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Who is in Charge?

Article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, February 28, 2012


We live in a society where we are bombarded with different choices about what to put in our bodies. The key here is, it is our choice.

Seems like everywhere I turn the past few months, someone is pointing a finger at someone else; at the schools, at fast food and at advertising for making them overweight and unhealthy. Whose fault is it really?

It is true that the fast food industry spends over 4 billion a year convincing us that their food is not only convenient and economical, but wholesome and nutritious too. I want to believe that there is real chicken in those nuggets. I would like to ignore that there is a day’s worth of sodium in that “fresh” burrito, but I know better. I drive right by.

As if targeting the adult senses is not enough, manufacturers spend approximately 17 billion a year appealing to kids. Yes, those tiny tots are the food company’s biggest allies. I too have suffered the mega meltdowns in the cereal aisle because my kids swear that the Frosted O’s are part of a nutritious breakfast…it said so on TV. Sorry guys, I know how to read a label.

And the schools. They are under fire. I live in a district where we have pretty nutritious offerings but even at that, their answer to falling below the nutritional guidelines for vitamins and minerals included increasing the pizza size. Yes, needs improvement. Until that happens, my kids buy one day a week and brown bag it the rest. A pain in the rear for this working mom, but until the nutritional improvements are made, that is the way it is in this house.

I am in charge of what I put in my body. Not fast food, not advertisers, only me. I encourage you all to do the following:

  • Get familiar with the nutritional information for your favorite take out places. Information for chain restaurants can be found online. You will be surprised what you thought was healthy is quite the opposite.

  • Read labels on the things you buy in the store. Become knowledgeable on daily allowances regarding sodium, fat and sugar. Some prepackage foods contain over a day’s worth of each in one serving.

  • Say “no” to your kids when you know he food they are asking for is not in their best interest. In the long run you are more influential than the advertisers.

So take charge of your health. You will be happier and healthier for it.




Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549
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