Rants, Rules & Recipes

An Effort to End Nutritional Ignorance

RANT: Will Power

I can make myself get up t0 go to work.

I brush my teeth daily (so I don’t get cavities or a jacked up grill) and wash my face twice a day (so I don’t get acne)

I can make myself exercise, even when I don’t want to.

So why is it so hard to NOT eat something that’s bad for me?

will power

I overheard a nurse at work say “I just don’t have that kind of will power”

I have felt the exact same way when it comes to food. But now that I know WHY I can’t stop eating, I feel a little more in control.

If you’re like me, the more sugar I eat, the more I want.  But if you eat things sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or Aspartame, you are likely to eat WAY more of it than you should. Both aspartame (think Diet Coke) and HFCS have actually been linked to causing obesity and decreasing your body’s own appetite suppression (You know that signal that says “stop! you’re full”) And they are in EVERYTHING! (yogurt, bread, flavored coffee, everything!)

It’s hard to find foods on the grocery store shelves that don’t have some kind of sugar, corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, cane syrup, rice syrup, etc in them.  We are a sugar and salt addicted society.  It’s not your Will Power that’s to blame.  It’s the addictive nature of the foods around us.  So BREAK THE HABIT! Allow yourself to enjoy filling flavorful foods, but avoid foods with these addictive gut busting ingredients!  You’ll feel more empowered!


[photo from stack.com]

4 comments on “RANT: Will Power

  1. foodrefashionista
    May 5, 2013

    Interesting post. In the pix, the choice is a donut or raw veggies. I don’t think the choice has to be that stark. If you bake at home, you can make enjoyable sweet stuff (and salty stuff for that matter) that is also good for you…think sweet potato or kabocha squash fries. 🙂

    • rantsrulesandrecipes
      May 6, 2013

      So True! Eating sweet vegetables is a great way to curb sugar cravings. This Rant I actually wrote for some of the medical assistants at work, and anyone who struggles with cravings to encourage them to consider ingredients and avoid chemicalized foods! But you’re right, REAL food and home cooking are great staples to a healthy diet!

  2. Va Vanstory
    May 5, 2013

    In Chapel Hill the other day I bought fat free yogurt at Trader Joe’s. When I tasted it, used to almost sour Greek yogurt, I said,” Wow, this stuff is sweet”. Then I saw how many grams of cane sugar are in it. Yuk! And I thought I was careful.

    • rantsrulesandrecipes
      May 6, 2013

      So glad to hear you are checking labels! It’s scary sometimes how much salt, how many preservatives, and especially how much sugar is added to out foods!

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