We’ve all had one of those toxic relationships in our lives where we recognise how bad somebody is for us and the impact that they are having on our wellbeing. First it’s little things, but then it quickly moves on to the bigger complications.
By now you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about relationships! They are definitely not something I claim to be good at! The reason I’m talking about them is because most of the world has one of these relationship problems right now! Food.. The relationship with food can be the most toxic relationship you’ll experience. Whether this is an emotional relationship or just the bad food choices you’re making, both are hurting you and future generations. Breaking up is never easy and this one is no different but once you do. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it earlier and start to work on finding a healthy and fulfilling relationship with nutrition.
Think back to where this emotional relationship starts.. Think back to when you were a you’re a child and you’d been well-behaved or you were upset/hurting after that first doctor’s visit. What happened? You were given a treat for being such a brave little one. This is when that toxic relationship begins. The pattern begins each time you’ve achieved something good or you’re going through a tough time. We turn to the treats. Now I know I’m not a parent yet, but so often I see and hear parents using fast food as a treat. Parents, would you give your child a drug that would cause health problems and death in 40 years’ time? No? For some reason when it comes to food we selectively turn a blind eye to the side effects. And I use the term ‘food’ very lightly. When did giving your child a toxic substance become a treat? You are setting them up for failure and a high chance of suffering from a disease. The world is a toxic place and we need to change before it’s too late. This change needs to come from the next generation and the parents of the world are at the front of this with the choices you make.
You’re in charge of food choices!
I understand that the world of nutrition can be a cloudy pool of opposing arguments. No fat, low-fat, high-fat. Butter versus margarine. Good fats and bad fats. Carbs vs no carbs. It can all be so confusing. I’m not a nutritionist or dietician, but it doesn’t take a university degree to see through the fog – just EAT REAL QUALITY FOOD. Less factory food, more farm food.
Take your family to a farmers’ market on the weekend and meet the people that grow your food. Ask them about where it is grown and how it’s grown. You quickly see these people caring about the food and not just the profit margins. The family I get most of my vegetables from have even invited to take a look at their farms! I know the first thing that runs through people’s heads is “oh, but organic food is expensive.” I think you’d be surprised at the costs once you build rapport with a family/farmer at the markets. Plus, even if good food is expensive, so is disease. What price do you put on your family’s wellbeing?