So recently I’ve watched the movie, Fed Up. I was completely blown away; never has a movie been so eye opening and made me really think twice about the foods that I consume every day. I actually spent hours after sorting through my cupboards looking at the labels of granola bars, mini candy bars and cereals to inspect the sugar content. I guarantee that “Fed Up” will also change your view of what is, and what isn’t, healthy food and why our nation has such a weight problem. I know that weight is a very sensitive topic for most people, doesn’t matter if you’re 100 lbs. or 250 lbs.. Being overweight is a struggle for many people. We need to help educate and guide people, children, and families on the importance of making healthier choices and eliminating processed foods from our diets. I think this movie does a great job exposing food manufactures that are brainwashing and falsely advertising foods that we are so used to eating on a daily basis.
Why does sugar cause us to gain weight you ask? Because when more sugar than we need flows into our digestive system, our liver can’t metabolize it as energy, so what’s our poor liver left to do but convert the sugar into fat. Too much sugar over-stresses the liver. Sugar then does its damage, organ by organ, including to your pancreas, your heart, your digestive system, your immune system and your brain. We have blamed the majority of Americans becoming overweight on over indulging on Happy Meals, pizza and laziness but in reality what we need to be paying extra attention to is our sugar intake. One soda a day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60%; a 20 ounce bottle of soda obtains the equivalent of approximately 17 teaspoons of sugar. This is horrifying. If we’re snacking on foods that contain zero nutritional value and are quenching are thirst with a ridiculous amount of sugar; your body is not going to be satisfied. Instead you’re just lowering your energy level and will feel starving all the time. The United States has estimated that 93 million Americans are affected by obesity. If we don’t change our eating habits now and spread the word on foods nutritional value, in two decades over 90% of all Americans will be overweight or obese.
Hearing these statistics is very alarming and I wasn’t one to preach about healthy eating. I could easily sit down, watch a chick flick and empty a box of Oreos in 10 minutes flat. Now though, I have actually been trying really hard to be aware of what I put into my body. We are only given one and are supposed to treat it like a temple, right?! Since watching, I’ve actually been very proud of myself and have tried to cut sugar completely out of my diet. Eating healthier food makes me feel so much more energized and fulfilled. Again I am human and sometimes my root vegetables and turkey burgers just aren’t going to cut it and that’s okay! That’s where my girl Shelly, fellow Bostonite, comes in to save the day. Maybe two times a month we treat ourselves out to a local diner and devour the most amazing waffles, and no I do not feel guilty! You should enjoy eating and it never should become something that you dread or feels like a task. We all have days when we make smoothies and eat kale for dinner but sometimes we just need that a big bowl of mac & cheese, followed by a hot fudge sundae to just take the edge off.
This movie is absolutely amazing, please check it out! You’ll be doing yourself, friends and family so much justice by hopefully changing just a few simple eating habits. You’ll be happy you did! Join the Fed Up Challenge and see if you can be sugar free for 10 days! You can check out fun facts or watch the movie at: http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home