Many of you know that Emily has Chron’s disease. About 1.5 million people in America have been diagnosed with Chron’s disease or something similar. My guess is that many more are out there undiagnosed.
After seeing a nutritionalist we learned that our nutrition is much more complicated than we thought! One big culprit is GLUTEN. When we first learned about this, there weren’t many gluten free products out there. Remind me to tell you about the gluten free, dairy free pizza we attempted to make when we first started. Not good. Now, you can find gluten free products in just about any store or restaurant. Products that were already gluten free boast on their packaging that they are GLUTEN FREE.
During our trip to California this summer we picked up some pastries to take to a friends house. They were pleasantly surprised by it and informed us that the pastries from this bakery are made with a wheat that was processed the “old-fashioned” way and many people who are intolerant to gluten can eat it without problems.
So I dug deeper. Turns out the early days of wheat production was stone milling. This process took a long time and was pretty involved. Over time, like many things, a new way to process wheat was discovered. A faster and more efficient way. Turns out faster is not always better. For the sake of efficiency in time and shelf life, certain parts of the wheat grain is thrown out and additives take their place. This is believed by people in the medical profession to attribute to many digestive issues.
So wheat is villainized, as is rice, but I’ll save my rice speech for another day. Turns out the process is the problem. Looks like we are to blame. Perhaps there are other things in life that require a slow process for good results.
For our children, we want them to have an advantage in life, be well-rounded, grow up quickly. I have heard from some educators that the expectations for reading in Kindergarten is too much. It’s wonderful to have an early reader, but it’s not the end of the world if your 5 year old can’t read well. Sometimes significant milestones of childhood may be passed over to get ahead. Perhaps this is where compassion is lost. The recognition of our society is redirected toward a focus on personal success.
When I went to college my parents handed me a savings account that they had started when I was a kid. It wasn’t a lot, but I felt grateful. Now, it is the norm to pay for your child to go to college. A popular mindset is to provide for them so they can focus on school and not have to work. I can’t help but wonder if that good intention is disrupting the process. The process that tells you nothing in life comes free. The value of the dollar is gone. Entitlement is the diagnosis and after college I hear from high school and college counselors that the “work your way up” mindset is rare.
My parents tell me of their start in marriage. Homemade dinner table, sardines and rice for dinner, twin mattress in a tiny apartment. They did what they had to do to get on their feet and build their family and earn all that they have. Now, most couples want to make sure they have a home before they are married, or at least a nice condo. They want their careers to be established and finances to be comfortable before they begin their journey. I wonder if more couples worked together to build their lives as a team, would divorce rates be lower? The process of working together is replaced with two established individuals just living together. It’s a lot easier to part ways when the going gets tough.
What other areas of life have we skipped the process for the sake of efficiency? We save on time and resources, but we might be skipping over some very important foundational byproducts of the process. Our world is fast paced. It has never changed so rapidly day-to-day in the history of our world. It’ll be easy to skip out on the process of so many things, but we need to step back and evaluate what we might be missing out on for the sake of efficiency. Sometimes we need a slow process for good results. -jason