Our beloved American way

If you live in America you definitely know about the “American way”. It’s the things we believe in and do in common. It’s also a ‘catch-all’ phrase we love to attach to situations…a sort of ‘everyone-else-is-doing-it’ thing, typically the easy route and definitely the lazy route, lol. Until recently, I never really understood just how profoundly protective we are of it — our beloved American way — especially when it comes to food.

If you’ve been paying attention you will know that the last decade has been a rush of newly uncovered information about the side-effects of our super-crappy food supply. Food experts, nutritionists, dietitians, Banana pancakesdocs, scientists and others are taking it up a few octaves in hopes we might hear what they have to say about the stuff we are putting in our mouths. Seems that food as we know it is damaging our brains and our bodies, slowly bringing on man-made problems like obesity, laziness, crankiness, moodiness and hunger pangs that won’t let up. There’s also a plethora of medical ailments to consider like high blood pressure, obesity, type II diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease — all possible side effects to our food choices.

“But I like it, and I should eat what I like”. That’s what a close friend of mine said to me on Thanksgiving day about being a regular at McDonalds. In our short conversation she also included:

  • I don’t think it’s as bad for you as they say
  • I deserve to have a treat!
  • I don’t think it’s going to cause any long term problems
  • They wouldn’t sell it if it wasn’t healthy for us
  • Once in a while won’t hurt me
  • I don’t believe the experts, they don’t really know
  • It’s the American way

And there it was! The conclusion I didn’t want. The “smh” moment where I realized that eating any which way you Family Dining Al Frescowant at any time you want is normal and truly is the American way…and caving in to so-called experts can and will be looked upon as being a ‘sold out’. It’s also NOT the American ‘anything’ at this point in time.

Going outside of what’s normal isn’t nearly the normal we all hope for…and those that do are raising eyebrows. So for those that continue to say cheers to white bread and Coca-Cola, I just simply say… it’s not alright, but at the same time we all do what’s right for us. And that’s MY American way.

If you want to change your eating in 2015 and live with a clearer mind and improved health, here are a few links to get you started.

About healthy eating
Learning about vegetables
Staying full longer

Greens and veggies, what the heck.

Wow, it’s such a great time to eat. We have discovered so many healthy foods to shine up our hair and skin and make our arteries squeaky clean. Good for us…it’s easier than ever to become fresh-faced and gorgeous all over again, reversing the years with a new colorful bounty of organic veggies. We can just sit back and watch DVR’d episodes of Dr. Oz, learning and lunching guilt-free!
But wait. While this may be awesome news for normal people, it’s only so-so news for the rest of the world that struggles with monster-sized appetites for, well… that other kind of food, you know, the overly-delish stuff which can be found just about EVERYWHERE. And the temptations for such un-healthiness have proven nearly impossible to resist!

Sadly, there are tons of us hungry and snacky-types around. We lurk, we lie, we do everything we can do not to let on that we have a bottomless pit that wants and needs a hit of food most hours of our day (and it ain’t peas and carrots).

Of course we love the veggies, we learn about the veggies and we try the veggies, but endless salads and juicing can only suffice for so long before we slink into the darkness and eat our hearts out with Cheetos. Sad, but true. We love to play games with our addiction, telling ourselves that calories do not count on birthdays, on Tuesdays, and on that oddball leap year day. We – them – or any one else who relates to this – is no more than a good ‘ol American compulsive overeater with no resolve in sight…living in the shadows of our healthy-minded cousins who eat veggies 4x a day with ease. For the rest of us, a bad day at the office, a break-up, or even a couple glasses of wine can cause a whirlwind date with a super-duper-sized bowl of bad carbs . We want to sip on greenish drinks and munch on quinoa, but we have a little bug inside of us that won’t let us do it, leaving us to go rogue, all the while whispering in our ear that we can go back to eating clean first thing in the morning. We’d like to kill the bug, but we don’t know how. And God forbid we tell anyone about our problem or that pesky little bug we have. We just aren’t ready to ‘out’ ourselves to the world yet, ha ha.

So, what about you? Do you have this sucky problem? Do you have that little nasty bug in your body, creeping around telling you what to do and how to do it? Do you have expensive juicers on your counter kicking back on hiatus? Are you in love with Cheetos? Do you convince yourself that low-fat frozen yogurt piled with a half a pound of nuts and crunched up Reese’s peanut butter cups are healthy? (Ha ha, I’ve done that!) If so, you have company. So, please share your story! Tell the others that they we NOT alone. lol

— Make overeating stop for good!
– Tips to stop a binge
— The “be positive blog” regarding food