Okay so I’ve mentioned before, but my family eats a lot. I mean, sheer volume of food intake. But the thing is, as a kid, most of the food I ate was relatively healthy. Lean meat, chicken, vegetables, tofu, rice, water, and orange juice.
Sometimes, there would be a Canada Dry or Sprite in the fridge, but mostly my dad just drinks that because he says it makes him feel refreshed or hydrated after doing yardwork - which is totally not how soda works, but whatever.
We never had chips or candy in abundance, and so everything was pretty much ok. We ate too much, but we ate too much of “whole” foods.
After my brother started growing up, some of those food habits changed. I guess he has more “American” or Westernized tastes, and I can’t help but find this singular anecdotal experience of mine comparable to the studies that have been done following people/obesity/health through generations in America. The American diet is just…so so bad? I mean, duh.
My brother started asking my mom for chips and soda because that’s what his friends ate and that’s what he thought tasted good, and my mom sometimes has a hoarding/”sale” shopping problem so we started seeing more and more junk food in the house.
The thing is, my family already eats a lot like I mean eating-full-to-bursting a lot - meaning past satiety. Add junk food to that mix? Junk food, high fructose corn syrup, etc. - there have been studies showing that there’s decreased satiety when it comes to these foods, and that’s one reason it’s so easy to snack on junk food or drink Supersize sodas without feeling full and even sometimes wanting to eat more (high sugar load preps the body for food).
I just…I’m not comfortable with all the junk food in the house. To be honest, I really hate it. I know people like how it tastes, and processed foods are kind of the American way-of-life now, and it’s about convenience and instant gratification and freedom of choice…but I hate all that too??
Yes, it’s your freedom of choice to eat shit foods. Yes, it’s your freedom of choice to smoke. Yes, it’s your freedom of choice to do drugs.
It’s your freedom of choice to slowly kill yourselves, and maybe that’s for the better with our overpopulation/overcrowding - except for the slowly part, which really is just a big drain on tax, insurance, and healthcare dollars.
I was going somewhere with this post, but mostly I am just grumpy that my mom won’t stop buying junk food (“Just because I buy it doesn’t mean you have to eat it” - That’s not the point, mom! I don’t want anyone to eat it!)
One day, I’m going to be a food tyrant. No fast food, no high fructose corn syrup, no corn-fed beef (and while we’re at it, let’s make meat production more environmentally-friendly please), no processed convenience food overabundance!
Also, puppies for everyone! (Not for food.)