by Olaf Schulz-Lobeck
Unfortunately, this superficial miracle can lead to an overloaded and contaminated digestive system, which can cause illness.
Worldwide, we’re facing a growing number of overweight people. Diabetes is on the rise, and one of every four new global cancer patients comes from China.
People tend to ignore the immense impact the food industry has made on our health. Companies like Nestle, Kraft, and Unilever have come to dominate the food market and influence consumers’ shopping behavior. You can’t help but notice that processed, convenient food is cheaper than fresh food. It also usually contains too much simple sugars and bad ingredients like palm fat.
We are undergoing a landmark transition in traditional food and eating cultures. Before fast food, slow food, celebrity chefs, delivery services, Zagat guides, and food critics—and before poke bowls, cronuts, the Keto diet, and avocado toast, food was mainly seen as an important source of energy for the body. Physical work dominated the working environment. People had their three meals a day, including a hearty breakfast and a warm dinner with the family.
Growing up, we were always eating at home, which created a special bonding atmosphere. We didn’t have any street or junk food at all. Sundays or on holidays, my family celebrated food, for example, with Sunday roast and no Coca-Cola.
Paying for food outside of a grocery store was practically unheard of. “Local” wasn’t a trend but a reality.
Digitization—what’s been called the fourth industrial revolution—has become a pervasive influence on people’s everyday lives. Traditional family structures have loosened, and people have started testing out alternative models for living together. The internet has also enabled dramatic changes in the work environment. Mental work replaced physical labor. As a result, people started moving less. More and more technical gadgets have eased our day-to-day lives, and slowly people are starting to disconnect from themselves. Perceptions from the outside (social media platforms such as WeChat, Facebook, and Instagram), from people we don’t even know, manipulate our decisions and mindset and moods. Do they “like” or “dislike” me? My look? My activities? My life?
Food has gained a new meaning. People are now used to feeling stressed by the pace of life. Priorities are shifting and unfortunately food is one of the main losers. Our interest in food has changed—and not for the best. Oversupply, dwindling knowledge about good-quality food, and the lack of interest in celebrating traditions, such as table manners, are some of the key reasons. Instead we are eating on the street, sitting in cafes, cars, or at our desks at the office, filling our stomachs with foods we hardly recognize. Mostly, we have started to eat under stress—too fast, too much, too sweet, and too late!
The impact has been alarming. For example, in the first world and developing countries, almost every other man is overweight. There has been a significant spike in obese children and a dramatic drop in life expectancy. The relationship between mortality and obesity is scientifically proven.
At The F.X. Mayr team, together with guest writers, including internationally experienced cooks and nutritionists, we take this complex issue very serious. The key pillars of The F.X. Mayr Retreat include nutrition, body cleansing, and supportive treatments. Our guests learn to understand their “internal reality,” how and what to eat as well as what to cook, and how to manage their “pace of life.”