I was never into shoes but I did reduce the amount of shoes I own. Although I really would love some comfy black loafers. I just got rid of my Adidas originals which were falling apart after just ONE YEAR. But these were all either second hand or gifted to me with the exception of one pair but they have ALL lasted 3-7 years except the sneakers I only got within the last year but second hand. But ideally I’d love to just own 1 black boot, 1 brown boot, 1 flat, 1 versatile sneaker and house slippers until then I plan to use these up or make a trade or donate and select an eco friendly replacement. .
I know what a privilege it is to be able to treat myself. A lot of people in the world can not afford luxuries like coffee or chocolate. They may even have food sometimes. I try to be healthy but don’t deprive myself if I really want something because saying no to food seems like an insult to those who don’t have enough. But then I wonder if I should only have the basic food I need and save money to buy other people food who need it or donate it. I suppose there is a balance and you might say that doing that could enable someone ...but I’m talking more about families who just don’t make enough income and have children to feed. I don’t make a ton of money but I don’t have the responsibilities of feeding several people. And you might say it’s on them and they should have thought of that before having kids or etc. but are we really that terrible? Yes people have to take care of themselves but are we completely heartless that we wouldn’t want to help someone a little? Is there a balance? Are we spoiled people who can say how grateful we are but then that didn’t change anything? I don’t want to support companies that make unhealthy foods because that’s a whole other problem that occurs in our own country - while some other people are starving, the USA has a high percentage of obesity but then we all obsess about dieting- BUT if I was literally starving I’d eat the Mc Donalds that I swore I’d never eat. So I get why people don’t eat healthy. It’s expensive! These companies..whether healthy or fast food- it all comes down to money usually. I know money won’t make you happy. But it does solve a lot of problems. So there’s soooo many people who don’t have a lot of money in this country but enough that they can get by and they give their money to these huge corporations like food chains because it’s cheap and they have to eat. And then there’s starving people elsewhere who would read this post and say “are you serious? I’ll eat whatever is available.” Is there a way to make healthier food more affordable? And by the way I think diets are pointless and temporary and unhealthy in the long run. What you want is a lifestyle change. But just the fact we have the ability to change our lifestyle is such a privilege and we should still be aware of other people in the world or even this country who don’t have the LUXURY to be vegan or gluten free or Keto by choice. I totally am on board with lifestyles and food choices that are fit for your body and healthy - like if you can’t process dairy or gluten then by all means don’t eat it. If you cut out sugar then that’s great because it’s pretty much toxic but recognize that someone less fortunate may not have this option. Then again that industry is making money off of an addictive ingredient ...so I just don’t even know how there will ever be a world where we can have indulgences but mostly be healthy and afford it. There are just so many other things like fast fashion and the effects on other countries and the factories there as well as political and religious issues tearing the world apart. So as much as I post about healthy this and healthy that and we all have our own path and our own foods that are right for us. I try to eat the right foods for my health conditions but I try to recognize that in so lucky to be able to do that AND to have FOOD in the first place. And though I haven’t been having caffeine, today just felt like a day for some light coffee. I feel so lucky to be able to have this treat although I did just go down a concerning rabbit hole of thinking about all these things instead of just eating it...I guess all I really want is for world peace and what’s ironic is that statement is cliche but why the fuck can’t this be our goal? A piece of chocolate reminds me that not everyone can have this and maybe if we all thought these little things and then did something about it it would add up to something bigger ...now the question is: what will I do about it?
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