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I had a conversation recently with a relative who admits he has a weight problem.He listed his favorite foods (all processed and fast food) and said it’s a quality of life issue.  He associated eating a healthy diet with deprivation and said he would rather trade several years of his life for his favorite foods.

Like many people who eat a Standard American Diet (SAD), he has not made a connection between fresh, real food and great tasting food.  There’s no such thing as deprivation on a healthy diet.  A poor diet is deprivation.  It deprives your cellular structure of nutrients.  It deprives your body of what it needs for vitality, energy and longevity.

When you change your diet for the better, your taste buds change and adapt.  You start enjoying real food and lose your taste for junk.  Junk food makes me sick now.  To me, deprivation is being forced to eat empty calories devoid of nutrition.

People don’t think of their final years when making food choices but maybe they should.  They don’t have a picture of themselves bedridden or in a wheelchair due to amputations or in a dialysis clinic hooked up to the machine that is keeping them alive.

People don’t think of the time they won’t spend with their grandchildren or enjoying nature or pursuing hobbies.  They think of the Twinkie or the pizza or the cupcake and the momentary flash of enjoyment they get. For many, the sugar rush trumps all.  Like an addict’s response to drugs, they are in an endless cycle of cravings followed by momentary satisfaction followed all-to-quickly by more cravings.

Many people want instant gratification and damn the long-term consequences.  Living with heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases lowers your quality of life.  When you get a taste for real food, you get both instant gratification and long-term health.  What could be better than that?  Now that’s quality of life.

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