I hate junk! I love junk! I junk all the time! I need to stop junking!
Much has this word been maligned. But is there a definition? Do we offer it some perspective? No, it’s a blind rationale to categorize all that’s tempting into a red zone, which anyway most of us crossover to.
It’s not my intent to glorify “junk”, healthy eating is one of the most sensible and most important handles of an enviable lifestyle! But let’s not over moderate ourselves and get excessively critical about our food habits to such an extent that extreme restrictions give way to a breakdown of our resolve in the horizon and render un-sustainability to our eating patterns.
Too much of a good thing is an excess and is good to discard, a 3000 calorie diet of only healthy meals is junk, if what you need is only 2500. The positive calorie consumption leads to deposition of the excess as fat. Now let’s turn the plate right around. Round the week, round the clock if you have watched your food paying special attention to a healthy balance, a large piece of chocolate cake to celebrate your Sunday is as justified as legal inheritance!! Let’s not label all desirous food as junk at all times.
Sams Friend Simon: Sugars, Fats and Salt in excess can damage and desensitize our taste buds. And that’s what we need to pay keen attention to as we choose our foods through the day. Packets of chips, cookies, fried nuggets, puff pastries, aerated drinks, each of these will have one or more of these 3 villains to tempt our otherwise sensible senses! Once this is eliminated, half the battle is won. The less addictive, nourishing salads and good fats will test well. This rule is the time tested, most known path to adopt. Difficult, yet easy to recognize, sprinkled with a large measure of fortitude can put us well on the way.
The Greyscale: Once there was a mouse and then there was some cheese. The mouse ate 1/2 a cube of cheese and scuttled away. And then there was laid a trap to get the mouse. Cheese speckled with oregano, gourmet and more. But the mouse had had it’s fill. Greed did not get the better of him. And he stayed safe from the cheese and the trap. And this is the greyscale we need to gain mastery over. The line of balance where we give in into hunger or the mere want for food. Always remember, the cheese that made the trap is greed, we have to skill ourselves enough to practice “Stop” when we aren’t hungry anymore. Anything over and above, be it fruit/millet, oats or whole wheat, nuts or seeds is junk. In excess, not needed.
The Reward: We are all humans. Just as we deserve what is good for us, so do we deserve what we want, what our heart desires. Be it a pie with the creamiest cream or deep fried tantalizing stories on our palate. So work hard through the week, practice a lifestyle that allows you to sleep, drink water and select the right quantity and quality of food. Watch yourselves breathe and exercise right without injuries. Master the art of sifting out the choices you made at the grocers to put together whole foods and good fats into a bowl that deserves your attention and your hunger. And then when you reward yourself at the end of the week a sugar loaded pastry, a scrumptious pani puri or sinful layers of waffles and cream, challenge anyone who calls it junk!
Because “Junk” is a perspective. Not a fact sealed on the dotted line.