Life Experienced Through Food

I’m a glutton for passion with an insatiable appetite for adventure. I know I’m not alone as we’re all born with an innate curiosity and primal craving for exploration. We all have a visceral hunger for knowledge. We all long to understand the world around us and to find our purpose in it. One can argue that until we find our purpose in life, we are merely existing rather than living. One of the core elements of existentialism is freedom of choice, which according to the philosophy, is a critical determinant of one’s identity. We all inherently have the freedom to choose. The choices? Whether to exist or live. Whether to survive or thrive. Whether to reach our full potential and experience all that life has to offer, or to settle for the status quo. Unfortunately, for most of us the freedom to choose is heavily impacted by social constructs. Consistent with this reasoning, our identity then is also influenced by social constructs. The current U.S. food system has created an environment where our food choices are relegated to options that are convenient and cost effective. Mass produced food, or rather food products, that are most readily accessible, available and affordable are not that which reflect the cultural diversity of the people that make up this country.  Our capacity to experience life and thus reach our full potential is impacted by societal confines that influence our food choices. Limited food choices resulting from social determinants restrict our capacity to actualize one’s identity and ultimately experience life. I believe that one of the ways our potential for self-actualization can be increased is by increasing our freedom of food choice via microcosmic food system restructuring.  Okay, okay…all I’m trying to say is that we can make a difference and regain our freedom of food choice by selectively and intentionally choosing our food.  Yes, it is much more convenient said than done, but we could definitely impact our food system by using our consumer power.  Demand impacts markets so imagine what could happen if more of us started growing our own food, buying from local farmers, shopping at farmers markets, participating in community shared agriculture, or I don’t know…even just spending the little extra on food that was actually alive at one point rather than “food” that’s been processed so much to the point that it is legally called a food product.   Anywho, you have to excuse me and my rambling.  I just heard someone mention recently, “you are what you eat” and these were just some thoughts of a foodie.  What do you think?