I’m picturing in my head an old brass balance with an ability to measure intangible costs and benefits.

Brass Scales Of Justice Off Balance, Symbolizing Injustice, Over White

What are these costs and benefits I’m weighing out on my imaginary scale? Let me attempt to explain:

This morning while walking to class, I had to be brisk as I was running a little late from not giving myself enough time to cook and eat breakfast and pack a lunch, as I am on campus all day on Wednesdays. Now, I could have easily been on time had my lunch just been some granola bars and easily transportable fruit, such as bananas and apples. Instead, I chose to spend 20 minutes or so chopping up vegetables and fruits and making sure I had my vitamins and minerals alongside of some protein (today, black bean dip and almonds). While walking to class, I got to thinking why I chose to do this rather than save time, and why most other people today decide to save time rather than preparing a fresh meal of whole foods. It seems to me that our society has become extremely used to the idea of food being fuel only, rather than also using it to create the beautiful meals possible through utilization of fresh ingredients. For many people of today in the U.S., getting food quickly is more important than taking the time to use fresh ingredients and working to make sure all of their nutrients are ingested through something they themselves created. For me, this is not the case. I think waking up a little earlier or taking a little more time the night before to prepare well balanced meals made with whole foods is completely worth the little extra time it costs me. So, ask yourself, is saving a little time worth omitting the best possible options for your body’s health?

a note on carrots

I’d say this is pretty close to common knowledge now, but just in case you haven’t heard yet, there’s no such thing as baby carrots. To make baby carrots, food companies buy big carrots and put them through all sorts of processes to make them look the way they do, including soaking them in (an FDA approved amount of) chlorine to clean them. It’s less chlorine than you would put in your pool, so it is safe to eat them still, but the more natural root would just be to buy your own big carrots and cut them up yourself. Not only does cutting out the middle man (probably) save some of the nutrients in your carrots, but carrots also taste fresher when you peel and cut them yourself. Just don’t forget to wash them!

…but don’t forget your soul

My last post was about how you can help yourself by eating for your skin. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t practice self discipline 100% of the time, so eating for my skin isn’t something I obsess about all day, every day, but I do try and do my best. Having said that, I am ADDICTED to mac & cheese, love pizza, and don’t mind a fat, juicy pulled pork sandwich with a side of fries every once in a while. In case you didn’t see the pattern, I love salt. So yes, I encourage you all to eat for your skin and overall general physical health, but don’t forget about your soul! I believe it’s usually okay to eat anything, as long as you do so in moderation, so try not to become so crazy about your food that you never indulge! Indulgence is important. Too much is glutinous, but just a little is what will help keep you sane.

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