Reading more about obesity and poor diet set me off on a little rant.
The food we choose to put into our bodies and the implications of our dietary choices is something that I’m quite passionate about (you can read a couple of my articles surrounding the issue here), and over the past couple of years I’ve been really paying attention to not only my diet but also the food industry as a whole.
One of the first things you really notice when you take a step back and look at the food industry, is that it is all about consumption. The industry doesn’t care what you as a consumer are putting into your body, as long as you continue to buy products. The majority of what a supermarket sells is neither vital to your survival, healthy, or even tasty. But the majority of things are loaded with things that keep you coming back for more. Things like sugar. Remember, food companies are run for profit, it is in their best interests to have you hooked on the products they make so that you keep consuming.
Your health is not their concern. Your future dietary related sickness is your and the health services problem, so don’t ever believe what a food company says. As long as there are customers they don’t care.
Now here’s the thing. I can go on and on and build an argument and link to lots of different resources, but the simplest thing to do is this. For one week, cut out all the processed nonsense a supermarket sells you, go cold turkey on the sugar, ride out the withdrawal symptoms and replace everything with natural food. Oh, and move about a bit, you know, do some exercise.
What you’ll find is that your internal, emotional and intellectual equilibrium will begin to reset. What do I mean by this? Well, once the hunger pangs from the constant bombardment from sugar subside, you’ll appetite will level out to what it’s supposed to be (as an aside, you shouldn’t be waking up in the morning dying of hunger, that’s your body craving the shit they put in cereal and bread etc), you will feel calmer, more relaxed, your energy levels will stabilise. You’ll be able to think more clearly. Your tastebuds, which you probably don’t even realise are wasting away, will adjust and you’ll actually taste real flavours again. You will, quite frankly, not need too eat so much goddamn food.
There’s no need to put the amount of food we put into our bodies in the western world.
Now, I know it’s easy to talk about the price of healthy food and how hard it is to make that change but if your prefer to be hooked up to a supermarket system that offers you what is basically poison to put into your body, and you’re happy to balloon up in weight; if you’re happy to be lethargic and get out of breath from walking up a flight of stairs and you’re happy to cut the time you have with kids, granddads, friends, family and spouses short because of dietary related illnesses, then good luck to you.
you could arm yourself with knowledge. Go ahead and do a google search, or go and hunt some blogs down that detail ways to eat healthily and affordably. This is the information age. There is no excuse as to why you can’t do these things. Take charge of what you put into your body.