The more I think about it, the more it seems that a large part of our health - and especially unbalanced nutrition - problems are rooted simply in not having enough time to eat proper, healthy, unhurried meals. We are so speed crazy that often we just quickly swallow something calorie-rich and with zero nutritional value, while we are standing or walking.
Ever wondered why being a nutritionist/dietitian is so popular in our generation? Note that obesity is a modern curse, as are obesity-related diseases. When wives and mothers dedicated the majority of their time to take care of their families, when houses were homes, with fresh, homemade meals on the table every day, and the family gathered for a slow dinner and relaxed conversation around the table, cases of morbid obesity were so much less frequent.
One might argue, of course, that in the past there were long periods when food was simply not as easily obtained as it is today. But that certainly doesn't explain the situation entirely. In my great-grandmother's home, they never went hungry, and they didn't limit consumption of cream and butter and fatty meats. And they were always fit and healthy. They ate regularly, and ate well.
And they were physically active. It came naturally for them. Today we are so obsessed with time-saving that we'll drive rather than take a walk, even if it only saves us five minutes and even if we know we have to spend money on gas. When cars weren't so readily available, exercise was naturally incorporated into people's lives and no one had to go to the gym in order to walk on a treadmill.
Today I observed a woman who came for consultation with one of my supervisors. She told she always feels tired and hungry and is constantly gaining weight. After a few questions, it turned out this woman doesn't sleep more than 4-5 hours every day. She comes home after a 10-hour-long day at work - and cooks, cleans, folds laundry, and checks her children's homework. Her husband, who works 14 hours every day, can't really help her much either. No wonder she can't get her weight under control - she hardly has time to eat, and she certainly doesn't have time to plan healthy and balanced meals!
So what was the advice this woman got? "Just let the house go. You can do everything during weekends. Why is it that a woman who works 10 hours every day comes home to take care of dirty floors and unwashed laundry?!"
I ask a different question: how come a wife and mother - and clearly a good, devoted wife and mother, who wants to take care of her family - has to work 10 hours outside the home every day? How come we are under the influence of the dangerous illusion that we must work ourselves to the border of exhaustion in order to "have it all together"?