Monday, April 25, 2011

Its not your fault...

Get Your Mind Right Monday...

This past weekend I was watching my future mother-in-law make a lemon meringue pie from scratch.  It was amazing to see how much preparation and work was involved in what i've always thought of as a simple desert.

I laugh now that I say "simple"... I guess its all relative. We live in a time where we rarely have to make anything from scratch.  At one point a desert took several hours to prepare and create.  You would enjoy it with our families and friends on a rare occasion.  Unfortunately/fortunately (depending on how you look at it) deserts, sugary treats and processed food have become so easily accessible some of us have it multiple times per week... or even day!!!  No wonder why we have an obesity and diabetic epidemic in our country.

A little bit of sugar, flour or desert on a rare occasion is a great treat... especially when it only comprises 1-10% of our diet overall.  But in today's world we have sugary treats at our disposal... several times per day... we add it to our coffee, enjoy a mid afternoon snack, sip on some wine with dinner, or grab a quick pre-made desert as the evening winds down.  It may not seem like much at the time but it certainly adds up over the course of a week or year.

But is it your fault? 

With our busy lifestyles, when you're hungry and you have something cheap and delicious right at your finger tips, why would you go out of your way to prepare something healthy, expensive and doesn't provide you with that short term high.  Those of us that want to live healthy lifestyles and maintain a lean trim body are the outcasts and have to pay a premium to get a salad with chicken over a gourmet muffin and coffee.  And for many, we have lost the ability to distinguish what constitutes a treat and a healthy meal choice anymore. (NOTE: cereal & granola bars do not constitute a healthy meal choice in my opinion.)

So no, I don't blame you and you shouldn't blame yourself for blending in with the rest of our society... but I encourage you to make a decision and a commitment to go against the norm.  To gain an appreciation for the things you prepare and put into your body.  I understand you're busy, but minimize the treats, prepare your own food and do you're best to choose fresh, unprocessed food over the wrapped up, man-made alternatives.

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