Since visiting Los Angeles a few weeks ago it has really opened up my eyes about not only what we are eating but HOW much we are eating. What has happened to quality food over quantity? The size of the typical meal in LA was massive compared to what I am used to here in Australia. I mostly dined at gorgeous organic restaurants but when I went out with others we generally went to your typical American places which included the Cheesecake Factory.
Now if you have never been to the Cheesecake Factory you truly haven’t seen a massive meal! The plates were enormous. The menu was a small novel of at least 10 pages to choose from. When we all ordered and the food came out it was unbelievable. When did we get to a place where restaurants think people want so much? Unfortunately there was so much waste just from our table alone that it made me upset as we had walked past many homeless people on our way here. What is happening?!?
This was just the beginning. At every place we ate at there was so much wastage all around us. How can we be ok with this? Why does so much food have to be served up? After the first few days I started working out to order a half serve or an appetiser.
It was interesting to see the amount of people overweight at all of the places we visited. If we can move back to eating quality food over quantity then our health could truly be improved and the sheer wastage would be reduced.
This topic was also motivated by a short video I watched the other day which showed the implications of the mass production of food that is happening. I urge you to watch it here. It has really made me start to think about where my food is coming from and the quality of it right here at home.
There are a number of things you can do to improve the quality of your foods and improve your health and the health of your family instantly. All of these suggestions will actually reduce your food bill!
- Move away from packaged mass produced ‘food like’ products and get back to basics such as fruits and vegetables.
- Shop at local markets or find a co-op.
- Think about what you are ordering when eating out. Look around and see the size of the meals and maybe order an appetiser.
I would love to know what your thoughts are about this topic!