“Dietary factors are linked to four of the ten leading causes of death in the United States: coronary heart disease, certain types of cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.”(1) So, we have a few problems here in America. One problem is lack of time. The overworked business professionals who have one, two, three, four or heaven forbid more children. To work a 40-50-hour stress-ridden work week, keep a clean house, pay the bills, save for retirement, do something fun on the weekends, work-out, have romantic time, grocery shop, plan and cook a dinner every night, pray the dinner is nutritious and tasty, and clean-up everything after the fact – it’s no wonder time is an issue. The symptoms of this lack of time, unfortunately, become, poor dietary lifestyles. The symptoms become, early onset disease.
The second problem is knowledge. Knowledge of food, knowledge of cooking, knowledge of nutrition. 28% or almost one third of the U.S. population say they don’t know how to cook. (2) So, if time was a non-issue and one third of the U.S. population had a healthful recipe and all the bountiful ingredients to cook that recipe right in their kitchen, they wouldn’t know where to start. Further, 50% of them wouldn’t even want to start. That’s right, 50% of Americans say they hate to cook. (3) The lack of knowledge and willpower doesn’t stop at cooking. But what to cook? For example, someone becomes newly diagnosed with celiac disease and must avoid all gluten; an ingredient in virtually all conventional food products. What are they to do once the clinical handout doesn’t answer their question?
The last and most diverse problem that affects each and every one of us regardless of time constraints, knowledge, ethnicity, or social class – your relationship with food. Even food experts struggle with this one. Because relationships are on-going, they take work. They aren’t black and white, they’re ever-changing. Your relationship with food is a holistic yet invisible entity that only you have the power to control. It’s a journey involving mindfulness, understanding, knowledge (of course), and balance. Your relationship with food isn’t so much a problem, it’s more of a dance. And sometimes, (okay, a lot of times) you’ve got two left feet.
Now, what if I told you there were services and people behind those services who could teach you how to dance with food. Welcome to The Holistic Trick – I’m so glad you decided to stop by. Now, get on your dancing shoes!