Archives for: October 2008, 17
I like to look in peoples' shopping carts at the supermarket. I am fascinated by what other people buy and how they survive on the highly processed food I see in their carts.
Just this week I stood in line behind a women who was purchasing just about every snack pack for school lunches that the store offered. It looked like she simply went down the aisle and put one of each in her cart. The screaming kids that circled her cart may have had something to do with it, but she had allowed it.
I had to resist the urge to ask her why she would pay good money for things that were bad for her family. A few of the questions that went through my head as I stood in line with her were:
Was she thinking about her families long term health?
Did she care about her future grandchildren?
Did she understand the term "empty calories"?
What was her blood type?
It took me a minute to realize that she like millions of others is living in darkness. Fooled into believing that the food manufactuerers and the supermarkets have our best interests at heart. This lie is what I believe keeps people from reading food labels. They look at the outside of the package and see the words organic, low fat, whole grains, natural and put it right into the cart, never reading further on the package.
This same subliminal lie is promoted by Whole Foods and Trader Joes where people believe that once they step through the doors of these stores they enter a world where all the food is "healthy". Somehow the foods in these stores is immune to unhealthy ingredients. Health food stores are viewed by the public as superior to the SAD (standard american diet) supermarket. So if you shop at one of the healthy stores you are viewed as a healthier person.
It's all about the labels, and how they are interpreted.
I am a label reader whether I am in the health food store or in the SAD supermarket, I always take a look at the ingredients before the item enters my cart. I have gotten into this habit after being burned more then once thinking I was buying something "healthy", then realizing after I got home, that high fructose corn syrup was the first ingredient.
If you are following the Blood Type or Genotype diet one of the basic things you can do is take the time to read the labels on all your food items. I challenge you to start reading those labels and to teach your children to do the same.