Why We Face Health Problems Today
One generation ago, people would not dream of picking up whatever packet of junk food they could get at first in order to feed their faces. Today, we do that so very casually. “I am hungry” usually means “I want a hamburger or a frankfurter, probably with chips on the side and one cola.” “Let‟s go out and party” means “Let‟s go out and booze till we can‟t stand up on our own and intersperse the drinks with as much synthetic-laden wannabe Chinese food that we can get.” And, “I am on a diet” means “I am on a chemically driven pill which will kill my hunger and deprive my body of vitamins.”
It is really no wonder that we are facing so many health problems today.
Our health is an indicator of what we eat. The sorry condition that we are living in is not an individual problem; it is a global problem. The world as a whole is eating wrong. Just check these facts out – 6 in every 10 persons in the US is overweight, and the number is going to be 8 in every 10 persons by the time we hit 2015. The US, the largest economy in the world, is spending close to $147 billion a year on healthcare due to various obesity-related issues. And this situation is true with most of the so-called developed nations of the world.
Now, if you just consider this one fact, think how much richer the US would have been if it didn‟t have to contend with this problem. The US reserves would have approximately $150 billion more each year which it could have used for developmental purposes. Probably, there would have been more schools and colleges (we know there is always a paucity of them), more research work being done, the lifestyle of people could be improved, and so much more. With that amount of money, the US could feed 3 third-world countries in Africa each year and rid them of all their food problems.
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Are we really thinking about this? We aren‟t. Even as you are reading this eBook, you probably have a packet of Frito Lays on the side. Do you know that that packet, which is filling your stomach with some of the most toxic chemicals known to humans, could instead have fed an emaciated child in Rwanda?
But it‟s not just about being philanthropic. It‟s about ourselves too. Yes, we have to be selfish. With such alarming health figures, aren‟t we calling doom upon us? We are definitely not eating right. Whatever excess baggage that brings – obesity and the assorted health problems in its wake – we have to be prepared for it.
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Yes, there is cause for alarm. Our eating habits are plunging us into despair. But all is not lost, yet. We can still tighten our belts and look for solutions.
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We have erred horribly with our eating habits so far. Unless we take stock of the situation and take matters in our own hands, things are not going to improve.
The first thing is awareness. We have to learn what foods are right for us and what are not. We have to go back to school (not literally, of course) and understand what the nutrients are that your body really wants and in what measure. Then we have to work up a dietary regimen for ourselves and our family so that we eat healthier. We must cut down on all the foods that are harmful – the carbohydrates, the fats, the sugars, we don‟t really want them – and incorporate foods that can boost our health.
This does sound too preachy, I know. But that is the only respite we have got. If we keep munching on Oreos, we are never going to get better.
But there‟s hope. Hope lies in the fact that there are many foods out there that are just as tasty as those nasty junk foods but we don‟t yet know about them. These are the foods that we don‟t know about yet, we probably don‟t care for them or because we don‟t know how to prepare them, but a good health cookbook could help you in understanding various interesting ways to healthy cooking. Even with the same kind of diet you eat, you can conjure up some very delicious healthy dishes. Yes, it is all very much possible. You can modify your eating habits to a large extent, while at the same time taking care of your palate.
The fact is that the weight loss industry is responsible in a very significant way toward this downfall of the developed human race. They need to keep selling their Atkinses and Jenny Craigs and Zones and Medifasts and for that reason the media never tells you how we can actually take things in your own hands. They show us glitzy before-after pictures of a guy with a foot-long pannus and then the same guy with six pack abs and tell us that the diet ...
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