My center son was incensed the other day when so many people felt a need to “help me” manage what is a normal emotion – anger. I hadn’t thought about it, really, but then I could see his point.
He suggested I start something called “Inappropriate Monday,” to address the things that need to be discussed but are minimized or trivialized in our society – heck, even here in our little community – and, since he’s winning scholarships and all, I thought, “What the heck, maybe he has a point?”
Welcome to our first (and mayhaps only) Outrageous Tuesday. Here you’ll find all the things that even I am afraid to say.
Today’s topic is “On Eating Dirty.”
So I saw another post go by this morning about “eating clean” and, of course, that made me think of all the people in life who can’t afford to eat clean.
I suppose they “eat dirty.”
I wonder when our food choices became a status symbol? The first I remember being really offended by the whole thing was when juicing became a thing.
It seemed like everybody who was anybody was spending six to eight bucks a morning on veggies or carryout juices.
As a former single mother, I was appalled. I mean, grab a banana for god’s sake.
The other day I had lunch with someone who is on a very tight budget right now and we talked about how much more expensive it is to eat nutritionally than it is to eat junkier stuff. Many people simply can’t afford it and the truth is it’s cheaper to eat “dirty” than clean.
Way, WAY cheaper.
We might wish it would be otherwise, but it isn’t. And please don’t get me started on the sanctimonious thread about “choices” and “sacrifices” and such. When you are living on the margins, those choices are not available to Beautiful You.
Eating well is a luxury.
Way back in the day – I mean, way, way back – I remember being all torn up about the way we divide ourselves up into “the cool people” and everyone else. Maybe if I had been one of the cool ones, I would have liked it more.
That shit should end with childhood. But it doesn’t. And we promulgate it by the use of our language around what we choose to put on our supper plate.
It’s a privilege to be able to afford fresh vegetables. And nuts. Don’t even get me started on nuts.
If you can afford organic you are very wealthy indeed.
If you have chosen to “eat clean” and you can afford to do so, blessings are indeed upon you. But let’s not use our dietary choices to divide us into the have’s and the have not’s.
It reeks of ingratitude and fancied superiority.
It makes light of our own blessings.
And it keeps us from truly loving each other.
With Outrageous Love, Jen
Photo: Flickr: The Marmot