It’s hard to escape unhealthy food. Television commercials make it seem irresistible. People are constantly talking about unhealthy food like it is the best and most satisfying treat in the world. And people bring it to their workplace with regularity, to not only tempt themselves, but all of their co-workers. How did our society begin to associate happiness with junk food? How it is we give gifts of food that can kill us to make people feel good?
I remember learning about how at the turn of the 20th century, the wealthy people showed off their wealth by eating expensive food and a lot of it. Being a little plump reflected that you were wealthy. Hmmm. Also, we used to be a largely agrarian society with farm fresh food, but we have evolved into a fast food society loaded with convenience foods that are highly processed. That means that most Americans don’t eat a lot of fresh food anymore. We take fresh food and we mash it and grind it and we alter it until it doesn’t look like food anymore. And, sadly, people seem to prefer that food.
And heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Largely preventable with a healthy diet of whole foods and daily exercise. Seems crazy that we could avoid a disease, but because we like to eat unhealthy food, we prefer to die? I don’t get it.
It’s a mindset. Stop considering refined sugar a treat. It is bad for us. You wouldn’t give a friend a carton of cigarettes for a gift, would you? Of course not, because you know it’s unhealthy. So what’s up with the cakes and candy?