9 May 2012
Here is the truth. When I struggled with morbid obesity, I never gave the first thought to what was in the foods I bought at the grocery store. If it appealed to my taste buds, I bought it. If I liked the packaging, I bought it. If it seemed like I would like the taste of it, I bought it.
I rarely turned the box over to scan the ingredient list. Instead I ate the food happily without regard to what I was putting into my body.
Things like orange cheese puffs, chocolate peanut butter cereal, oddly colored candy, and crackers with no nutritional value appealed to me and I ate them.
Those foods contributed to me looking like this picture.
Although I had joined Weight Watchers dozens of times and heard knowledgeable people talk about how important it was to eat healthy, whole foods, I never truly believed it would matter in my weight loss attempts.
How wrong I was.
In 1997, when I took charge of my health and responsibility for my own obesity, I took a long hard look at the foods I had been purchasing and eating. Honestly, I felt a little guilty when I read the food labels of orange cheese puffs. The label looked like something from a science experiment in my chemistry class.
Words like partially hydrogenated soybean oil, maltodextrin, protein concentrate, monosodium glutamate, lactic acid and more leapt from the label, causing me to realize, perhaps for the first time, that there was more to foods than just the picture on front of the package.
As I began trying to lose weight by really changing my relationship to food I confronted not only the emotions surrounding my problems with food, but also worked on developing a new attitude towards food. If I had to use a dictionary to decipher words on the label, I tended to avoid the food. Foods that had recognizable ingredients or whole, natural foods were those I worked hard on enjoying and choosing.
Sometimes when I am at the grocery store I think back to the old days when my food was so full of processed ingredients that they no longer resembled their food of origin. Whenever I speak to groups I always remind them that if they look at a food and say “What in the world is in that food” then they may be wise to avoid that food altogether.
How are you at foregoing foods full of chemical additives in favor of more natural, wholesome foods?
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