Most of us know that junk food is unhealthy. We know that poor nutrition is related to heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and a host of other health ailments. You might even know that studies show that eating junk food has been linked to increases in depression.
But if it’s so bad for us, why do we keep doing it?
Today, a new client asked if she could change her cheat day from Sunday to today because one of her students is having a birthday celebration with hot wings and pizza. It was obviously clear from my facial expression that not only was the answer “NO,” but if I were a person who cursed she would have gotten a “HELL NO!” Not even two minutes later, her aunt who is also a new camp member came into our health assessment room, where her niece was getting her cholesterol tested, with a smoothie expressing how good it was. She asked her niece if she wanted one, immediately the niece started questioning, how many calories, etc. were in our “Healthy Whey Protein Isolate Smoothies” …. REALLY?!?!
It often amazes me when you offer someone something healthy they want to read the entire package, ask a thousand questions, gotta think long and hard, yet on the other hand, as soon as any highly processed, highly preserved, sodium-induced, empty calorie foods, such as pizza or hot wings, are offered, they are all game, no questions asked, and don’t care how it was prepared. They just want what they want. My thought process was, You just started the camp, worked out hard all week, saying how sore you are, getting your cholesterol checked and the only thing you can think about is eating junk food to erase all the goodness you did for your body.
Regardless of whether or not you’re satisfied with your lifestyle, you always have the choice to adjust it. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to decipher the right choice from the wrong one. Good could be cloaked behind bad, or bad behind good. Once the decision has been made, the moment is gone. That decision will alter your path in one way or another. The repercussions to some choices may ripple throughout the remainder of your life, while others may be easily altered. The level of severity you’re dealing with is not always obvious. Ask yourself: “Where does this path lead?” There really is a certain degree of irony in one’s liberty to choose. Having “the choice” is freedom, but you can easily become a slave to the decisions you make.
I did four cholesterol testings this morning; the results were 134, 197, 239 and 251. Only one of these results were normal. These lab values are results of choices these clients made months, even years ago with their lifestyle, lack of exercise and poor nutritional choices. Over time, they have become slaves to their choices creating an internal effect called high cholesterol which can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or even death.
The good news is that they still have time to make different and better choices, if they want! Research shows that the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it. My own experiences have mirrored this. As I’ve slowly begun to eat healthier, I’ve noticed myself wanting pizza, candy and ice cream less and less. Some people refer to this transition period as “gene reprogramming.”
Whatever you want to call it, the lesson is the same: If you can find ways to gradually eat healthier, you’ll start to experience the cravings of junk food less and less. You will feel better, your lab results will change and inevitably, you will become healthier. Simply put, the choice is yours. Can I Get It? No Mess!