Our Food Knowledge Base Is Huge!
Unless you’re a young child, and what young child would be reading my post when he could be watching cartoons, we have been bombarded with TONS of information about what is best for us as far as what we eat is concerned. Even the young children soak up a lot of information while watching their cartoons, important information like Lucky Charms are magically delicious!
Now that just about everything we buy to eat or drink comes with a nutrition label, telling us how many calories per serving, how many servings per container, how much fat, how many carbs, how much sugar, and more, with the whole purpose being to give us enough info to let us make an informed decision about the food we are planning to buy, why do we still eat unhealthy foods?
Some fast food places and regular restaurants now post how many calories their burgers or tacos or other entrees have in them, and sometimes it’s posted right there on the screen or menu that you order from.
Be honest, has this ever stopped you from buying what you want? Especially in a restaurant? Have you looked at the item, learned that it’s 970 calories, and ordered it anyway instead of the item that’s only 750 calories? We are in the habit of eating what we want, not looking for the lowest calorie item.
Gotta satisfy those cravings!
I’m that way myself.
You and I KNOW what we should eat to be healthy, but does that automatically mean we do it?
No, and there are several reasons why we don’t. Here are some of them.
- Convenience – Sometimes we’re pressed for time. Our schedules seem to be getting more and more hectic, and there just isn’t time some days to cook a nutritious, healthy meal. Stopping by Burger King or Taco Bell is just an easy way to end the hunger and still stay on schedule, or close to it.
- We Use Food As A Crutch – Depressed people use food to cope when they’re feeling down or overwhelmed. And, usually that food is a comfort food, not a nutritious snack like fruits or vegetables. Who wants to sit around eating a carrot when life seems overwhelming when they can eat ice cream? The Golden Girls always ate ice cream. And cheesecake.
- We want flavor! – Foods that are bad for us just seem to taste better. Potato chips, french fries, about any kind of bread, candy and other sweets, and the list goes on. Most of these kinds of foods satisfy our cravings for a sweet or salty snack, or even a meal. The simple fact is that carbohydrates are tasty.
- We like to cheat – We like to have a Twinkie with our Diet Coke, or eat healthy green beans with our mashed potatoes and gravy. We go halfway, because we want to eat healthy, but add stuff that’s not healthy because we want the flavor.
- Habits die hard – We settle into a “food comfort zone,” where we habitually eat certain things, and trying to break the habit can be hard. Cigarettes are addicting, food can be addicting too. A lot of people substitute food for cigarettes when they’re trying to quit smoking.
- Social gatherings – Whether it’s with family like Thanksgiving, or with friends at a party, we like to graze on the snacks, or eat the meal prepared. We can’t sit around with our hands in our pockets when everyone around us has a plate of goodies and a drink in their hands.
- We like to reward ourselves – and what better way to do it than with something loaded with carbs and flavor? Would you reward yourself with a stalk of broccoli if you got promoted at work? I wouldn’t either.
That’s just seven reasons, There’s one more that is bigger than all the others combined. It’s even bigger than an eating disorder. That problem is food addiction.
Research is making professionals begin to realize that there are people who actually become addicted to food, and to the point that the addict acts pretty much the same as someone addicted to cocaine.
Here’s a You Tube video that will give you some great information on the subject of food addiction. It’s about 18 minutes long and is in an interview format, so it’s a little dry, but it does a good job explaining the subject.
Food addiction might explain why it is so hard for some of us to control our eating habits.
How Do We Point Ourselves In A Healthier Direction?
Knowledge is power. All that food knowledge can be put to good use by helping us to make healthier choices. We have to change our direction, point ourselves toward a more healthy life. We have to stop and think, and if we do, we can begin to change our eating habits. It’s a life or death decision for some of us.
How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but the light bulb has got to WANT to change.
It’s the same for you and me. If we want to change, we can. If we really don’t want to, we won’t. It’s that simple.
Your Health Is Yours, It Isn’t Mine.
I can’t make your decisions for you any more than you can make mine for me. That’s the beauty of being an individual. You will make the choices that you want to, and if you make unhealthy choices, it’s because at the moment you decide, your unhealthy choice is more important to you than a healthy alternative.
Same for me, same for everyone.
Now Is The Time.
Don’t wait to make a positive change in your life. The longer you wait, the more difficult change will become. I wish you the best of luck. I’m rooting for you!
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