Are you experiencing food apathy? I have always been fascinated by what drives people, what motivates them. I love digging deep to figure out why people do what they do.
One thing that’s been on my mind lately is why some people get stuck in harmful eating habits, and why despite their best intentions they end up in the drive-thru almost daily.
Does it come down to lack of knowledge and education? Information is readily available at our fingertips. In fact, many of us check the health labels on our food, read the news reports, and watch the documentaries on how food affects our function at a cellular level. We have the tools and information available to eat healthier, but sometimes we still don’t.
One argument commonly made is that eating healthy is more expensive. Is this true? Actually, Yes. But to put this into perspective, 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. We’ll spend that $1.50 on food, alcohol, or an expensive latte, but hesitate to invest this in our health.
What about convenience? Most 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. The toughest part is choosing that option in the moment once you get there.
It’s important to remember just how important eating healthy is for your body and your mind. A healthy diet means you will ingest the nutrients required to keep you operating at your best. Diet has been shown to greatly influence mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, and also works as a preventative measure against:
- Heart Disease
- Cognitive Impairment
Despite knowing the power of a healthy diet, so many of us still struggle. This is a complicated topic that really can’t be simplified. There are so many mental, emotional, and socio-economical barriers that inhibit us from committing to eating well.
But in some cases, it is simple. For those of us who have the money, the emotional space, and the readiness to eat healthy, we still don’t do it. Could it be food apathy? It’s easy to feel indifferent about one junky, refined meal because it doesn’t matter. We feel apathetic about our food because we see it as one isolated meal, rather than one part of our routine which contributes to the whole.
And perhaps 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 and too stressed to make it a priority.
I don’t have all the answers. But I think understanding what’s underneath the decisions we make is the key to setting ourselves free from unhealthy patterns of behaviour, because it’s often the first step.
Are you apathetic about your diet? Feel free to share your experience in the comments.