- Kellie Blake RDN, LD, IFNCP
Have You Made Life Too Convenient?
The American culture is one centered around convenience. We wake up every day with the goal of making our lives as convenient as possible. We have prepared food at our fingertips, we can take a pill for many an ill, we have smart phones that deliver any kind of information we want with just a click. We don't even really have to walk through the grocery store. We can order from Amazon, or take part in the curb side service offered at our local grocery chain. We search for convenience in our personal relationships, we buy pretty much anything we want, even if we can't afford it. Modern life seems fantastic, if something is inconvenient we just trade it for something else. Yet, despite all these conveniences, we're still suffering from chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression at never seen before rates . Convenience can be a wonderful thing. But, that convenience can also come with a price. When it comes to our food supply and health, convenience has been a catastrophe.
Our convenient food culture has created a lifestyle where we no longer have to
spend time in our kitchens. We don't even have to think about what we'll eat beforehand, there's always an option. Many have never learned how to cook an actual meal from start to finish. And, kids aren't learning even basic cooking skills. It never ceases to amaze me when working with teens and young adults, the lack of knowledge when it comes to basic meal preparation. Our lives are so busy with modern conveniences, we've lost sight of the big picture.
The sky rocketing rates of chronic disease should be an alarm bell and a call to action. Our family members, friends, co-workers, and loved ones are suffering and dying from diseases that are largely completely preventable and reversible with lifestyle modification. The foundation for preventing and reversing these diseases starts in your own kitchen. Lifestyle changes and learning to create healthy meals for yourself are definitely more challenging than taking medication(s). But there are no pills that will cure diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's, and obesity. All the medications used to "treat" these diseases are ineffective in the long run and are aimed at controlling symptoms. Creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself is a lifelong, effective investment.
Instead of allowing the convenience food items to control you, take back the control of your food and your health! Every food choice you make can get you one step closer to a better quality of life, or it can keep you sick. Take a few minutes to think about the life conveniences that may be keeping you from reaching your goals. Are there any convenience food items you can give up in order to create a better quality of life?
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