Approximately a month ago, an amazing man noticed that my vocabulary for food was not appropriate. I cannot remember what kind of food it was exactly but I am sure it was something made out of sugar. In my mind, I see sugar as being one of the silent killers in the 21st century -amongst others- especially if one starts noticing that it is almost everywhere. Hence, I avoid it, whenever my logic is stronger than my emotions, and used to consider and refer to it as “shit”.
Once I had uttered: “That’s shit”, he got upset. “Don’t say that!”, he reacted. I had stroke a nerve and for that moment I had not really realised what he was pointing out. A few seconds later, after a weird pause, he went on to explain his way of thinking. He had mentioned all the people that were hungry and starving at that moment and all the people that were dying due to starvation or suffered under food insecurity, people that would be more than grateful and more than excited to stimulate their taste buds with a sweet surrender to sugar.
I was embarrassed. I was humbled. I now understood. “What a fool I am!”, I thought. He was right. Some moments later I apologised and agreed that he was right.
In fact, as the World Food Program (WFP) states: “There are 805 million (11%) undernourished people in the world today. That means one in nine people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide.” Moreover, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United States (FAO), the number of undernourished people has been the lowest between 2012 and 2014 since 1990, making a progress of 8%.
On the same day, I had, unfortunately, made the same mistake again. I got frustrated, he got a bit more upset. I guess this was something hardwired to my way of looking at sugary food. On this second occasion, he actually gave me advice: ” Don’t say that! Say that food is not delicious”. “Exactly! Or not as nutritional or not healthy!”, I contemplated irritably to myself.
Since then I have been thanking this man for the observation and advice, and have been consciously rewiring, reviewing, enriching my food vocabulary. I constantly make an effort to regard food as a present and pray for the ones that have limited or none of it. Below I listed some adjectives to describe food I once viewed as “shitty”. Use them to show respect for the food you have in front of you!
“Shitty” alternatives: not delicious , not nutritious, unhealthy, not tasty, not fresh, not appetising, not appealing, rancid, stale, rotten, unwholesome, not beneficial, with minimal worth/substance, not “pure”
I am working on the list as I go. Please feel free to comment with more beautiful adjectives for food you avoid or dislike. I welcome them 🙂
And today take a moment and appreciate every single bite of food you have!