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Successful Actions of Eating and the Standard Operations Procedure Manual for Food

Debra Redalia


Earlier this week I had one of those stunning moments where you realize something of staggering importance that changes everything.

You can read the whole story at LIFELY: Successful Actions and the Standard Operations Procedure Manual. Here I just want to show you how this applies to eating and food.

Successful Actions of Eating

For many years, Larry and I have been operating on the concept of “successful actions.” This is, taking actions that successfully give us the result we want. The opposite is to take random actions, hope for success and end up with a random result that may or may not lead to our desired outcome.

On the subject of eating, a successful action would be eating in a way that produces health for the person and sustains ecosystems so they can continuously produce food into the future.

If our food choices produce illness or destroy the ecosystem so it cannot continue to produce food in the future, that would be the opposite of success, which is failure.

Please just pause for a moment and consider this.

The production of all industrial food is a failure, both for the planet and for humans that eat it, because the long-term consequence of eating it is health and destruction.

Success would be to eat whole organic local foods prepared in a healthy way, because the long-term result is health.

This is just a fact. Whether or not each of us take the successful action at any given moment is another issue for another post. Today I just want to give you the concept of successful action.

Standard Operations Procedure Manual for Food

A Standard Operating Procedures Manual gives a framework and guidelines for any endeavor. A standard operating procedure is “a step-by-step set of instructions to guide team members to perform tasks in a consistent manner.” They are particularly important for complex task or those that must conform to regulatory standards so they are used in the military and often in business, but I can see that they are equally valuable to individuals, families and any group.

Creating a Standard Operating Procedures Manual also gives the opportunity to examine what are the possible successful actions for any situation and create one’s own manual to practice and follow.

Thus a Standard Operating Procedures Manual for Food.

What I have learned from this already is that while I have a lot of information and skills about food, it is not organized in a way that relates to actions I take in everyday life. The whole process of deciding what to eat, shopping for the food, scheduling preparation of food, preparing the food, cleaning the kitchen, etc is something I have been doing randomly. And so getting food on a plate is a random occurrence instead of a procedure I have worked out and follow.

The First Step

This is all a new concept for me, but as I work on it I will be writing more about it.

My first step is simply looking at every food I am considering eating in a conscious way to see if it is a successful action. Larry and I are having an interesting time just with that one question!

Again, read more about this at LIFELY: Successful Actions and the Standard Operations Procedure Manual