Well, here we are. Fattening foods and I. We have had such a long relationship together. I want us to last, but I think I should start seeing other foods. Better foods. Foods that will treat me better. Foods that won’t hurt my stomach. Foods that won’t make me run to the bathroom. So, here it is bad food… I am finally going to say good bye!
Dietary habits are so ingrained in us, that we barely notice that we are making subconscious food choices all day long. From coffee in the morning, to the burger for lunch. These foods disrupt our healthy eating habits. Could this be consumerism? Could this be all of the advertising that we see on television, or what our friends and neighbors are doing? Advertisements and images stimulate our appetites, which do make it difficult to adhere to any sort of healthy eating regimen. What commercials do you see that show a family eating a truly healthy meal together? Ok, ok.. maybe a few. BUT I mostly see fast food, chips, Coke, and chocolate commercials. ALSO, the amount of food that is given to us, is RIDICULOUS. Really? Do we need to consume pounds and pounds of food in one sitting? And it is so ingrained in us, that if we go to a restaurant and we are given a small portion, we complain. We complain and say, “This is all?” Fast food and non-fast food restaurants give too much… plain and simple. A friend of mine orders her food with a “to-go” box at the same time. SO SMART! She automatically puts half of her food away for left overs. GENIUS!
So, is it possible to change? Is it possible to change from bad choices to good choices, knowing fair well that we are programmed to eat unhealthy? YES! Yes it is. Small changes. Be mindful. Know what you need to do. Stop your bad habits. Cook rather than go out. Make the better choice when you do go out. DO NOT EAT FAST FOOD! Or if you do, choose the healthier option, and we all know that there are better choices at every restaurant, fast food or not. Just say yes to changing your bad habits.
Good bye forever bad food!
Wellness Facts from University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter http://www.wellnessletter.com/ucberkeley/