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June 28, 2013

Is homemade better?

NORMAN — Our society is all about instant gratification and convenience.

In some respects, especially when it comes to food, the siren song of convenience is hard to resist. Just as the Sirens of Greek mythology overrode common sense with their singing, the lure of “fast” and “easy” is hard to resist at the end of the day.

Due to an unfortunate but irrefutable fact of life, our bodies require fuel, in the form of food. Very inconvenient, but true. Consequently, somebody in the household has to prepare meals.

Contrary to popular belief, subsisting on frozen meals, dry cereal, cookies, chips and soda does not work well. It is very strange, but such edible delights do not stick to your ribs for long and before you know it, you have to scrounge for something else to stuff in your pie hole.

This, by the way, is the modern version of the hunter/gatherer process. We hunt for something to munch on which requires little effort to prepare and gather the munchies in our arms to watch television and eat.

Sometimes if our cars are willing to take a detour, then fast food is another alternative to the dilemma of “what’s for dinner.” However, the fast and easy form of the “fuel du jour” has some unwanted side effects. The primary and most noticeable side effects being our burgeoning girth and subsequent poor health.

Aside from being bombarded with the excess calories we gain from the foregoing eating habits, the fast and easy meals do not translate into “appetizing” and “delicious.” Part of the reason is because there is very little actual food in packaged meals. In essence, we are munching on the byproducts of chemistry labs. If you doubt this, read the labels.

Enter the alternative fueling system, homemade and made from scratch meals. Our intentions made be good, but the effort to produce such culinary delights can be mind boggling.

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