Food for Thought

Health, food, and fitness. That is the holy trinity of well-being. The problem is, in the western world, society is always looking for a quick fix. Overweight people are more likely to turn to fad diets, slim-fast dietary foods, pills, supplements and much more.

So why do people find it so hard to eat well? Good question. Well, we think it’s because eating right and exercising is a lifestyle and not a one-off. Good health is the result of continuous and persistent actions, habits and an active way of life.

Some how, the population as a whole is short sighted and impatient. The problem is compounded by clever marketers who exploit this human characteristic, selling products and services that offer convenience and good health at low costs. However, the reality is usually much different, resulting in people giving up altogether and resuming their unhealthy habits.

What can be done? There is no simple answer. It is evident that trends are getting worse, with western diseases like obesity growing exponentially. Would it be such a bad idea to have junk food and fast food chains heavily regulated? Much like cigarets and alcohol are.

The problem lies in the fact that it’s easy to think that if you can eat something, then it must be nutritious. However, this isn’t the case. And this is particularly the case with fast foods like McDonald’s (or other similar chains).

Another challenge to healthy eating is the super markets that are geared towards promoting the highest bidder. Snacks like chocolate are abundant within all large retail outlets, with buying opportunities placed at checkouts. Is it any wonder we’re getting fatter?

Similarly, fruit and vegetables are typically harder to keep than processed alternatives. Of course, processing food is usually to enhance how long it lasts. But that’s beside the point.

Preparation time takes us back to laziness. The modern person simply doesn’t have the time to prepare food after a long day in the office. This makes convenience foods an ideal option. After all, if it’s a toss-up between microwaving something out of a packet and preparing food from scratch, most people will go for the former option. And who would blame them?

Things are only going to get worse. People work more, have less time and are way too distracted. Taking one’s diet seriously is the single best thing anyone can do for their health. Of course, exercise is an important part of the health puzzle and shouldn’t be over looked either. Running, swimming, climbing, riding, fighting, heck, walking will do. Just get off your bum and do something.