Feast Freely but Follow Up to Live Well

J. Jurout

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Eating freely is not always bad for average people. Crunching on popcorn while watching an exciting movie feels good. A hot mug of Irish coffee in winter comforts the body and mind. Delving into chocolate cake can inspire us to do an extra-hard workout the next day. We might wake up more relaxed after that second Martini and make a big batch of hearty soup for everyone. The good moods that follow bad food can counter the negative effects on our bodies. Eating badly is not all bad. It's fun for a healthy person to feast freely sometimes, but we have to follow up with good food in order to live well.

With enough natural food, we can eat junk and still feel good. We can make a point to drink extra water after a night of sweets. After a restaurant portion of pasta for dinner, we can skip a meal. Then, we can have a serving of vegetables and fish. The processed foods that we had for lunch can be balanced out by an avocado salad for dinner and a banana for breakfast. America's health crisis is not caused by one plate of fried chicken. Feasting freely and then not following up with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats afterward lowers the quality of our lives.

Don't Eat Only Junk

Our culture encourages us to eat food with high amounts of sugar, fat, and salt. The decadent fare that we see on television and in restaurants and supermarkets suggests that bad food is good all of the time. After a few meals, we don’t remember the positive feelings that resulted from a diet of natural foods. We pile one heavy meal on top of another without noticing the discomfort and fatigue that results. We forget the recommended daily allowances, and we order out again. We can stop being the agents of our own suffering. We can still eat freely and enjoy life, but we need to follow up.

https://www.dietaryguidelines.gov/resources/downloadable-graphicsDGA: Dietary Guidlines for America

Follow Up with Good Food

Big Food uses mixed messages to stop us from following up. Fast food commercials, for example, feature characters and people in a state of perfect health. The meals, on the other hand, produce very different results. The smiles express the satisfaction that result from hydration. The positivity illustrates the well-being that we experience when our bodies are packed with nutrients. The images in their videos present a false cause-and-effect. The characters are not eating the plump and delicious cheeseburgers that the fast-food chain displays in its advertisements. A few days of eating its food actually leaves in an opposite physical and mental state.

We live well when we eat natural foods. Sugar and fat don't provide us with real energy. Excessive amounts of carbs and salt extract energy from us and deplete our moods. Instead of tapping our feet and wiggling our butts in a celebration of life, we’re lying inert on the living room sofa. We're rolling our eyes at the thought of getting up. In place of smiles and cheers, we’re downcast and drained. While Big Food profits, the quality of our lives goes down. Without realizing that we’re the cause of our own problems, we focus on working, surviving, and achieving.

Find Time to Live Well

Health is more important than wealth. If we feast freely and follow up after a bad meal, we can live well. We can have the energy to pursue our goals. Also, we can better enjoy the spoils of our labor. A bout of indigestion interferes with our ability to appreciate the new-car smell that we like so much. A new sofa feels better to the touch when we're comfortable in our own skin. We would better enjoy the ambiance of an expensive hotel or pricey restaurant when we are healthy and have refined senses.

Following up and cultivating a lifestyle that provides energy requires energy; the efforts are more than worthwhile. After eating fast food, skip a meal, and then have lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole wheat bread and pasta. It’s possible to have our cake and eat it too by finding replacements. Instead of candy today, for example, I felt satisfied and healthy after having a handful of crisp grapes. On a new diet plan, I'm having yogurt parfaits instead of ice cream. Also, I'm combating the biggest obstacle to living well: stress-eating. Cheers to a good life. Learn more by following me here. Thank you for reading.

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