For the past two weeks I’ve been feeling guilty about not writing, so that’s what I’m going to write about.

Americans (and people in general) do too much stuff, thanks to culture and technology. People are stressed all the time, working constantly, eating out because they don’t have enough time to cook, always on their cell phones (even when they should be spending quality time with loved ones) and trying to stuff a healthy life style in every free minute (because we’re “supposed” to) and we wonder why we’re stressed an constantly suffering from some sort of ailment, be it physical or mental. Myself, I have been guilty of all of these things (except the active lifestyle) for the past two weeks.

One area that often gets forgotten amidst the culturally induced stress, is caring about where our food comes from. I’ve found that most people that who are the most knowledgeable and vigilant in their practice of eating and living well are those individuals that are so blessed to be working in the field (pun partially intended). I believe that this is the reason why so many of us live in ignorance, not knowing what we’re putting in and on our bodies. It’s not that people don’t care, it’s that they don’t have time for it.

Think about fast food for a minute. It’s the ultimate American delicacy. Not because of how good it tastes or what it’s made of, but because it’s cheap, fast, and easy. It fits into the “always on the run” lifestyle that so many of us have deemed “normal.”

Just remember, if we lived in Europe, long lunches, full fat food and vacations would be considered “normal,” too. It’s all culturally dictated.

While less regulation of our small farmers might take some of the stress off the consumer making local, fresh, healthy food more easily accessible, consumers need to start talking with their wallets. I always hear people say, “If it was cheaper I’d buy it.” Well start buying it, people, and it will get cheaper! (I say that will all the love and compassion in the world, of course.) The more people who buy it the more “normal” it becomes. We, the people, need to somehow figure out a way to may living healthy and eating fresh, local, real food a part of our every day requirement; like brushing our teeth. It’s okay to floss every once in a while, but if you let it slide too much, you’ll end up getting drilled.

Tomorrow, I will wake up early, go to yoga, eat a healthy meal, soak up my vitamin D sunshine, and enjoy life. Then I will go grocery shopping and plan my meals for the week with the utmost intention of eating delicious, wholesome meats and veggies. If I continue to make the effort, I will be making a conscious effort to benefit myself and my community. If I forget or get lazy, I will be hurting myself and my community.

“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.” –Dumbledore