Why do we eat all the time?

Why do we eat all the time?

Mr Kelloggs created for the whole of the world the concept that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’. Funnily enough, I bet you your parents or your school teacher or somebody told you that. Even funnier, Mr Kelloggs sold breakfast cereal. I know, a shock.

We not only eat breakfast straight after waking up, normally, but we also have a mid-morning snack, that’s to keep us going, then we have lunch because it’s important not to skip meals, and then we have more snacks, to keep us perky and full of energy, just in case on a daily basis we are climbing a mountain or swimming the Atlantic ocean, then it’s dinner time, we might even on special occasions have pre-dinner snacks AKA as nibbles, then just before bed, in case we are back to more ocean swimming or mountaineering during the night, we’ll have some supper/snack or something.

The problem with this type of daily activity is manyfold, firstly, we tend to overeat, secondly, it’s costly, and thirdly our body works inefficiently as we are used to constantly receiving energy so the body only ever burns glucose and not our fat reserves and lastly, the planet suffers from our excessive consumption.

If we eat fewer meals in a smaller time window, of say 5-6 hours, we run our bodies leanly. This habit of eating has become fashionably known as ‘fasting’ as if we all are suddenly becoming religious and are starving ourselves.

If we look at other species on the planet, unless they are domesticated pets, they eat infrequently and tend to be lean, unless they carry excess fat in colder conditions or to survive hibernation over the winter. 

We do not need to eat often and we would be physically healthier for it. However, the machine that is the commercialised food industry has convinced us otherwise and if we really want to be healthier and save the planet, we’d be better off eating less and less often. It’s not fasting it is normal eating.

Where have all the insects gone?

Where have all the insects gone?

I am 55 years old…I know, I don’t look it! When I was a kid, we used to go on family holidays to France and drive from Calais in the north all the way to the south, and in the days before motorways, it would take a few days. 

One of the things that I remember about those long summer trips was my father having to stop the car every so often to get out and thoroughly clean all the dead insects off the windscreen as the screenwash and wipers could only do so much. Then as an adult, we repeated the same trips to France on holidays with our kids and perhaps 20 years ago, I had to do the very same thing, stop to clean the windscreen of all the squished bugs. I didn’t think anything of it.

I was never a huge fan of insects as a kid and there were a lot of them, particularly in the summertime.

The other thing I remember as a kid was House Martins that used to nest in the eaves of our house above our bedroom window. I was amazed that they came every year, although it seemed normal, and I was equally amazed by their incredible ariel acrobatics as they flew and ate insects on the wing. There were a huge number of birds of all varieties.

Suddenly, I started to notice no insects on the windscreen, fewer moths when you had the windows open in the summer, no more House Martins, fewer birds in general, and fewer insects in general.

As the human race has gone to GM crops, more pesticides and industrial-scale agriculture to keep up with our over-consumption of food so have insects declined.

In the UK insects have declined by 60% and I am sure this is a similar thing occurring across the planet. 

Now you could say great, cleaner windscreens, less annoying insects, and better crop yields.

There has been a great deal of very important coverage of the plight of our fluffy bumble bees, and rightly so, however, without insects the whole ecosystem is doomed.

We are not separate from nature, as we have been conditioned to believe, and as humans, we are trying and are going to fail miserably in our mistaken thoughts that we are separate and can control nature. We are nature, we are a part of it, the same as insects and all other living things. 

We have to start to return to the indigenous roots that were completely in tandem and part of nature. Most of the remaining valuable ecosystems are under the custodianship of indigenous peoples, who work in partnership with nature and take only from the surplus of what nature provides and work with nature to put back in so there is always abundance. They respect nature as they see themselves at one with it and therefore only taking the overage means there is always something there for next year and so on.

The rest of the world, seeing themselves as separate and more important than nature, are stripping the planet of everything to feed their financial gain and internal lack. The sense of lack within ourselves is the primary cause of the addictive overconsumption of everything. However, the consumption does not soothe the lack it only feeds it.

If we want to see a change, more insects, more birds, more wildlife, and a better environment then we have to stop seeing ourselves as separate from nature and realise that we are all part of the one life that is the universe and all that is in it. We also have to be the first to change and realise that we can all make our difference.