How Does Food Apathy Affect You?

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:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Depression

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?


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5 thoughts on “How Does Food Apathy Affect You?

  1. So many reasons why I’m not consistent with the healthy eating. Here we go:
    1. I don’t always prioritize sleep, and that messed up the Leptin and Grelin hormones which control hunger and satiation. I always eat sweets in the afternoon when I didn’t sleep well.
    2. I work in an environment that has so many unhealthy foods ( drug store) , plus my family has no interest in eating healthy…so we still have trigger foods at home too. Sometimes I can resist them. Journaling my food helps. –If you bite it, you write it.
    3. Special trigger foods are near impossible for me to resist. Apple fritters were brought home by a family member. Yep, I ate some of that. It evoked a happy memory of days long passed. But it wasn’t as good! Not enough apples!

  2. I definitely agree with this whole article. My biggest reason for eating junk is also the biggest contradiction: insecurity. If I go out with people and order a salad while everyone else is eating pizza and wings I feel like they’re looking at me with pity and thinking “oh poor little fat girl… she’s always trying to lose weight”
    It’s completely ridiculous. But to avoid it, I order a bacon cheeseburger and regret it later. Viscous cycle.

  3. My own reasons for eating junk food at times is convenience and social. I say convenience because sometimes its quicker to grab something and go versus having to come home an cook. I say social because sometimes I assimilate to whatever others around me it. Its my own choice, not blaming anyone. Also sometimes I am just not in for anything healthy. Love the article.

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