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Good old days

Sailosi Batiratu
Sunday, November 05, 2017

FOR several weeks now, we have been carrying on the last page of our Soul Living magazine "nostalgic" pieces. We use the word nostalgic because that is often how we view the past or the good old days as some would have it.

In particular, it talks about one aspect of the good old days — the bit about good food.

It's not just about good food giving people a lot of satisfaction after a good meal, but more about the nutritional benefits of eating well long after the meal has finished.

Good nutrition goes hand in hand with good health. From good health flows a lot of things among them people being fit and healthy to engage in positive pursuits.

When people are fit and healthy, their time is not spent in waiting rooms of clinics or at hospitals waiting to be seen. Nor are they hospitalised or at home recovering from sickness. They will be engaged in activities which will benefit them and those close to them; friends, colleagues and family members.

Those who are unwell, apart from the care of professional medical people, need additional care which is usually provided by family members or close friends whose time could be better utilised elsewhere.

Through these pieces, we have and will continue to talk about how food that is good should be prepared. This is not limited only to the preparations in the kitchen.

It is a lot more holistic in that there is also a focus on those who plant the crops.

In addition to that, there is an added dimension of how the crop is planted and looked after. They are doing just like they did it back in the good old days, long before pesticides had been invented. They're doing it the good old fashioned organic way. And if we didn't know, but we should now, is that the good thing about organic is that it is totally sustainable.

Given that sustainable is now a word bandied around for those urging us to relook and rethink our actions and how they impact our home, Earth, this is something we must all be taking up.

There is also a phrase which states that old is gold. If that really is the case, then why aren't we clamouring to follow the ancient wisdom of those who have gone before us? Why is it we are sometimes so easily swayed by new things?

It might be because these new way of doing things fit nicely with how our lives are now where we want more of things and faster too. That's why we should take a careful, honest look at the impacts, on us as individuals and the human race as a whole, of how we do things now compared with the way things were done in the good old days; not just with food but other things too

Once that has been done, we can then combine the good from the old and the better from the new for a brighter future.

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