Substandard

via Daily Prompt: Substandard

Where to begin… Everyone has a different idea about what they consider “substandard”. My idea includes second-rate, sub par, and half-ass effort. Basically, it sucks, whatever IT is. Please allow a rant, or three.

A lot of people think our president is substandard, rather I think that Congress as a whole is substandard.  I think telling the country that you will do something if given the chance but then, in essence, saying “we were just kidding” is garbage. I think that Congress said they wanted to repeal Obamacare and passed bills for years that they knew had no shot for any number of reasons, including that several of them are making money off of healthcare related investments (via stocks in Big Pharma, medical supply companies, etc). I thought this before I ever heard and Talk Radio talking heads say this.

Some people think that McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Whataburger, etc. serve good, tasty food, and I disagree. I think those place serve substandard food, since most of it is cheap quality, made of GMO ingredients,  chemical-laden, and detrimental to your health. If you disagree, please watch “Supersize Me”, “Food, Inc.”, “King Corn”,  and any other more recent films that discuss the quality and health of the American food supply. I know the argument about people buying what they can afford and what is available, and I understand that food deserts do exist in many areas. However, many cities have expanded availability of farmer’s markets, which often times take food stamps (or whatever they are now called in your state) as payment. I go on this little rant because I have family and friends/co-workers with serious health issues that will cost them and the healthcare system A LOT of money throughout their lives because they refuse to make simple changes. I am not a perfect  person or eater, but I like to think that I learn from at least some of my mistakes

I think it is substandard to misrepresent yourself and your abilities, especially if you own a business that provides a services for which  people pay you a lot of money. When we renovated our newly purchased home, this was a HUGE  problem. We hired painters, with good reviews on Yelp, that couldn’t paint and we hired tile installers that either didn’t know how to grout or didn’t care about doing a good job. The end result was Husband repainting the house after we had some re-texturize the walls, and he later had to replace grout that crumbled in less than 3 months. We are looking at our options regarding the tile job and, unfortunately, the outcome of legal involvement against the painters resulted in us not owing them the result of the bill (after paying half) and them not paying us the money we wanted back for crappy work… and it ended up costing us more to fix/finish the job. Completely SUBSTANDARD!

I am not asking for much, just for people to get up everyday and do their best to be good, decent, and honest people. I make mistakes too, but I at least 90% of the time try to do what I should do as a good, decent, and honest person. I don’t think that this is asking too much.

 

Red Pill, Blue Pill… and choosing food for mind and body

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt from 08/21/15: “Red Pill, Blue Pill.” If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?

Buddha's Brew TangerineThe short answer is no,  because I would hate to give up my favorite foods and drinks, including coffee, Boyfriend’s chocolate chip and double chocolate peanut butter cookies, and the wonderful dinners that he prepares us out of simple but healthy ingredients, pizza, hamburgers from Mighty Fine, fresh squeezed orange juice, Buddha’s Brew kombucha, and many other tasty items.

courtesy of infowars.com

My next answer is that this reminds me of Alex Jones, the well-known alternative media man from Infowars.com and Infowars radio, who talks about taking the red pill or the blue pill to know the truth or to stay in the dark about the reality of our world. He often plays a clip from the movie The Matrix, with Morpheus offering Neo a way to learn the truth for himself.  Before you leave my page due to mention of a “conspiracy theorist”, I urge you to check out Infowars.com because it is a great place to find out what is really going on in the world and the articles usually offer supporting links so you can do more research. Ok, now back to food.

I am skeptical of quick-fix solutions in general, and I am assuming that this nutritional solution would be produced in a lab, likely making it chemical based and/or genetically modified. Not that I am a perfect, healthy eater, but I try to avoid regular consumption of fast food, modified, GMO, HFCS, artificial dyes/colors/etc. whenever possible.  I don’t eat McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Whataburger, KFC, or any of the other similar restaurants because of the quality and content of the food. The place I fall down on this the most is at work when the department is celebrating a birthday or holiday, and I decide to have the piece of cake, despite its foot-long list of ingredients.

Boyfriend's cookies going into the oven
Boyfriend’s cookies going into the oven

Boyfriend and I have done our research and have learned what we can and should eat based on how our bodies react to food. We do not react well to the fake, “pancake syrup” given for your waffles or pancakes at many restaurants, often feeling sluggish and tired after dousing our food with high fructose corn syrup. Both of us were really excited to find out that Kerbey Lane, a Central Texas restaurant that serves breakfast 24 hours a day, has both “pancake syrup” and the real maple syrup, which they will give you if you ask. We are willing to pay the extra dollar for real maple syrup, and we are both happy that this restaurant sources a lot of its ingredient from local farmers.

Food is really important for nourishing your mind, body, and soul. I realize that food serves a purpose and is necessary for each of us to survive, whether it is tasty or not, and whether it is affordable or not, but being able to choose your food is satisfying. I have taken people to get food at a food pantry as a function my job, and I have delighted in seeing people be able to choose between chicken noodle soup and sirloin vegetable soup, or between wheat bread and French bread. Food takes us to another part of ourselves through our senses and our memories, good and bad.

rutamaya-mediumroast-I remember cutting vegetables with my grandmother and eating cucumbers while I helped her cook, and that crosses my mind when I am making myself a salad. Tasting one of Boyfriend’s wonderful chocolate chip cookies makes me feel loved and reminds me of making cookies to share with others while I was growing up. Each and everyone of us has a story about a meal, a place he/she used to go for family celebrations or a smell that would permeate their home at a special time. Why would we completely give that up for convenience in pill-form, when eating at McDonald’s is bad enough? The conspiracy theorist in me is sure that the powers that be already have the idea for us to consume our nutrients and whatever else they feel is good for us in the form of pills, capsules and other devices with no other choice sometime in the future.

Until then, I will eat my salads, my golden scrambled eggs, grass-fed beef or bison, seasoned organic chicken with Brussels sprouts, home-made cookies, Ruta Maya coffee with Mill-King organic whole milk and other tasty items made with real ingredients that make me happy, if nothing else.

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