Many years ago, while working on my bachelor’s degree in English, I was an English tutor. My fellow tutors and I plastered our office wall with quotes and cartoons. One of my favorite was Gary Larson’s above. We wanted to be different. We wanted to NOT follow the crowd. We were English majors, by God, and we were thinkers! But as much as we wanted to be individual, there is one place, which all of us tend to follow the crowd and to be sheep, and that is in our hook, line, and sinker following of the big food giants and what they literally feed us.
Processed foods are killing us. 79 million Americans are pre- diabetic and this can be directly linked to the processed foods we eat. They are full of salt, sugar and fat, the three ingredients needed to hook us and keep us coming back for more. We are like sheep to the slaughter as we mass consume chips, candies, processed meats and cheese and never say ENOUGH!
I am currently reading, Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the food giants hooked us, by Michael Moss. An excellent read, I’ll review it when I finish, about, among other things, how scientists employed by these giants work endlessly to understand how we become hooked on these ingredients and how best to use this science to get us to eat more and more of these foods. Then the marketers work on implanting the message in our brains of how wonderful these foods are and away we go to buy them and consume them.
Understanding why we crave these foods and how to break the addiction, as yes, you can say we are ADDICTED to these foods, is the first step in giving them up, in not being a sheep. Knowing how to read through the misleading messages these companies project is important too. I’m going to be talking a lot about this because I believe we can beat Type II Diabetes if we do our best to prevent it in the first place and beating it is going to mean changing the way we think about food and how we eat it.
If you are one of the 79 million Americans on the verge of Type II Diabetes, now is the time to say enough is enough! We don’t have to be just sheep!
Peace and Joy!
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