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Monday, December 26, 2011

Paying the price for convenience

We love convenience.  We want our food now.  We want our food cheap.  We want our food easy.  We want our fitness now, cheap and easy.  We want our health now, cheap and easy.  We don't want to work for anything.  We want it given to us, or to put as little effort as possible to get the results we want.

We want to buy a box, stick it in the microwave, wait 3 minutes and 45 seconds, then eat dinner. 

Convenient?  Yes.  Healthy?  NO!
We want to buy the latest ab machine to give us "that sculpted six pack".
Looks comfortable.
We would rather take a pill to "fix" our high blood pressure (or cholesterol, or whatever other condition we have) than eat vegetables and work out a little bit.
These are more powerful than any pill!
The problem with this way of thinking is... it doesn't work!  You are always going to pay the price for convenience.  You will either pay the price with your health or monetarily.

Those microwave dinners, even the so called "healthy" ones like THIS (click on the link and check out that ingredient list!), may be convenient but is the cost on your health worth the 5 minutes you are saving at dinner time?

Blood pressure medication side effects: Constipation, dehydration, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, frequent urination at night, headaches, increased sensitivity to cold, increased sensitivity to sunlight, potassium loss, bleeding gums, upset stomach...  Are these side effects worth it?  You could stop eating processed foods and start eating vegetables and fruit.  The side affects to eating more vegetables and fruit:  Hydration, more energy, sleeping through the night, better health...  (I am not telling you to stop taking your blood pressure medication!  There are plenty of people who need it.  I am simply saying lifestyle changes need to take place.  You can't simply take a pill and think you are fixed.)

Do your own grocery shopping.  Cook your own food.  Get off your butt and be active.  Yes, it is going to take you a couple extra minutes a day to prepare your own meals.  Yes, working out is hard.  Yes, you are going to have to put forth some effort.  But the benefits are worth it.  You will feel better, look better, have more energy, be more productive, save money...


It's great that the meal you linked to has something called "dry chicken flavor" in it. What does a dry chicken taste like, and why wouldn't you just put actual chicken in a meal that's supposed to taste like chicken?

Just the other day we were talking about factory created flavors. Dry chicken is a chemical man made! Gross.

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