Eat your heart out

In Anecdotes on December 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm


So lately I’ve been realizing that college age boys (and older), really don’t seem to care about the food they put into their bodies.  Some of them are aware of what’s healthy but the majority of them have no idea.  Not all women are conscious of this either, especially depending on how they were raised, but they usually know more than guys. Take for instance this scenario. In class I mentioned how boys don’t know how to eat real food, and one of my classmates responded with: “What, I do. Today I had 3 chilly cheese dogs, and a salad.” Looking at him incredulously I just responded back that chilly cheese dogs are not real food.  Real = not fake ie: not processed.  That plastic cheese they use, the hot dog made of left over animal parts and sodium nitrate, the bread made of bleached wheat flour, and that meat sauce with food coloring and MSG is NOT real food, sorry hun.   Luckily for me I grew up in an extremely health conscious home – but don’t worry I’m not the tofu burger eating, soymilk ice cream kind of girl, I just know that excessive amounts of sugar and salt, hydrogenated oil, food coloring, saturated fat, among many other things, are bad for your body, and I’ve known this since elementary school (the health fad came out when I was in high school)

Ever gone grocery shopping with a guy? Especially the ones who don’t eat vegetables.  Ridiculous I tell you.  First off, you shop in completely different aisles and then I have to lecture that person on what they’re getting, just so they know what’s up.  Oh dear, is that my feminine nurturing side coming out?

But what it makes me think about is why females are more consciousness about what they put into their bodies when health is equally important for both genders at all stages of life.  And it comes back to image and nurturing.  In order to have the best body one can it’s important to put the best food into it (as well as exercise), not to mention that some guys find it unattractive when girls eat the same stuff that they eat.  To feel manly or whatever they like when they can make fun of a girl eating salad or something (though a lot of salads aren’t necessarily healthy, you can eat meat and carbs and still be healthy, and splurging once in a while is no big deal)


Then during pregnancy a woman has to eat healthy (balanced meals: lean protein, vegetables and fruit, whole grains…) so that her baby forms correctly – when life is growing inside of you, you want to give it the best chance possible (for the most part at least, though there are exceptions with some women)

And then the woman is often considered the person in the family who feeds everyone else, so she wants to be a good example to her children and take care of her family.  Not everyone has the time to cook from scratch (and some women don’t know how to cook) but I think it’s everyone’s responsibility to learn about the consequences that come about with what you eat, just as we are responsible for other actions we take in our life.  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36836653/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/

Food pyramid


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