by Angi Ingalls
PCOS in ConnecTion
“When I was your age, I had to walk 5 miles to school, up 3 hills, both directions, in the snow, barefoot.” Ahhh the comments our pappys and nannas used to make.
When our generation gets older, our comments will be something along the lines of “When I was your age, we had to turn our steering wheels, by hand, with all 5 fingers, that were broken.” I can see it now.
But, ya know what I envy most about our grandparents and ancestors? Their available food was ‘born’ healthier, the air was fresher and they were less likely to deal with some of the illnesses we face today.
I think a lot of medical professionals, when they do studies, make comparisons or bring up how things used to be; they forget to include the impact of our environment and the chemicals around us. Not just in humans but in our earth-sprout foods and animals as well.
I work in an all-male environment. The other day my two bosses and another colleague were talking about their New Year’s resolution diet pact. It’s the infamous low-carb/high protein plan that is known to most of us.
I was listening to one of the guys explaining how the system works to a fourth employee who was curious as to what they were doing. Being anti-plan, I rolled my eyes and shook my head. This stirred up a peaceful debate among us. One of the comments my boss made was about how the caveman ate and how our bodies were designed to eat meat – taken from the plan’s book.
There are several flaws in this one statement alone.
The cavemen were much less lazy then we are. They had to forage for food; they had to maintain house and home; and take care of normal family responsibilities. I’m sure they had their fun and gathered around the firepits sharing stories but I don’t think they sat around watching the newest reality series, chuggin’ on beer and gorging on pizza.
There were no unhealthy foods. While I do think that a golden crème-filled pastry would have survived during the ice age, I don’t recall any archeologists making this discovery. Furthermore, had processed goodies existed back-in-the-day, civilization would surely not exist now.
Their environment was completely free of man-made chemicals. Unfortunately today, we have industrial chemicals like Eau de Toilette to entice our counterparts whereas generations ago they had no Toilet (either form of the word) and relied solely on their personalities and crude luxuries to win over their partners.
They had fewer viruses and illness. When your biggest concern is whose side dish you’ll become, there is little worry about what brand of tissue to buy or how much chicken noodle soup is on hand. The meat and foods they ate were generally untarnished as well. They didn’t have to worry about their next feast having Mad Cow Disease or whether their spinach was tainted with E-Coli.
Today we are living the complete opposite. How do you think all of these factors impact our health? Do you think our systems are altered and troubled and struggle to do their jobs that are supposed to be natural?
Even the food we eat has been altered by the environment or has additives that change how our bodies function. Let’s not forget that animals also have systems that are effected by our environment and the foods they eat which, in turn, can have the same effect on their bodies as it does on ours – and which end up on our plates.
Angi Ingalls; PCOS in ConnecTion
Guest PCOS writer
Educator for over 18 years
Diagnosed in 1985 at 12, living with PCOS since 1981
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