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Some thoughts from Dick Puddlecote’s post on Christmas:
1. DRINKING ALCOHOL…
Everything in moderation is OK. The fact that something doesn’t kill us in small quantities doesn’t mean that we should overindulge in it.
Same point. Though it has been shown that calorie restricted mice do live longer than morbidly obese mice. Though the kinds of food eaten are probably a major factor too.
3. FATTY FOODS…
Fatty foods are good for you. The human body needs fat to work. Just as it needs loads of other vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, etc as well to function properly.
Pure chocolate, not the british chocolate and definately not american chocolate.
5. ENJOY BEING LAZY…
Sleep is definately necessary. Not just for the body but for the brain too. Don’t sleep for a week and you go mad.
6. OR, WALK IT OFF…
And exercise is good too – in moderation. Doing too much exercise doesn’t make you any better than doing just enough.
7. ALL IN THE FAMILY
8. LAUGHTER’S STILL THE BEST MEDICINE
9. KEEP THE CARDS COMING
Humans are social animals. They thrive in their own group. And knowing that they are liked by their own tribe means that stress levels aren’t raised as there is no need to fight or argue.
10. POWER OF PRAYER
Prayer or any other form of meditation (not yoga stuff) such as just doing nothing is just as good. It seems the human brain needs some faith to allow it cope with the real world without going mad.
So enjoying yourself in moderation over a long period means that you can over indulge for certain times when you can really let your hair down and enjoy being alive. Anyone who tries to ban and stop you is only jealous because they can’t enjoy it – usually due to some chemical imbalance from not over indulging.
Look at the bags of perfect fruit, shiny, unblemished, the supermodels of the apple world. They only look like that because of the grading out of fruit which, while perfectly edible, is not comely enough for harried shoppers. … Which goes some way to explaining why Britain, a country perfectly suited to growing apples, now imports 70% of those we eat. … but it is possible to reverse the numbers so that only 30% come from abroad, if we stop being obsessed over the look of the fruit and are prepared to pay more for what we buy, so that fruit farmers could invest in new varieties and the best storage techniques.
I don’t think we should be obsessed about paying more for our food. We should be obsessed about paying less. Paying less for food which doesn’t meet the exacting standard set by the supermarkets. Do we really need tomatoes that are within 1% of a specified size or they are thrown away – literally. Farmer’s aren’t paid for this food that doesn’t meet the standards.
Supermarkets have specified these exacting standards because it makes their job easier since they only need to have one price for a particular foodstuff. The consumer, given a choice about quality but no choice about price, will always choose the better riper rounder more colourful product. The supermarkets use this in their argument about why they do what do they do, but it’s a false argument.
If instead farmers were paid for this “lower quality” but still acceptable foodstuff, then they would be making more money. Maybe not at the same margin, but it’s still extra money which they aren’t getting at the moment. And consumers would win as well as those who are having to cut back their spending can still afford their food. Is it really necessary for everyone to have exactly the same quality of food?