Eating Better With The U.S. Army
I don't know what's wrong with me. Why can't I just leave well enough alone? I mean, it's a good thing that our nation's finest are getting behind First Lady Obama's healthy eating initiative, right? Still, something just isn't sitting well with my stomach. Let's analyze.
Okay, I'll just come out and say it. I think it's silly. Not healty eating habits and not obesity - those topics aren't silly. There are some serious concerns with each. I think the way they are promoted in this story is silly.
Let me reiterate that I am of the mind that people are capable, and should be allowed to exercise their god-given will with how they choose to live as long as they aren't hurting or effecting anyone else. You like to eat...EAT. You like to drink...DRINK. You like to smoke...SMOKE! I am not against some healthy advice. I am against an active campaign to make me feel bad because of the decisions I make, simply because someone seemingly more educated than myself decides that I'm incapable of determining the correct choices in my life. This to me is becoming an all-to-frequent occurence.
I think that's why this story has struck a nerve with me. Out of anyone on the planet, I think the last people who need a healthy eating lecture from our government, would be our armed services. Now I grant you that they are accustomed to taking orders. They're also the most elite fighting squad in the world. We ask them to do the unthinkable while sacrificing their time and lives for me and their country, and I think they should be allowed to eat whatever they want - guilt free...period!
I'll let you read the story and form your own opinion. It's quite interesting. It boils down to the Army and its new mess hall labeling system on foods.
The event, held at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, saw Lt. Col. Sonya Cable highlight the “Go for Green” program, which labels healthy foods green, moderate foods amber, and high calorie foods red.
The nutrition education program alerts soldiers that “red” foods like bacon and apple pie should only be eaten rarely, with a warning: “limit intake.” Foods labeled green, however, such as mustard greens, are deemed “premium fuel for the soldier athlete,” “fresh and flavorful” and “nutrient dense.” Soldiers are advised to eat these frequently.
Again, what's my problem? My problem is my Grandpa would be laughing hysterically at me and what he would classify as the further "wimponization" of America. These guys aren't third graders! (Hopefully they're not color blind either) I can just hear him saying "They gonna tell us how to S*%!! too!" I'm starting to believe they're working on that.