I had a discussion with someone who had stage 4 cancer. I told them that I did not believe we will ever find a cure for cancer. They asked me why and I said: "as long as we keep eating garbage and poisoning our bodies cancer will continue".
Look at cancer patients. What is the first thing they do when you are diagnosed with cancer? Change your lifestyle and change your eating habits.
The problem is, eating junk food is more convenient and affordable than eating healthy. And when I say "junk food" I don't just mean things like pop and chips. I mean processed foods, unhealthy fat, sugars, and salt.
If you look at, for example, Albertans who are struggling to make ends meet and pay the necessities like rent and hydro it's a matter of $1.79 for a 2 litre of pop versus $2.99 for a 2 litre of orange juice. Money plays a big role too.
And I include "foreign foods" into this. Too many foods now are subject to things like e-coli and chemical enhancement, two things that would not happen if the produce was picked locally.
True, you can't get fresh oranges to grow in Southern Ontario in December but there are many things that used to be grown here in the spring-fall that are now arriving on our grocery shelves from foreign countries.
I believe that all products, including those fresh made like bakery, should include not only a clear list of ingredients but, in the case of mixed ingredient items, in brackets the country of origin of those items. Let's say a product that has several ingredients, a fruitful cookie, okay, orange USA), cranberry (Canada), raisins (USA) produced in USA. So not only do we know where it was created but we know where the parts came from.
How can we expect people to eat healthy and avoid bad things when people don't know what the bad things are? We need to educate people not on foods to avoid but what all those nasty things are in that cookie and why some of it really doesn't need to be there.
And then, lifestyle, how many of us including myself go out for daily walks (yes, even when it is cold)?
How many people still open a window when the air is cool and fresh on a normal hot summer day versus using their air conditioners and lock themselves up in their homes?
How many of us are sitting on the computer right now reading the news and instead of meeting with friends over coffee to discuss it we just hit the Share button?
Change of diet and change of lifestyle. Why do we all wait until we are sick, pregnant or motivated by terminal illness to change our lives for the better?