I know Eat This Not That is the name of a book, an app and probably a multitude of other things that have been marketed and sold to us. I also know there are so many different programs out there that try to instruct us to eat in a specific manner. I find it mind boggling that there are so many differing approaches to achieve an end goal whether it be losing weight or training for a marathon. There are 107,902 results when you search “diet books” on Amazon. That is ridiculous! How did we get to be a society that would actually have a need for over 100,000 books on the topic?
How did we get to be a society where over 1/3 of our population is considered obese?
How did we get to be a society where taking a pill for a problem is the answer?
I don’t have the answers to these questions, but I wish there was just one simple answer not over 100,000. Here is some food for thought. Thinking back to the days of my childhood, I didn’t spend numerous hours in front of the TV or on a computer or similar device. I played outside, rode my bike, played sports after school, ran around in the woods, spent every waking moment in the summertime swimming in the lake. I also didn’t eat a lot of processed food. I grew up in Wisconsin and my parents are meat and potato type people. We ate very simply.
Could the answer to our obesity and chronic disease problems be to eat less food, eat better food and exercise more? Wow, isn’t that a novel concept. I know there are cases where people really do have medical issues and need to take medication. I also think a lot of medication is prescribed for issues that could be remedied by eating better and exercising. It is easier to take a little pill each day than to think about how you can take better care of yourself through diet and exercise – especially with so much contradictory evidence out there.
Take a minute to think about how that little pill each day is affecting the rest of your body. Have you ever listened to the narrator in a drug commercial when the happy music is playing in the background and the people in the commercial are walking on a beautiful beach? If you haven’t, next time you see a drug commercial, listen carefully. You will be shocked! Here is a real life example from my family. My mother has rheumatoid arthritis and her doctor prescribed methotrexate. She took the methotrexate for years and developed an incurable lung disease. She had to be put on oxygen and there was a time where we didn’t think she would survive. She did survive and came off of the oxygen. She was then put on another medication. Her doctor researched the next medication and ensured her there would be no side effects. She started taking this and soon thereafter ended up in the hospital with a liver disorder. She immediately stopped taking this medication and has vowed to not take anymore prescriptions for her arthritis. I have tried to convince her to eat healthier and exercise but she wants no part of it. Even after all of that!
Before you try the next fad diet or take that little pill the doctor prescribes, try to pay more attention to the calories you take in versus the calories you expend, the quality of the food you are putting in your mouth and how much time you are moving your body. I am not sure it is that simple, but it sure would be nice if it was.