McFat and Lazy. A trend driven by global food companies?
In today's world, convenience is something we crave and desire so passionately. It's our inate fear of missing out, of pushing ourselves to do more, be more, achieve more, that zaps our time each day and leaves us feeling flustered, exhausted and our stress levels sky high. More than 62% of Australians are overweight or obese. Whilst I do not directly relate obesity with being lazy, it is clear that the way we do things isn't working in our best interests.
I just read an article that discusses McDonalds' plans to launch an app in America. An app to make ordering 'food' so easy, all you need to do it place your order through the app then you simply 'pick up [the] food in stores, curbside or at drive-thru windows'. Not much different to how we already do things. However, Burger King goes a step further, and kindly delivers it straight to your door. Pizza, Thai, Chinese, pies, burgers and fries are so conveniently at your finger tips, cooking a healthy meal after a long day seems so much more unappealing.
That is what really ticks me off. The work and messages of so many wonderful people promoting health and fitness is essentially dismissed by the majority of the population. Large corporations smother our lives with marketing tactics, "foods" and technology that they promote as making our lives easier and more convenient. They play on our weaknesses. And they usually win.
But tell me this. Does putting on weight, chaffing, excessive sweating, being puffed going up the stairs, not feeling comfortable or even being able to shop in typical clothes stores make your life easier? Do you find that having to spend half your pay on medicines and doctors bills lets you lead the life you want? How about taking time off work due to illness or issues caused by not so great lifestyle choices - is that really convenient?
Please do not place the advice of your health professional in the 'too hard' basket. Exercise and training your tastebuds to love more fruit and vegetables, lean meats, and low GI wholegrain sources of carbs and starches is THE most simple, cheap, and effective way to prevent chronic lifestyle disease. Fill your pantry, your fridge, your freezer, your office space, your car, and your gym and your hand bag with whole food meals and snacks. One Apple costs about 40 cents. One Mars bar costs more than $1. You can't play the 'healthy food is more expensive card' anymore. Healthy whole food gives you way more mileage for your buck, and won't contribute to disease - which by the way, costs a bucket load of cash, and once you have it, you'll typically have it for life. Forget that overseas holiday, or new car, you have medical bills to pay.
Some chronic lifestyle diseases and risk factors are reversible or manageable with diet and exercise alone - obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, so it's never too late to change your habits and heal your body. Regardless of what you have or what you are headed for, you always have the opportunity to turn back and take the alternative path. It's up to you to make that change.
If you need convenience, get your healthy groceries delivered, cook in bulk, and eat snacks that are simply whole foods like fruit, nuts, vegetables or whole food snacks that are easy and quick to make like: homemade muesli bars, bliss balls, veggie muffins and health breads.
Look after your body and make your health a top priority. That way you can truly enjoy being you.