Don’t be bullied by food.
I’m about to tell it like it is and I know not all of you will like it, I won't rant, I'll just be really honest. If I didn’t share what I know as a Life Coach I’d never help anyone.
I recently saw an ad for a TV programme called “The men who made us fat.” The title alone annoyed me so I found it difficult to watch. We all know that certain fast food chains pump millions of pounds into clever marketing campaigns, which are often aimed at kids. And we also know kids are easily persuaded which probably makes that kind of advertising morally wrong. But this is where we as parents and conscious living beings come into it. We need to be the ones to say NO!
Likewise when it comes to our own bodies, health and weight, we need to take responsibility for our actions and ultimately what we place in our mouth. It would be great to shift the blame over to the billion pound corporations but at the end of the day we are the ones who ate the food. We are also the ones who bought the convenience foods, sweets and fast food that has caused our children to become obese. It might be easier to just give in to the children’s cries and moaning but we really are not doing them any favours. Nor are we doing ourselves any favours.
How can we say someone else made us fat? We can’t because they didn’t. They didn’t hold us down while we ate greasy fries, stodgy burgers or sugar laced fizzy drinks. It’s time to stop shifting the blame. Start taking full responsibility for your actions, choices and decisions and you wouldn’t need to look for someone to blame.
These advertising campaigns don’t tell us how much fat or sugar is in their products but if you are really focused on your health and wellbeing you will find that out for yourself. I’m not saying you can’t ever have treats, I’m just saying be mindful of what you eat. If I advertised toxic chemicals in the right way I could probably convince a few people that they were good for you but I would soon be found out. We may have been in the dark a few years ago about fast food, fizzy drinks and chemical-packed sweets but we now know what they can do to our health. Is that not reason enough to stop eating them?
All it takes is a little bit of awareness and informed decision making. It’s really uncomfortable to think we caused our own weight gain but it’s a nasty fact that we have to live with. We’d love to blame food companies or supermarkets but, if you are really honest with yourself you will realise that they are not the culprits, we are.