Recreational Eating Culture
How times have changed (re: Recreational eating)
That, on top of “ordering in” as well. Pizza. Heroes. Asian food. Whatever. In fact, there was a stretch in our lives – where ALL food was prepared outside the home. On days we didn’t order – we ate leftovers. And people bitch about “outsourcing?” Yowee!
Sure, some places we’ve lived had sub-standard kitchens, so we had a minor excuse.
But those days are far behind us. For GOOD.
The love of cooking and self-sufficiency
These days, we prepare 99% of the food we eat in our own kitchen, with raw ingredients we sourced ourselves.
Be it farmers’ markets (including the awesome Amish Market in central Jersey we try to visit a couple times a month), decent supermarkets, or via CSA (when we can remember to pick up our weekly share!) No delivery of anything.
We’ll hit up the Acme or Shoprite in a pinch, and Kings as a last resort. Kings seems to us to be twice as expensive (and have you noticed their expiration dates have been weird as of late? Lots of premature spoilage!)
While eating has become quite “social,” it is not a necessity to make it an event.
There is a profound sense of joy that comes from preparing anything you want.
Some people (like myself) are fearless and skilled when it comes to cooking. I can make almost anything. I hardly need a recipe (but will not shy away from one), and rarely say I “can’t” do something.
Sure, some things are a bit time-consuming to make. I tend to gravitate towards more efficient meals. But there’s a time and place for everything.
What are the reasons for “eating out?”
I can think of three solid reasons that an occasional trip to a (reasonable) restaurant might make sense:
- You do not want (or don’t have time) to prepare your own food (includes the acquisition of said ingredients.)
- You don’t want to deal with the whole cleanup process (dishes, cookware, etc.)
- You want a change of pace. “Get out of the house.”
But those justifications are mostly lazy. Taking care of yourself and the tasks at hand shouldn’t be considered dreadful – when it’s for your own benefit. And changing your surroundings is easy – just go for a walk or drive somewhere! No need to pay crazy markups on basic life needs like food.
Sure, some can say the “social” aspect of it plays a role as well. But who says you can’t invite friends to your apartment? Other than potential hook-ups for single people, eating in your home is as wholesome as apple pie.
Below is a great guest post that talks about the problems with Recreational Eating courtesy of The New Modern Man.
If this doesn’t change your viewpoint on your current recreational eating style – well – that’s just too bad. For you.
Recreational eating has become a national obsession in Anglo America. In fact, discussing the last awesome meal or the next awesome meal was one of the few topics in our office sure not to offend someone before I left The Matrix. One dare not stray into such risqué topics as being attracted to a female in the office or talk about what a nice ass she has. No, topics such as those are the third rail, sure to get you a one-way ticket to the Principal’s… er… HR office. Just the smell of something in the microwave down the hall or of someone’s fast food lunch was enough to trigger recreational eating as a topic.
In a way, who can blame the average corporate serf. Recreational eating (along with shopping) is one of the few corporate approved outlets for their Freudian ids, since virtually any other drive they have, whether it be sexual or any other form of pleasure tightly constrained by a Puritanical and often nihilistic culture. (Just to clarify, the id is the source of our bodily needs, wants, desires, and impulses, particularly our sexual and aggressive drives.)
The average working person’s life is so pre-planned, micromanaged, and starved for free time there is very little time to enjoy life. As reported by Gallup, adults employed full-time in the U.S. now report working an average of 47 hours a week, and the trend lines are up year by year. A whopping 40% of full time employees report working more than 50 hours a week. In an age in which production capacity is so high it should easily be able to feed, clothe, and house every person in America, most of the profit produced by corporate human batteries is shifted up the pyramid to benefit a tiny cabal of corporate owners. Even Adam Smith spoke out against the type of monopolized economy we accept as the norm today. It’s little wonder many people indulge themselves when living this empty lifestyle.
On the other hand, by allowing themselves to be controlled so that their outlets for pleasure are limited to shopping and eating, they have become easy to parody, as comedian George Carlin so epically did:
Americans love the mall. That’s where they get to satisfy their two most prominent addictions at the same time. Shopping and Eating. Millions of semi-conscious Americans, day-after-day shuffling through the malls… Shopping and Eating, especially Eating. Americans love to eat. They are fatally attracted to the slow-death of fast food. Hot dogs, corn dogs, triple bacon cheeseburgers, deep-fried, butter-dipped in pork fat and Cheese Whiz, mayonnaise soaked barbecue, mozzarella patty melts. Americans will eat anything. Anything. Anything.
As much as shopping for things people don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t like, eating out has become the preferred social outlet for millennials. A full 20% of the public, including a millennials, spends an average of $5,100 a year on eating out. The average spent by all people each year eating out is $2,700, or a full $225 a month. This is obviously a wasteful lifestyle. What type of food do people prefer when they’re being filched for food they could cook themselves for a fraction of the cost? The National Restaurant Association put out this statement about what kind of corporate slop people prefer from the chain restaurant feedbag:
They tend to favor fast food, deli food and pizza restaurants over coffee shops, high-end dining and casual dining. Their diversity and interest in new things draw them to more ethnic restaurants too.
Ah, yes. I remember hearing stories about ethnic restaurants. It was as if people discussing their visits to these eateries had immersed themselves in another culture by dint of merely visiting ethnic restaurants. It’s also a way for leftists to prove to everyone around them how “down with the people” they are and how multicultural and superior they are. The obsession with eating out at ethnic restaurants and everywhere else has led to the burgeoning profits and burgeoning asses that are part and parcel of Americana in the 21st century.
