Yes, you heard me. It’s not the fault of the government, or the advertisers, or the farmers, it’s you. Every time you make the choice to buy fast food, or one of those food products that you KNOW is bad for your body, and bad for your health, you are responsible for the obesity epidemic. It’s your food choices, that fuel the government to keep subsidising GMO farmers, that keep advertisers finding new ways to hook you with their products, and keep the farmers trying to find those subsidies. Every time you purchase foods from McDonalds, Taco Bell, Wendys, or Oreos, ice cream, soda products, juice boxes, and more, you are enabling the obesity epidemic. You know what’s good for you. Just choose it!
We have the responsibility as consumers, to let our government, our advertisers, and our farmers, know that we choose to live healthy, and that we prefer to spend our $$$ on whole foods, fruits and vegetables, grass fed or open pastured animal products. That we want to live vibrant healthy lives, instead of the lives the majority of us are living right now. With lifestyle diseases that are completely reversible like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and so many more. We let them know this with what we spend our $$$ on. Yes, it’s more expensive in the grocery store to buy healthy whole foods instead of frozen, prepackaged foods, snack foods, juice boxes, cola, etc. Do know how much it costs for 10 years of diabetes treatments, or for bypass surgery? A LOT MORE! My bill after bypass surgery 10 years ago was $120,000! Spend now, to save later. Besides that, spending money on healthy foods makes your life more enjoyable because you feel good, instead of being cheap and living sick, and then having to spend all that money on treatment, and still not feel good.
Everyone wants to be healthy, but some people just don’t have the motivation. How do you find that motivation? You have to find your why. The reason that you want to be around as long as you can. Is your why your kids? Do you want to be here for their high school graduation? For college? For their marriage? To see your grandkids? Do you want to fullfil a lifelong dream of running a marathon or a cross country bikeride? When you discover your why, it makes those choices easier. Everybody knows what their why is, but some people are afraid to think about it. I encourage you to think about it. Then admit it to someone, so they can help you stay on track, by reminding you of your why when you jump off the wagon.
So the next time you pull into the drive through, or you’re at the grocery store, and you reach for that bag at the window, or those packaged foods that you darnwell know are bad for you, you’re going to pause, and remember this blog. You’re going to think of your why. You’re going to wonder if you’re spending $$$ is really contributing to the obesity epidemic. Then you’re going to look at yourself. Then you’re going to put it down, and walk over to the produce isle and pick a food you’ve never tried before. You’re doing to do this every trip to the store like I do, and you’re going to start to lose weight and feel good about your body and your choices. Then you’re going to share your experiences with others, until you can inspire someone. We can cure this epidemic, even it’s only 1 person at at time. Be that person today. Make the choice. Be healthy.
“True health reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington.”