The truth is, I don't have to write this article to educate you on the importance of food and lifestyle as it relates to health. Everybody knows, including children, that an apple is better for your health than an apple pie. Yet, despite that knowledge, most people still choose the apple pie over the apple. In fact, to be perfectly honest, I have a soft spot in my heart for good old fashioned apple pie. However, the only time I actually get to eat apple pie is if I find the Dutch Apple pie on the clearance rack at Walmart. And this only happens about once every 3-4 months. So in the absence of having Dutch Apple pie, I eat Granny Smith apples regularly, often dipped in Almond Butter.
So why is it that I can walk into a grocery store, walk right past all of the apple pies, and directly to the Granny Smith apple section, whereas someone else just HAS TO stop and purchase the apple pie?
The answer is pretty simple. It's called ADDICTION. Food manufacturers know that if they include artificial ingredients, sugars, or other mind altering chemicals into their products, you as the consumer will get addicted to their food. This is all to evident in today's world. Look at what happened when Coke changed their formula to introduce New Coke. Consumers went crazy. They hated it. It turned out to be the biggest disaster Coke has ever experienced. In fact, today if a company tries to launch a new product with no success, it is referred to as the "New Coke" of its industry.
So what does this all mean for you and your health? Simple, if you are concerned about your well being and your future as it relates to your health, then you MUST begin to think differently about your grocery choices and the food that you bring into your house. Making small changes today can and will have a big impact on how you feel and how your body functions when you are older.
If you are stuck, and just not sure where to begin, then feel free to join me, Dr. Patrick Ess at Stanly Wellness Center on Monday nights from 6:30PM to learn about healthy shopping, healthy recipes, you can try healthy foods, and share with others your experiences on your health journey. It is my weekly Nutrition Support Group. All you need to do is call 980-355-7600 to register. Registration is free and the classes are open to the public. Also, for some great and healthy recipes, visit my website at www.AskDrPatrick.com