Do you think you can help me figure this one out?
I have always been fascinated by what drives people, what motivates them. I want answers. I want to know why people do what they do.
I want to know why some people get stuck in bad eating habits and despite their intentions end up going through the drive through on the regular.
Does it come down to lack of education when defending our unhealthy eating habits? Information is readily at our fingertips. On top of that, many of us read the read the health labels on our food, read the news reports, and watch the documentaries on how food affects our bodies. Many of us have the knowledge and the tools available to eat healthier, but still don’t.
There have been a few arguments made regarding the explanation behind a consistently junky diet.
The first one that comes to mind is that healthy eating is more expensive. Is this true? Yes. But to put this into context, we need to ask how much more expensive it really is. This report indicates that eating healthy isn’t too much more expensive; in fact it only costs an extra $1.50 per day. And I’m a big believer that if you plan your meals right and keep your eyes open for deals, that its really pretty much on par.
The second argument used quite frequently is convenience. But this isn’t the 90’s anymore! Most convenient food vendors and fast food joints offer healthier options, you just have to know what they are. I enjoyed this article on Buzz Feed because it breaks down healthier options at some of the most popular fast food restaurants.
Eating healthy is medicine. It fuels the body properly and reduces the chance of illness. A healthy diet means you will ingest the nutrients required to keep you operating at your best. And if that isn’t enough, eating healthy is also a preventative measure against:
- Heart Disease
- Cognitive Impairment
Despite knowing the power of a healthy diet, many of us still choose to deny it for ourselves. We still consume foods of convenience that are high in sugar, chemicals, and refined ingredients. I want to know why.
I want to know the answer to this question because I have been there. I do go there. I do not eat perfect all the time! I slip up, I mean, don’t we all?
So to understand the answer to my own question, I’ve tried to dig into my own reasons for falling off the wagon and having a bad week nutritionally. And I think I’ve found the culprit: apathy. I’m indifferent to eating one bad meal because in my mind, it doesn’t matter. It’s just once.
We just don’t care. Maybe it comes down to a lack of value for ourselves. We don’t care enough to nourish our bodies. We’re too consumed with life – too busy – too stressed to make it a priority.
We are, in fact, so busy that we’ve almost lost touch with the reality of our diets; we’re not seeing how bad our eating habits really are. We’re in denial of our current situation.
It’s just a thought. I’m sure that the reasons behind it really come down to the individual person, with varying degrees of different factors at play.
But I think food apathy definitely plays a big part.
What do you guys think? What causes you to fall off the wagon?