So I recently took part in a conversation at work involving eating habits.  Many of you know, I have quite an affinity for junk food. You name it, I eat it. I often have to request “hold the vegetables” at restaurants — as I’m not a big onion, pepper, things-that-are-green fan. There are a few veggies that I could eat all day — but for the most part, I stick to carbs and sugar.

The conversation started because I was kicking off a big project for Charmin with my team at work — and it was over lunch. So instead of getting everyone’s order and sorting out the lunches — I decided to go with the Charmin theme and get a buffet of foods that were all “rolls”. We had spring rolls, egg rolls, cinnamon rolls, California rolls, deli rolls, tootsie rolls, and swiss cake rolls — it was quite a feast! So during the feast, someone decided to read the ingredients off the box of swiss cake rolls (ruining the fun). We could pronounce very few of them — and, honestly, I’m not afraid. We got into this big discussion about eating healthy and what dyes cause cancer and what foods you should never eat… blah blah. I personally, think food should be enjoyed and if that means twinkies – I’m not about to stand in your way.

So the question is – what is the payoff of eating healthy? Is it worth it? Are you really going to live longer and better and stronger if you eat natural organic soy cardboard? Not society in general – you. Do you personally think that maximizing the wonders of the food pyramid will benefit you in the long run? And – truthfully — this ”long run” is what I take issue with. What are you saving yourself for? If you eat organic Cheetos and own stock in Kashi — you’ll live to be 100, just like me, and we’ll both die and not need our bodies anymore. So what’s the point? It’s not like you get to cash in your health at the end of your life. You don’t get a big pat on the back when you die — “good job Sarah, you ate all your vegetables so you get special consideration”. Your physical body dies eventually - no matter how well you “take care” of it.

I’d like to clarify that I am making this point within the current laws of our society. I’m not proposing we all go smoke crack because we’re all going to die anyway… no. And I also make an exception for children — as their bodies are still developing and there are certain minerals and vitamins they need to receive in order to grow and develop properly. But after puberty or so — you’re on your own.

— if you have already drawn the conclusion that I am just being defensive because someone picked on me about my junk food issues, you are likely on track. — but feel free to weigh in by way of comment below.

Tom — the fun ad of the day is just for you  Copy line is: Good things come to those who wait.

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3 thoughts on “Thursday May 3, 2007

  1. It’s all about balance. Junk food isn’t the devil, and health food nuts are no happier than obese people until they can find balance in their habits, I think.

  2. Well, from the viewpoint of a healthcare professional- I think it’s all about what kind of life you want to live when you hit middle age… 

    Do you want to be the one with osteoporosis who can barely walk because you didn’t drink your milk once upon a time?  Do you want to be the one with heart surgery at age 50 because you ate all of that fried food and now your arteries don’t work?  And don’t even get me started on what crack can do to you!   

    That’s my argument.  Eat your veggies!

    ps: I drink soy milk- and it’s DEE-LICIOUS!    :)

  3. I agree wholeheartedly with Laura on this one. It’s not so much about when you die or what happens when you die, it’s more about your quality of life until then.  

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