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“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand…. Simplify, simplify!”  Henry David Thoreau

We live by a number of rather simple rules that influence our daily decisions.  Almost every major religion offers its followers a set of ethics or “commandments” and for thousands of years these guidelines have dictated societies core foundations.  Many of these guiding principles are very simple: don’t steal, love your father & mother, don’t kill and rest one day a week to name a few.

We then have another set of principles imposed on us by the framework of the society we live in; pay your taxes, don’t yell fire in a crowded theatre.

These simple rules are designed to allow us the freedom to pursue happiness.  Most of the time society benefits from the framework that is set in place.

The impending obesity epidemic is a situation that can only be addressed with a message encouraging a simple solution.

We have not been offered a set of guidelines that encourages health.  In every aspect of society we are pointed in the direction laid down by our founding fathers.  We operate in the largest capitalistic society on Earth and we are the beneficiaries of incredible wealth derived from the free flow of ideas and investment.

The failing of this system is in its ability to address health & well-being.

We lack a true, unbiased set of rules for nutrition.  Through the single pursuit of profit we have enabled large profit driven entities to dictate our nutritional diet.  The government or any other corporation is not in a position to offer a set of rules for the food we should eat.  Nor should they even try.  Do you expect a car salesman to tell you to ride a bike to work?  The enormity of the revenues derived from our sickness is well beyond the scope of our efforts to encourage prevention.

We have moved to far away from simple solutions.  In our attempt to satisfy everyone we satisfy no one.  It is time to step back and simplify.

Occam’s razor is the law of succinctness. It is a principle urging one to select among competing hypotheses that which makes the fewest assumptions and thereby offers the simplest explanation of the effect.  According to Occam’s Razor, all other things being equal, the simplest theory is the most likely to be true. In the context of human lifestyle, simplicity can denote freedom from hardship, effort or confusion. Specifically, it can refer to a simple living lifestyle.  (Wikipedia)

There are 30 different flavors of Pop Tarts.  Each Pop Tart lists at least 50 primary ingredients, if you break those down you are well into the 100’s.  That is not a simple food.  At its core, at some time in the past, it was likely flour, sugar, water… not anymore.

We need to focus, as individuals, to subscribe to a lifestyle of simplicity.  Breakdown your nutritional needs to a group of core ingredients.

Before my time, I am 42, there was a show called “Name that Tune.”  The contestants had to attempt to name a song in the least number of notes.  Try approaching your food in the same way.  Simplify the food to the least number of ingredients.  As an example; Rice Milk purchased in the store contains about 15 ingredients, including soy oil.  I made rice milk with 2.  Rice & Water.

Animal protein is not a simple food.  I am not speaking to the hunter who takes down a deer in the wild.  Meat & Dairy production is as industrialized as General Motors and the end result is a highly processed product with an ingredient list as long as your arm; from antibiotics to antidepressants.  (No joke, antidepressants have been found in chicken feathers analyzed in a majority of poultry in the U.S.)

A Plant Based Diet is a very simple way to approach nutrition.  There is nothing that can be provided by animal protein that cannot be provided by plants.  Period.

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  Albert Einstein