How to Eat Healthy
I hadnít really noticed this before, I have lately begun to suspect
that there is a vast conspiracy out there to make people fat. It seems
I have been so busy watching the diet industry that I paid little
attention to the shenanigans of the rest of society, and they have had
unrestrained freedom in conspiring to seduce us into their trap.
Take, for instance, the commercials we are forced to watch on the
television set, unless we have the good sense to avoid such digital
diversion, which most of us donít. In the middle of a CSI autopsy, a
commercial breaks in at a most unexpected moment. The screen flashes a
succulent dinner that titillates our taste buds in spite of the
inappropriateness of the interruption.
And should we be seduced into going inside a restaurant, we are
certain to be victims of foul play. As soon as we are seated, we find
a bucket of roasted peanuts in front of us and are offered liquid
refreshments, nearly all of which are high-calorie and
If we manage to resist these delights, a basket of yeasty-smelling
bread is placed in front of us, butter on the side. Then we are asked
about ordering an appetizer, as if the other condiments are not there.
Scanning the menu, we find not one single meal that does not appear to
be high enough in calories to give us air sickness. After ordering, we
receive salad to go with the buns. By the time the actual meal
arrives, we are not even hungry. As soon as our forks have touched the
food, we are invited to order dessert.
So, we try to stay away from these businesses that, after all, are
doing what they do best, feeding people what they perceive that people
want, high-calorie, fat-laden, and belly-fattening food. People who
try to avoid the eating out syndrome do not fare much better. Unlike
other addictions, eating cannot be up entirely if we value our life,
and if we judge by the amount of fat consumed these days, we value it
Certainly it is possible to find low-calorie, fat-free food if you
look hard enough, but while looking, you must crawl over piles of cake
and donuts, pass by cases of ice cream, look past frozen pizza, run
around fried chicken, and go through aisles lined with potato chips,
snacks, and every type of candy invented by ingenuity. Suddenly, our
bag of lettuce and frozen diet dinners seems as worthless as confetti
after the party is over.
And we havenít even considered the deceptive labeling. Candy is
fat-free. (What about calorie-free?) Ice cream is low-fat (but not
no-fat), pork has no carbs (but plenty of cholesterol), and potato
chips are baked (but still starchy). Could anyone really expect us to
think this stuff is good for us? Or do they just wish to make the
choices so difficult and confusing that we donít know what to buy?
Generally, while the mind is confused, the stomach takes control and
somehow fills the grocery cart with all-beef wieners, (all beef fat,
that is) breakfast cereal (50% sugar), low-fat cheesecake (Donít
even ask.), salt-free popcorn (Butter flavor is optional), and
caffeine- laden energy drinks. We are somehow brainwashed into
believing we are eating well, and swearing that we will never give
unhealthy foods a ride in our shopping cart.
Itís a conspiracy, I tell you.
We are controlled by outside marketing forces determined to fatten us
up whether we need it or not. It is futile to resist. We might as well
let bon-bons be bons-bons, so to speak. And since we are already
overweight and outwitted, we might as well have one of those
artificial chocolate, meal-to-go candy bars before passing out from