Deadly Eating: Power Meals That Are Bad For You
As human beings, we need fuel to be able to function, much like cars do, right? Your car performs better when you pay a little extra and put in the good quality fuel into it. So similarly, we work and feel better when we eat food that is good for us. By that, I really mean healthy and not precisely good to our taste buds.
So I bring forth the most common and cliché quote, “we are what we eat”, which in my opinion, is pretty much true. Consider the following scenario: eat pop tarts for breakfast, a cheeseburger and fries for lunch, and hot pockets for dinner, and a load of cookies, chips, cake, and soda in between. Follow this similar menu for a week or so, and you’ll be well on your way to a fatigue, obesity, high blood pressure, fatty liver, diabetes and a heart attack. You will be unhealthy.
This really makes you start to wonder where in history humans went wrong in terms of food and its production. Of course, this can be attributed to the lack of scientific development, unknown information about processed foods, convenience, necessity, and so on. But still, the thought lingers in the wrongness of it all. When did it become okay to have genetically modified crops? Who figured it would reasonable to take milk from another species of mammals? When did it become normal to deviate from nature itself? Ok, enough hippie talk.
We are masochistic. We like what is bad for us, and this probably can be attributed to our hedonistic human nature, sometimes in the form of alcoholic beverages, too much cake, coffee addiction, your daily dose of potato chips, frequent visits to The Dairy Queen. Although we know what is bad for us, it’s pretty common to be in denial of our ingested demons, but it doesn’t serve as a justification to not try and seek healthier options.
So, what exactly is healthy for us? I’ve asked myself this question millions of times to the point of being lost in infinite lists of product ingredients, reading labels, questioning the origin of my local produce, wondering if the organic cereal I’m buying really is organic, searching for recipes that are gluten free, finding alternative sweeteners, and all this being on a budget. This is NOT an easy task and many times I just end up feeling disillusioned with the fact that buying healthy food shouldn’t be this difficult!
I am not going to go into detail of what you should and should not eat because ultimately, this is a very subjective topic. My intent is to let you know that the mainstream way we are eating is causing us sickness in one way or another, and it can be prevented. Just go ask Jamie Oliver!
The good thing is that there are feasible options and there is a plethora of information out there to help guide you towards a healthier lifestyle via food. You can get access to a wide variety of food related topics like GMO’s, pesticides & insecticides, organic foods, whole grains, paleo diets, vegan diets, how to eat your way to better skin, live gluten free, cancer killing foods etc. As one of my favorite quotes say “In the age of information, ignorance is a choice” (D. Miller), so we are responsible for taking better decisions not only for ourselves, but for the health of future generations in an attempt to making healthier options more widespread and less expensive.