Friday, December 7, 2007

Volunteer-You'll Live Longer and Happier

Yesterday I was honored to be the Keynote speaker at a church in New Castle, Indiana. It's a lovely farming town full of decent, hard working, God fearing folks; the salt of the earth.

My topic was 'Volunteerism" as the event was to fete 250 church volunteers that go out in the community to help those not as fortunate or who might be experiencing hard times. Every age group was represented. They were an energetic, loving, caring group that made me feel quite at home. Their menu: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, green beans, ice cream and cookies. These are all traditional foods we have innocently eaten and enjoyed all our lives and consider part of our culture.

It is my belief that if we eat food that was designed for us by the Universe, we can be the best we can be for others and for God. It's always a bitter pill to swallow the facts that food can either develop us to be our best, or bring us physically and mentally down, render us ill, and possible do us in.

My question to everyone is, for example : If , from medical science news, we gleen that certain foods can cause cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or obesity which can cause death, then is eating these foods a sin? After all, we are stewards of our Earth Suit that houses our soul as it preforms life's work. In this case, volunteerism.

You know why they call it shortening? It shortens your life. Just think. Folks fry chicken, which is already loaded with artery-detonating saturated fats, in the melted lard of another barn animal, a pig. Keep in mind that all the chemicals, antibiotics, growth hormones end up in the fat of animals and humans. Yummy. What does that say about the composition of the delicios gravy we've been putting over our mashed potatoes for decades...Potatoes that were prepared with butter and whole milk? The Perfect Storm? Time for and oil change?

With Love,
Chef Wendell

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