All of these are things that come naturally when we have a good, ordered home life, when there is enough time to prepare healthy and nutritious meals, and the family sits down to eat together. And these are precisely the things that are missing in our over-rushed, ever-hurrying, impossibly stressful culture.
I remember how in our last semester we had to plan a menu for a woman who works 12 hours a day, doesn't cook, has a lunch break that only lasts ten minutes, doesn't eat breakfast, and most of her food is consumed late at night. So while we tried to find possible solutions (yogurt drinks, fiber-rich snacks, etc), the following thought struck me: how come no one asks why we live this type of life anyway, and what on earth is so important that we don't even allow ourselves the time to eat?
Obviously, there are no miracles. No sort of healthy eating pattern can be incorporated in a day when you don't have the time to sit down and eat, let alone prepare food.
We don't need starvation diets and magical pills to be healthy. All we need is a good home life, and good, regular, healthy meals which come with it; we need unhurried family time and a healthy amount of exercise; and we'll be just fine! In my grandmother's time, obesity and metabolic syndrome were much less prevalent, while people ate butter and cream and fried eggs without a second thought. Yet they were healthy. Because they ate in moderation, and because they didn't have to overstuff themselves with unhealthy take-out meals or frozen foods loaded with salt, sugars and MSG.
Now, not all homemade foods are necessarily healthful. But isn't it obvious that our general health and well-being – including our eating behavior – is suffering since family life has been damaged? Exhausted beyond measure in the end of our packed day, we slouch in front of the TV with some quick convenience food and eat, and eat, with our eyes glued to the screen. No wonder our brain doesn't register what we're consuming. Sometimes, frustrated beyond words, feeling we have no control over our life, we compensate ourselves with food.
We deserve better than this. Our families deserve better than this. Bring back good home life and healthy homemade meals, and give us a decent share of hard physical work, and I assure you, we will be so, so much better off.