Selecting the right paint |

Selecting the right paint

Kevin Cotter
John Hart/ | The Union

The other day when I was in one of our local hardware stores, I found myself observing a family standing at the paint counter.

While interviewing the paint specialist, one of their children was eating a double quarter pounder with cheese, large fries and some sort of fountain drink.

The couple was asking about the quality of paint, how many gallons to get optimal coverage, how many years it would last, color options, how to apply, etc. As I listened to them, I couldn’t help but contemplate how they appeared to be spending more time thinking about the quality of paint they will be putting on their home than they are about the quality — or lack of quality — of food they are consuming.

According to McDonald’s Web page, the burger their child was eating contained 42 grams of fat and 750 calories and the fries 25 grams of fat and 500 calories — all of this without considering the potential calories in the fountain drink!

It made me contemplate these questions: As a society, how much effort or time do we give to things other than our body? Do we spend more time on the outside of our body rather than the inside just because we cannot see it?

Do we spend more time taking care of our car and making sure the correct oil is used and the tires are inflated than we think about how we fuel our bodies? Do we spend countless hours doing our hair and nails and putting on makeup to make us look good on the outside but not on making our insides look good?

Is it simply a case of out of sight, out of mind?

What if we could directly see the effects of what eating sugary, fatty, salty foods day in and day out are doing to our bodies? What if we could see the fat?

What if we could see the diabetes? What if we could see the potential burden we are putting on our loved ones as they watch us suffer from abusing our bodies? Would that be enough to stop the growing obesity epidemic? Would that make us think twice about what we eat?

Imagine if we thought of the inside of our body as a blank canvas each morning, just waiting for the color of life to be presented in the form of beautiful, vibrant foods.

What would that painting look like at the end of the day? Would it be a Picasso, da Vinci or Monet?

Would it tell a story about the nutritional journey of the food we eat? Would it stand the test of time?

Sadly, for many of us that painting would just have one color — yellow from all of the processed fast food we eat.

We should be eating the most naturally colorful foods we can get our hands on so we can last as long as the paint on our walls.

Kevin Cotter is managing partner for New Earth Market in Yuba City,

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