Eating: So Stressful!
Eating should be relaxing and enjoyable, the exact opposite of stress. But everyday life takes up everything and hardly leaves us the time to enjoy our mealtimes in a relaxed way.
More and more working people have an irregular daily routine; they have to be “flexible” and “multitask.” In business circles, you can overhear the phrase “Lunch is for wimps.” It comes from Oliver Stone’s movie Wall Street, and it’s flat-out nonsense.
Exactly this: a relaxing lunch break, eating light (and digestible) fare, and when possible, a short nap (an old German habit that’s been re-imported from the US as “Power Napping”) afterwards is a recipe for career success. Good food leads to good work; good performance through good nutrition.
As if everyday life weren’t stressful enough, then the health industry, with its promises, gets on one’s nerves.
Hardly a day goes by when researchers don’t rediscover “healthy” food. Dried apples contain a strong cholesterol blocker, walnuts are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, sea buckthorn is a veritable fountain of vitamin C, broccoli protects you from arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure, consuming chocolate is good for the heart, red wine inhibits cancer. And so on.
On top of that, we’re also burdened by ever-changing food trends and fads; once we were warned to stay away from fat, then protein, and now we should avoid carbohydrates.
So-called “innovations” in the food industry, heavily advertised and marketed as “Functional Food” that, according to its manufacturers (and only according to them!), offer health benefits, are also a stress factor. Supermarkets turn into pharmacies, and none of us need that.
Amazingly enough, humans survived for over 160,000 years without the food industry. We settled the most extreme climactic zones, from the Arctic to the deserts, with dramatically different food supplies—and we also survived there without artificial additives, aromas, preservatives, without diets, and without dietary supplements.
The human body is quite something, and we shouldn’t stress ourselves over what to eat, but simply remember to eat fresh, regional, organic foods—just as our forefathers did.