What is the motivation to eat foods identified as super foods?
Article by James Albrecht
The motivations for including super foods in your diet are manifestations of the realization you need to eat food for the health of your body not for convenience nor from the habits you have developed over a lifetime. The first step needs to be a desire to understand how the food you normally eat affects your health. A health crisis is often the motivation to examine the dietary choices you make every day.
The media has stories everyday regarding the obesity epidemic in this country. Development of diabetes, heart disease and cancer will shock most people into rethinking what they are eating everyday. Obviously the diets of many people in this country are not based on sound nutrition, are not balanced, are not nutrient rich, are chosen to promote health. The most advertised food choices are based on convenience; taste and promoting highly processed factory foods full of fat and sugar.
The endless television ads promoting fast food, ready to eat meals, salty snacks, processed foods, high sugar cereals, processed meat products, high carbohydrate foods and sugar based beverages influence millions of people to eat an unhealthy diet. Ads promote foods based on convenience. Beautiful enhanced images of delicious appearing low nutrient high calorie food sell people on a high calorie low nutrient diet.
I am often amazed at what I see in people’s carts at the supermarket. Boxes of frozen pizzas, processed meats, prepared meals, sugar soda, salty snacks, and sugar cereals fill the cart. There are no fresh vegetables of any kind in the cart.
Unless people make decisions to educate themselves on the food value of the items in their cart they are on a collision course to obesity and bad health. Children who are fed this type of food and eat fast food weekly are on the road to becoming obesity statistics. As these children grow they continue to eat the same type of food and carry these dietary habits to adulthood.
If there is no motivation to make food choices based on the proper nutritional needs of the body a person will be unlikely to be interested in super foods.
One the main benefits of basing your diet on foods from the list of super foods is weight loss. Super foods are defined as foods high in nutrients and vitamins and low in calories. To lose weight you need to eat a balanced nutrient rich, low caloric diet. So choosing foods with the highest nutrient value per calorie is the fastest way to getting to the target weight.
Introducing super foods into your diet will allow you to replace the high calorie low nutrient foods gradually, making the process simple and easy to accomplish. Conventional wisdom says it takes 28 days of repeating an action for it to become a habit. To train your self to adopt new eating habits is going to take some time and determination. If you have been eating the same way for years or decades they are habits not easy to break. Making a gradual switch with realistic planning and setting attainable goals will more likely result in success.
A gradual cutting back of sugar is the important first step. Starting a food log and writing down what and how much you eat every meal will help you understand where important changes can be made in your diet.
Consulting with your doctor is a good step. This may be the reason why many peoples make the decision to take control of their diet and food choices. If you have been told you are diabetic or are developing type II diabetes, the doctor has hopefully talked to you about losing weight and watching what you eat.