I read a very interesting article in Dr. Mercola’s newsletter today about the lies we tell ourselves. When asked whether their diet was healthy or not, over 1,200 adults – 90% of those polled – considered theirs healthy to some degree.
Almost half of those polled admitted they drank at least one soda a day. Soda isn’t “healthy” by any stretch of the imagination. There is not one benefit to drinking it so it would be interesting to hear their rationale for why that is part of their healthy diet. What nutrients does it contain? To me that’s like believing if you eat a cupcake standing up the calories don’t count or French fries and the lettuce and tomato on a Big Mac fulfill your vegetable quota for the day!
Also incredible to me were the “reasons” for not including vegetables, which are truly healthy foods, in their daily diet. Excuses ranged from thinking they really did eat enough daily to saying they are difficult to store, take too long to prepare, blaming a family member who doesn’t like them or they’re too expensive. A small percentage finally got honest and admitted they just don’t like them.
By the way, I can tell you why they don’t like them. Their taste buds are so overloaded with artificial, chemical flavorings and sweeteners that they can no longer taste properly.
About a third of the people polled also said they were at a healthy weight when they actually were overweight or obese. An honest look in the mirror (or at the scale) should put that fairytale to rest but evidently it didn’t. There is no one healthy weight for everyone – but we each know what that is for us –IF we are being honest with ourselves, which this poll obviously revealed as being the core problem.
What really fascinated me about this article was the degree to which we will go to deceive ourselves! I think this all hinges on what you consider “healthy.” Unless you have an accurate definition of what is truly healthy, you won’t make the right choices and you will continue in those deceptions. We have to be willing to tell ourselves the truth – even when it’s hard and even when we don’t like it. Otherwise we just end up hurting ourselves.
The bottom line is this: you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge and unless you are honest, you will just be fooling yourself.