Doritos! McDonald's! Ice Cream! Oh, my!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I always laugh when I see commercials for junk food. The people in them are actors, and are pretty much always thin and fit... but the reality is, if you scarf Whoppers and a 10-piece bucket of chicken often, it's pretty unlikely that you'd look like them. Then again, advertising exists to make you think you can have the best of every world! Be skinny AND eat our sugar- and/or fat-filled food! Unfortunately, you really can't. I WISH I could eat ice cream every day - and I used to, which was part of the reason I weighed 265 pounds as a teenager. But I can't do that anymore.
This is not to say that thin people never eat junk food or heavy people always eat junk food - I know for a FACT that that's a fallacy... but the more you indulge in junk food like Doritos or McDonald's chicken nuggets, the more likely you are to be unhealthy, and the more likely you are to carry around extra fat that your body doesn't need.
I got this thought while watching a commercial where Rachel Bilson leaps over cars to raid a truck full of ice cream. Let me tell you - I WANT that ice cream. Double chocolate ice cream bar? Yes, please! But I was on the treadmill at the time, and I tried to think of how many bars of ice cream (and other generally unhealthy foods) I was burning off... calories and fat I've collected for years... and it made me change my mind about wanting that ice cream.
I have a rule that I stick by pretty strictly. I won't buy anything that's advertised in commercials. (Maybe the occasional Subway sandwich or Apple computer, but not much else.) I buy mostly fresh food at the grocery store and steer clear of pre-packaged crap. Cars? Not for me. Clothes? I TOTALLY prefer thrift stores and clothing swaps to Macy's or Old Navy. I've come to tune commercials out. They never offer anything of value to me. Plus, as I've implied, they really only serve to tempt you. They make you feel like you have a problem or that you are flawed in some way, and that their product is the best and only solution. Unhappy? Buy our delectable pizza! Aging? Buy our specialty cream! Lonely? Gorge on Oreos with a friend! Ugly? Buy our new and improved make-up! Bored? Eat a Snickers! It's silly, really...
This only reaffirms for me the fact that I need to be on the ball when it comes to my food intake. I've been doing really well lately. I've avoided some strong temptations. But my desire to be healthy and fit and live is greater than my desire to fire off a few endorphins indulging in a bowl of ice cream (or two) for a few minutes of my life...
Anywho - just wanted to share this random thought of mine. Hope you're all doing well :]