This post is in response to the NaBloPoMoUK challenge: a blog post a day throughout November. I’m using the prompts at www.blogher.com.
If you knew that whatever you ate next would be your last meal, what would you want it to be? Would you choose something fast or sweet and completely unhealthy based on the assumption that there could be no consequences? Or would your preference be for a quality meal, carefully prepared, something to be savoured and enjoyed?
When I was younger, I would have chosen the sweet treat, without a doubt. I was obsessed by sugary foods and felt compelled to eat them every day. It’s only in recent years that I’ve read more and realised quite how lethal sugar is. It’s addictive, has absolutely no nutritional value and is more difficult for the body to process as it ages. Back in the day, I didn’t appreciate how a poor diet can contribute to so many illnesses, so I ate the sugary foods and became gradually less healthy. I was once, briefly, hugely overweight and very unhealthy and I’m sure if I’d continued eating in that way I would be even more so now. You know the quote: let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
These days I try to take better care of myself and feed myself well all the time. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about how damaging it can be to eat sugar. A well known actor in his 70s is reported as having cut sugar out of his diet completely, making no other changes, and losing 21 pounds in very short order. A newly slim celebrity has said that the reason she abandoned her high-sugar diet and lost a lot of weight was because she didn’t want to become infirm and immobile as a result of her eating habits. I’m now aware that I don’t want my food choices to hasten infirmity or poor health and in order to get the most out of every day, now and in the future, I prefer to eat healthily. If I eat badly, I enjoy my food less than if I take time to savour a quality meal.
So, if my next meal really were to be my last, with no consequences, would I choose the sugary treat that I would have had in my younger days? Not a chance. These days I would choose quality ingredients, carefully prepared and cooked, bursting with freshness and flavour; even if the meal was my last.