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Justifying the Junk Food Diet

Contradiction must be the word of the day, and organic food must be where the money is, as the pendulum swings with the law of supply and demand.

by M. J. Joachim

The junk food diet was created to make our lives easier and more convenient. We’ve heard the propaganda for years. Follow the money trail and it is not hard to discover how such misconceived notions are taking a toll on those who buy into them. Common practices include marketing and selling ideas to consumers. Being helpful, understanding and service oriented doesn’t hurt either. Consider some of the common assumptions associated with purchasing pre-packaged and fast food, as a replacement for eating healthy food.

It’s easier to eat pre-packaged food than it is to prepare food ourselves. It’s more convenient to pay (less money) at the drive-thru, than it is to purchase and prepare fresh, natural food. Perhaps we should (hypothetically) put this notion to the test and discover exactly how much time and money is saved by ideas like this, which promote and advocate the need to justify ready-made and easy to swallow,  junk food changes in our diets.

Argument against Saving Prep Time on Pre-packaged Food

  • You still have to go to the store and shop for it.
  • Quite often, you still have to purchase extra ingredients to make ready-made, pre-packaged food.
  • You still have to read and follow directions for food preparation, even if it is only a matter of opening boxes, envelopes and cans to pour dehydrated mixes and sauces into the mix.
  • You still have to cook your food, following necessary steps like taking it in and out of the microwave more than once, covering and uncovering dishes or adjusting temperature settings halfway through cooking.
  • You still have to discard the packaging materials, many of which cannot be recycled because they are contaminated with pre-packaged food.

Argument against Saving Money by Using Going through the Drive-thru

  • Gas is at an all-time high these days. Consider the gas to and from, not to mention the gas waiting in line.
  • Fast food doesn’t fill us up as well as natural food, so we eat more of it; consequently, we spend more money on fast food, without providing adequate fuel to our bodies. Yes, this does have something to do with that ever growing waist line we keep meaning to address.
  • Chemicals used to make fast food have an adverse effect on our health; consequently, we spend less time at work (calling in sick), more time at the doctor (paying for tests and treatments) and less time doing things that mentally and emotionally stimulate us, which ultimately would have a positive effect on our overall health.
The human body is not designed to break down chemicals and recycle junk. Forks Over Knives, a 2011 documentary film, discusses in depth the harmful effects of eating chemically laced food, and how it increases our risk for disease and pre-mature death. Utilizing profound research, this film highlights how eating a healthy diet not only minimizes ill health, but also has the ability to heal chronic health conditions, as well as diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. All this and we lose weight, look and feel better too!

According to Natural News, “Approximately two-thirds of the (American) population is overweight, and around half the people are taking at least one prescription drug, if not many more.” Interestingly enough, USA Today published an article on May 16, 2012 stating, “Contrary to popular belief, many healthy foods are no more expensive than junk food, according to a large new government analysis. In fact, carrots, onions, pinto beans, lettuce, mashed potatoes, bananas and orange juice are all less expensive than soft drinks, ice cream, chocolate candy, French fries, sweet rolls and deep fried chicken patties, the report says.” Contradiction must be the word of the day, and organic food must be where the money is, as the pendulum swings with the law of supply and demand.

Somehow this seems like it will be little comfort to those “addicted” to pre-packaged, junk food. Old habits die hard, and if they don’t die at all, they’re likely to kill us. 

©2011, 2012 All Rights Reserved Teresa DePoy

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