I remembered from the age of 8 till about 10, we are required to write down our ambition. Young unambitious me randomly wrote one for my assignment. One of the few that I remembered clearly was being a teacher because I see teacher as my role model back then.
And yet, 15-20 years later, I am still on my way seeking something similar called career. The name has changed but the purpose is the same. What do you want to do with your life?
Of course, thing have changed drastically. Life never return to the past. The more capable you are, the more tasks and assignments passed down to you. Of course, that meant positive and negative. There are endless positive and negative things in our world.
I am actively seeking for different job or assignments because I love the excitement of trying and satisfaction of completing a task. That is just how my life is.
I think it is simple note to let you know that March 2014 is the National Nutrition Month. We are very busy in our life. It is easy to leave nutrition out of our mind for a little while.
Food matters to me and I hope it is to you. Recently, my mind was filled up with GMO, toxic sugars and chemicals that manufacturer placed in our food, food fraud, mislabeling and so on. This list would go on and on without ending. Everyone focus on how big corporation processed our food but lesser focus was paid on the eating habit that the society help to foster. Where there are sufficient food, the tragedy of eating disorders continues to live in developed countries, where we claimed to be leading health provider.
Everyone is at risk of eating disorder and I will unveil my thoughts about eating disorder this coming week. As a food scientist, I suffer mild eating disorder too. Communities, parents and multiple media influence the development and occurrence of eating disorder.
Don't laugh, you might be at risk!
Life have more than a choice; we are spoilt with choices that we creatively make up our own choices. The world is complex. What I known as correct today, might not be tomorrow. We used to love trans-fat and now, it shouldn't even be seen on the packaging; consumers are aware of the damaging effect of trans-fat that the food industry have been using for years.
Unless there is a report that show the adverse effect need to be address immediately, we don't see any changes. I follow many food advocates, that kept revealing the darkness that I never know or discover, nor it was taught during my undergraduate courses.
What I knew suddenly became the hidden truth that the food advocates claimed as political and lobbying. For a while, I am confused and do not know what to do.
Agreed with what my friend has spoken, there is nothing much can be done to change the situation. I am upset but the voice in my mind has spoken. There has to be a way to make a difference in my life and others too. Consumer education, allowing consumer to learn about what is in their food.
Continuous learning doesn't and would not make everyone felt comfortable. Consumers do not even listen to their nutritionist or dietitians not to mention myself. Listening to me rambling about food and only food might be boring. What I have written might not be read. How many views of my post? We can count that. Completely understand that. So what? Consumer education needs to go on.
When I was a kid, growing up meant getting smarter. Educational systems have made kids being evaluated at their intellectual ability during the exams. You just got to do whatever to score, regardless of working hard or cheat during exam. Of course, I am lucky that I did not need to resolve to cheating because I can work hard for it.
Parents are proud of kids that are smart. I guess that is why I work hard, to make my parent proud. But my father never look at my score, never get my report card. According to him, it is my responsibility. I don't really know if he is proud of me but I guess he might be,
After graduation, things changed. Educational smart doesn't seems to be the best medicine in this competitive world. I couldn't even answer basic questions that other posed to me. They seems to realize my problem more than I do. It is sort of like magic- they knew how things that I am working on would eventually work out and there appears few advice that I sincerely thankful for until now.
Today, I too have learned through those advice and have the same ideology. I didn't know if I am influenced by all my mentors or if these advice are key to live smarter.
There goes another Chinese Lunar Year. Time passed so quickly, Last year, I had a roller-coaster year and I heard it will improve this year. Cross my finger, hoping my luck turns better because I really need some good luck going.
To friends and family, Happy Chinese New Year. My sincere wishes to everyone.
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from UBC. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed toward an end users. Blogging about food became a must when she encounters interesting ideas about food products. She seeks for ideas and opportunities to work together.