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Pleasure or Pain?

Hey it’s George! I’ll bet many of you know the difference between right and wrong, but how many of you REALLY know the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods. As many of you may know, developing type 2 diabetes is unfortunately becoming more common for teens these days.  Why is this? My take is that teens don’t know the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods, or they simply just don’t care. The reason I say this is because of the food choices we often make as teens. We often think we can eat whatever we want because we are young. We also think food is healthy just because we bought it from Subway or because it’s a salad from some other fast food place. Most teens even think they are making a healthy choice because they drink diet sodas instead of regular soda. Unfortunately, this is so not true. The reason I think most teens think this way is because there is so much out there to distract you from the truth. Get the facts - www.shiftdemand.org/your-choice-%E2%80%93-make-it-count

I have spent months reading up on the truth about the fast foods that are marketed in my community and I have already learned enough to quit it all. I don’t even bother to look at a McDonalds anymore, especially now that I know their burgers aren’t even real food. You can keep a McDonald’s burger in a jar for about three weeks before it begins to mold. I find it hard to believe that real food can stay mold free when it’s not properly stored. Does that sound like real food to you? You can also keep their french fries for months and they will barely mold. Sadly, it’s just not McDonald’s food but most fast food in general. How many chemicals do they put in their food for it to stay in this preserved state for so long? AND what are those same chemicals going to do to me in the long run? Personally, I’ll eat a plastic cup before I eat all the chemicals that fast food restaurants have in their food.

You may think eating healthy is boring but I think it can be fun and it’s doable. It might be easier to get fast food and perhaps you may think it tastes good. However, I rather pass on getting sick or developing some chronic disease like diabetes just because I ate something that temporarily tastes appealing.

What do you think?

George, SHIFT Crew Leader

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