Junk food: how it is going to kill you

81052890 - man eating junk food and driving seated in his carSure, the title of this post may be a bit harsh, but guess what else is harsh? Junk food is harsh on your body. It may be easy to give into that Big “Fat” Mac or Seven Layers “Of Poor Health” Burrito, but when you’re done eating them, that’s exactly what you’ll have: excess fat and poor health.

Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t trying to be excessively negative or depressing. We’re just trying to save your health and, ultimately, your life. Junk food sure is quick and easy; a quick and easy way to potential health issues. And don’t be fooled; even junk foods that are low in calories are bad for you. Why? Because they are excessively processed, filled with artificial ingredients and lacking in the essential nutrients your body needs.

Do you feel fatigued, stressed or suffer from a lack of focus? Perhaps you have been to the doctor a dozen times for fibromyalgia, a chronic musculoskeletal pain syndrome, or diabetes, when your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes effectively. If so, are you feeling trapped by the daily pills and wondering if it’s the only way? Have you considered what you are eating as being a potential contributor?

Highly processed junk foods contain unhealthy ingredients such as nitrates, bad fats, sugar or artificial sweeteners, salt or other unwanted chemicals as a result of the way they are processed. Just consider for a moment the number of machines processed foods go through on their way to your mouth. By the time they hit the grocery shelf or fast food counter, they have been so burnt, frozen, dehydrated and stuffed with preservatives, they have pretty much no chance of providing you with any kind of nutrition.

Many people suffer from chronic disorders that their physicians have trouble either diagnosing or treating. Yet, far too few family doctors ask their patients, “What are you eating?”

There is a reason why the popular saying, “you are what you eat” exists. The last thing you need is to feed your body junk!

Here are some tips for giving up junk food:

  1. Get rid of any junk food that’s currently in your house. If it’s not there, you won’t be tempted to eat it.
  2. Avoid places where you usually buy junk food. If the grocery store is your weak spot, try shopping online or at a different store altogether.
  3. Find healthy alternatives to your favorite junk foods. If you love chips and dip, try carrot sticks and hummus instead. Craving ice cream? Make yourself a healthy smoothie with frozen fruit and yogurt.
  4. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up sometimes. Everyone does! Just get back on track as soon as possible and don’t let one bad choice turn into an all-out binge.