Ahh the second day of #JunkfreeJune and I feel fantastic!
Those of you who know me, know i'm in a constant battle with myself of how much I LOVE sweets, chocolate, lollies, hot chocolates and a sneaky Big Mac once in a while. HOWEVER i'm a huge advocate for healthy eating, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle.
So believe me when I say this month will be tough but lets look at some facts.
What is Junk Food really? Junk food is typically defined as foods with little nutritional value that are high in calories, fat, sugar, salt, or caffeine. Junk food can include breakfast cereals, candies, chips, cookies, French fries, gum, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, sodas, and most sweet desserts aka all those easy to reach pre-packged foods.
The increase of junk food is directly associated with the increase in obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers, tooth decay, and other diseases.
So why are we still reaching for these foods that are of no nutritional value and effectively could lead to us becoming very ill in the long term future?
I'll tell you a couple of reasons why..firstly convenience, for example I went to State of Origin last night in Sydney now luckily I was prepared and had a junk free dinner before I went as I didn't see one thing at the game that wasn't considered Junk Food! Donuts, Fizzy Drinks, Beer, Hotdogs, Chips, Burgers, lollies the list goes on and I tell you what its safe to say not many people were holding back. If there was a healthy alternative at the game I for one would definitely have bought it. On this note though when it is within reach they make it so damn expensive to eat healthy. For the reason that fresh produce and ingredients that make up healthy foods are a lot more expensive then lets say cheap cheese in that grease filled cheeseburger. I understand in some cases it is unaffordable for some people to eat healthily while they are out but everything you eat is a choice and if you were prepared or brought food with you, you wouldn't be as likely to reach for that bad food. At the end of the day there really is no excuse. As the saying goes I like to live by 'fail to prepare, then prepare to fail'.
The second reason is addiction, simply due to the convenience of it all, the more sugar you eat the more heightened the addiction becomes. The more of all those sugary sweets you have the more your body is use to them and craves more and more. This is where the vicious cycle begins!
Now of course I understand this all needs to be sustainable and I'm the first person to shout "treat yourself" but the words that come after this need to be in moderation or when it is deserved. I'm a big believer in not holding yourself back from foods but I do believe before you eat you need to consider "what is this doing to my body and do I really need it?" If you want a piece of cake and you've eaten well all week have a piece of cake and don't feel bad about it. Enjoy it. The underlying message here is this is a lifestyle choice and not a diet, its about making the right choices for you and your body!
Healthy Living Everyone - tune back in for more of my thoughts on living this lifestyle and my journey on #JunkfreeJune