Ok so that’s a little bit drastic but the reality is those sugary, caffeine loaded drinks that are coveted by so many are probably some of the worst “food” products on the market.
I was on the treadmill at the gym today getting some miles logged in and a news segment popped up about a pending lawsuit against a major energy drink manufacturer because of the death of a young girl that consumed a number of these drinks in the same day. I just find that baffling…on more than 1 level! It shocks me #1 that she’d drink some many back to back like that (who does that?) What kind of mindset do we as a country have where we believe that something like that is ok or normal? Are we that far gone that simple logic and basic common sense is cast aside and then we turn around and use a lawsuit to lay the blame on others for our careless actions? Seriously???
But just as shocking is that these drinks have the potential to do so much damage to our bodies yet they are promoted at every turn to every man, woman and child on the face of the Earth. Most of them even sponsor major events and sporting competitions. (And don’t get me started on that…..I could give you an earful about McNasty’s sponsoring the Olympics!!)
So looking at this scenario with this young girl (and getting back on track), who’s to blame and how do we prevent this from happening again? In my opinion it all starts at home. We need to start holding ourselves accountable for our own health and fitness and stop letting corporations dictate what gets put on our kitchen tables. That’s how this country ended up with an obesity epidemic…lack of us taking responsibility and being accountable for ourselves and our children. They will only supply what we buy. That tells you who really has the power! The almighty dollar speaks louder than any human voice could. If you take you hard earned money and spend it on things that are good for you and good to our taste buds then we’d never hear about cases like this one. How many times have you heard someone dying from OD’ing on fruit juice or water? Yeah I didn’t think so.
It’s past time for us to stop going for convenience over common sense, quantity over quality and fast food over REAL food. We’ve become so accustomed to this fast-paced, instant-everything life that we’ve forgotten how to truly live and ultimately it’s killing us..literally. It’s time to get back to real, quality, nutrient-rich food. More fruits and veggies, less artificial sugar-loaded fillers that we call food. The future of our country ..heck the world, depends on it! So my call to action for you is to challenge yourself. Challenge yourself to eat healthier starting at you next meal. Commit to eating at least one truly healthy meal per day and if you already are doing that then double it up and eat two or more. You owe it to yourself, your body, and your kids. Let’s not have to read another tragic story like the one of this young girl. Food shouldn’t kill and if it does then is it really food?? Think about that for a minute….then do something about it. Make a change!