Each of us will shovel 35 tons of food into our mouths over our lifetime, or something close to 500 times our average weight. With that much stuff going through our body, it’s safe to say that what makes up that stuff will make a meaningful imprint on our lives.
However, even with food having a massive impact on our well-being and overall quality of life, it doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. I was personally never asked about my diet during my visits to the doctor even though most illnesses are at least indirectly tied to what we eat. In fact, medical schools focus very little on nutrition, which makes no sense.
Here’s the kicker though. Most people, including me until very recently, think that they do attribute quite a bit of importance to food, but that’s b.s.
Picture the following scenario. You win a lottery that pays you a net $5,000 every single year for the rest of your life. What do you do with that money? I’ve been throwing that question at random people I met in the last few days (ergo… scientific survey in my book) and most of the time it’s a lavish vacation, extra savings/investments, or general expenses, but not one person mentioned eating healthier or investing in their diet in any way. It’s just not something we even consider. Uncharted territory of sorts.
I think a good first step towards changing that is to start with the basics and paying attention to what we put in our mouth. It doesn’t have to be rocket science.