There are a number of reasons for the obesity epidemic in America. Two of the biggest are the forcing of high carbohydrate, low fat diets on the populace. This has been a disaster. Without getting too far off track, carbohydrate more than anything else causes people to get fat, retain fat, and it also causes oxidization of cholesterol in the bloodstream. By steering the public away from fat and towards carbohydrate, more health problems have been created than solved.
The other reason is a soda addiction, which incidentally is one of the main profit centers at restaurants. Restaurants usually make more off the sugary sodas and other beverage concoctions more than they make off the food.. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and all the other drinks pushed by these companies (including sports drinks) are loaded with sugar. Tellingly, average annual intake of sugar has skyrocketed from 4 lbs to 150 lbs per year over the last century. Recreational eating in no way helps this situation. Here are some intersting statistics about the restaurant industry:
- Restaurants were a $43 billion industry in 1970
- Restaurants are a $783 billion industry today
- 1/3 of people visit a fast food restaurant 3-7 times a week!
- Americans now spend more on eating out than on groceries
Of course, with recreational eating being the national obsession the United States leads the world in daily caloric intake, at a whopping 3,770 calories a day according to The Daily Mail (UK). Health professionals tell us men should have an average of only 2,400 calories a day. Comedian George Carlin continues to provide some levity to our expose on the recreational eating obsession with one of the most epic rants in stand-up comic history about the “fattitudes” of people in Anglo-America:
Have you seen some of the people in this country? Have you taken a good look at some of these big, fat motherfuckers walking around? Big fat mother-fuckers! Oh, my God. Huge piles of redundant protoplasm lumbering through the malls like a fleet of interstate buses. The people in this country are immense. Massive bellies, monstrous thighs, and big fat fucking asses. Next time you’re in the vicinity of one of these creatures, stand there for a minute and observe. And if you stand there for a minute you’ll begin to wonder, “How does this woman take a shit?” How does she shit? And more frightening still, how does she wipe her ass? Can she even locate her asshole? She must require assistance. Are paramedics trained in this field?
Beyond the giant sized people, a nation in which 1 in 3 women are obese, reducing the options for men who are attracted to healthy women, the number of meals made at home has dropped from 72% to 57% today. Not only are people fatter, they’re getting terrible nutrition. And often, meals made at home are not cooked from scratch as much as they’re microwaved or heated up. As anyone who looks at the ingredients list knows, microwaveable and ready-made meals are loaded with chemicals, and usually the nutrients are sucked out of them, unlike when using fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats to make dinner.
Cooking as a Lost Art
Since feminism told generations of women the kitchen a terrible place for them to be, the lovingly prepared meal by ma or grandma is becoming a relic of the “oppressive” past. The shift away from home cooked meals means people are getting bad nutrition as much as they’re destroying a talent that women and men alike use to take great pride in. Year by year, pre-packaged foods are beginning to overtake foods prepared with fresh ingredients. The corporate feedbag is not only in our restaurants now, it’s in our homes. As the excellent blog Taylor Made Homestead writes:
Our grandmothers grocery shopping probably looked very different than what’s in the typical grocery cart today. Grandma’s cart was filled with sugar and flour, carrots and milk, baking supplies and fresh meats. Today’s grocery shelves are packed with newfangled boxes and bags, pouches and cans. But reading the nutritional information on some those boxes and bags can be shocking. I felt it was time to jump in the kitchen and take back control of my family’s health. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out it was much easier than I thought since I don’t try to complicate mealtimes with fancy or time-consuming recipes.
Even though cooking is not the horror feminists make it out to be, our health is regularly and adversely impacted by chemically-laced food rather than the use of fresh ingredients like those above. The health of our children is also being adversely affected. The Health Seed shows us what we are losing by not cooking:
With all that said if I could pin point just one simple act that will not only bring you an abundance of joy, good health and some serious love for your body it would be the lost art of home-made cooking. Now, I’m not talking about heating up a frozen meal or throwing a jar of sugar-laden spaghetti bolognese sauce over your pasta. No. That is science, not art. I’m talking about cooking real, honest ingredients – that means local, in season and organic food – that is made with love into nourishing meals.
Joy? Apparently, The Health Seed never talked to Anglo women about cooking. They love food as long as it’s not them cooking it.
Of course, only after I spent a few years in Mexico did I realize how much fun cooking healthy and nourishing meals can be, especially with a significant other. Latinas often love the kitchen, and still take pride in having deft culinary skills, unlike pedestalized Anglo women who view cooking as déclassé. The Mexican kitchen is still very rich, and still very home-based. People have a healthy aversion to eating out south of the border, and a healthy preference for lovingly made meals. So, at least there, cooking is still an art form even if prepackaged garbage continues to make people unhealthy. This lifestyle also leads to laziness and financial wastefulness, as meals cooked at home require some work but save a lot money from being wasted.
The end of home cooked meals is often touted as some sort of wonderful “progress” but it is leading to a lot of health problems. Not only that, but recreational eating shows how uninteresting and uninspired Anglo culture has become. The culinary arts of moms and grandmoms are disappearing, while people obsess over the next restaurant meal. When all people do is talk about and think about food, it only shows how controlled other parts of their lives have become. It is a fact that is as sad as it is ridiculous.