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Saturday, April 21, 2007

So, the thing that bothers me most is how hard it seems I have to work to just lose 10 pounds these days. I guess what they say is true...once you hit 40, things just don't work like they used to. The biggest change that I have been trying to make is to make sure that I am eating "healthy" foods. Substituting whole grains, eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. The frustration is that I suffer from a condition called oral allergy syndrome. It is directly related to my hay fever and causes me to have allergic reactions to mainly fresh vegetables, but also some fresh fruits. If my hay fever is bad, I have a more serious reaction to the veggies. Thus, I have to limit myself to a select few that don't seem to bother me or I have to cook them.

The plus side of making these changes is that I am much more satisfied after eating. The downside is the cost. I maintain that the real reason that we are having the obesity epidemic here in America is more because of the cost of eating healthy than the fact that we are more sedentary. It is absolutely amazing to me how people make profit off of people trying to get healthy. There is absolutely no excuse for whole grain products to be more expensive than processed products. As a matter of fact, because of the processing that must be done, I would argue that it should be the other way around. I mean, who is paying for the extra manufacturing costs of processing foods? It's kind of like the old argument against caffeinated coffee being more expensive that decaf. After all, coffee beans naturally have caffeine in them! I don't know, I guess I am just frustrated because I am still waiting to be employed full-time and just barely making it by right now.
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