What If… (Some Food For Thought)

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What if… everyone drastically cut back on the amount of fast food that they ate? Would the fast food establishments start serving healthier plant-based, whole foods menu options (that are REALLY healthy, and not pretending to be healthy)?

What if… everyone focused their grocery shopping on the produce and whole grains section of the grocery store? Would the stores limit the amount of processed, boxed foods in the aisles and start supplying more whole foods choices?

What if… everyone started focusing on healthy eating to solve their health problems, and started limiting the amounts of unnecessary medications consumed? Would medical companies start focusing their products and systems on natural treatments to cure the root of the problem instead of just masking the symptoms?

What if… everyone decided that they wanted to break their sugar addictions and eat fresh fruit instead? Would the candy companies go out of business, and the farming companies start producing more to meet the higher demands?

What if… everyone replaced 45 minutes of their daily tv-watching time with a physical activity? Would the obesity rates drop, which in turn would lower overall health care costs (so maybe we wouldn’t see a huge increase in insurance premiums each year)?

What if… everyone ate enough healthy foods everyday instead of trying to salve their conscience by taking multi-vitamin pills everyday? Would the supplement companies go out of business because everyone was getting their nutrition the way nature intended it to be?

What if… all of the school lunches were focused around healthy, whole foods instead of processed, high-fat foods? Would children start enjoying their vegetables more instead of complaining that they want to eat junk food?

What if… the vending machines served whole grain snacks, dehydrated fruit, and other healthy snacks instead of the sugar and sodium filled junk food? Would employees be more productive because they were avoiding the afternoon sluggish feeling that comes from sugar consumption?

What if… more money was invested in teaching people about REAL nutrition (not big-business based nutrition) instead of spending so much money on advertising junk food? Would the natural food industry grow because people made wiser food purchases?

What if… we served healthy foods at parties and events instead of just focusing on the junk food all the time? Would it be easier to eat healthy all the time because we had the support of our friends and family?

What if… more people turned to raw, fruit and vegetable smoothies for their morning kick-start, instead of crutching on the artificial energy that comes from caffeine? Would coffee shops start offering all natural smoothies instead of the standard cup-o-joe?

Obviously these scenarios are not real-world solutions in a society that is so focused on unhealthy eating. The fact that so much of our food and medical industry is based on “big-business” means that there won’t be any drastic changes (for the better) any time soon. The profits and bottom line of the corporations are more important than the health of the people– these companies will produce that items that earn them the most money.

But, as individuals, we are lucky to have the ability to CHOOSE our food.

Even if everyone around us is choosing an unhealthy lifestyle, we can make a difference in our own lives by making healthier food choices everyday. Healthy food is very accessible where ever you go, you just need to make the conscious decision to choose a healthier lifestyle.

Take some time to consider how your life could change for the better if you were following a healthier eating plan and then take a few steps at a time to implement healthier eating habits into your family’s everyday routine.

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What if… everyone drastically cut back on the amount of fast food that they ate? Would McDonalds, Wendys, Burger King, etc start serving healthier plant-based, whole foods menu options (that are REALLY healthy, and not pretending to be healthy)?

What if… everyone focused their grocery shopping on the produce and whole grains section of the grocery store? Would the stores limit the amount of processed, boxed foods in the aisles and start supplying more whole foods?

What if… everyone started focusing on healthy eating to solve their health problems, and started limiting the amounts of unnecessary medications consumed? Would medical companies start focusing their products on natural treatments to cure the root of the problem instead of just masking the symptoms?

What if… everyone decided that they wanted to break their sugar addictions and eat fresh fruit instead? Would the candy companies go out of business, and the farming companies start producing more to meet the higher demands?

What if… everyone replaced 45 minutes of their tv-watching time with a physical activity? Would the obesity rates drop, which in turn would lower overall healthcare costs (so maybe we wouldn’t see a huge increase in insurance premiums each year)?

What if… everyone ate enough healthy foods everyday instead of trying to salve their conscience by taking multi-vitamin pills everyday? Would the supplement companies go out of business?

What if… all of the school lunches were focused around healthy, whole foods instead of processed, high-fat foods? Would children start enjoying their vegetables more instead of complaining that they want to eat junk food?

What if… the vending machines served whole grain snacks, dehydrated fruit, and other healthy snacks instead of the sugar and sodium filled junk food? Would employees be more productive because they were avoiding the afternoon sluggish feeling that comes from sugar consumption?

What if… more money was invested in teaching people about REAL nutrition (not big-business based nutrition) instead of spending so much money on advertising junk food? Would the natural food industry grow because people made wiser food purchases?

What if… we served healthy foods at parties and events instead of just focusing on the junk food all the time? Would it be easier to eat healthy all the time because we had the support of our friends and family?

What if…

Obviously these scenarios are not real-world solutions in a society that is so focused on unhealthy eating. But, as individuals, we are lucky to have the ability to CHOOSE our food.

Take some time to consider how your life could change for the better if you were following a healthier eating plan and then take a few steps at a time to implement healthier eating habits into your family’s everyday routine.

Do you know anyone who could benefit by learning more about healthy eating? Please take a moment to share this blog post with this via Facebook, Twitter or email. Thank you! J

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