After watching Fed Up, a documentary that exposes the sicknesses caused by the American food industry, I immediately decided to adopt a healthier diet by avoiding processed foods. After a while, my motivation to change my diet vanished, and I kept consuming those harmful products even though I was aware of their consequences.
In one way or the other, we have been all informed of the destructive effects of processed foods on our health, but still, most of us are consuming them. Paradoxically, our entire brain knows the truth about the food industry, except the cells that make decisions at the dining hall. I usually feel guilty of my own choices after picking high-fat pizza slices or high-sugar soda from the station’s counter; even more guilty by thinking about the number of diseases I am exposed to because of my current eating habit. How do we break this addiction?
There is no one-fits-all answer to this question. Like the majority of my generation, I am addicted to sugar, and over the past days, I use this fact to try a definitive transition to a healthy diet. At the dining halls, I fill up my plate with vegetables, fruits and sweet dry raisinsーyum…unusually sweet raisins! In this way, I can satisfy both my taste buds and body. This addiction-breaking technique has worked well for me so far, and will hopefully stand the test of time.
Want to adopt healthy diet? As I did, try veggie dishes with natural sweetener or come up with a trick that applies to you. My best suggestion would be to make the transition enjoyable, and not painful.
Written by Kelly Jean, Class of 2021
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