Student Article by Sarah Powers
Convenience…the word that describes the lifestyle of the current Western World.
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Convenience…the word that describes the lifestyle of the current Western World. It’s the mindset that if something is not quick and easy, it doesn’t belong. We live in an ever increasing pace and with that, lifestyles have changed.
The days where home-cooked meals were the majority are gone. Made-from-scratch meals have been replaced with quick, fried, processed, fast food. Physical lifestyles have been replaced with desk jobs. “Let Food Be Thy Medicine” ideology has been replaced with “magic pill syndrome.”
At what point does the “convenience” of the “convenience lifestyle” become a burden? Where does the line get crossed and at what price?
I’d like to explore the evidence that prevention not convenience needs to become the word that describes this generation. As diabetes, cancers, and autoimmune diseases sky-rocket, we have to look at the factors that have changed in the recent years.
Why the influx? What area’s of our environment have changed? What areas of lifestyle has changed? What do we have the ability to control? What factors are beyond our control?
I’ve already alluded to our lifestyle. Our diets have definitely changed. Look at the fast food options that have ballooned in the last 100 years. The first fast food chain was opened in 1919 and today, in the US alone, we have over 300,0001. The sugar consumption has increased at a similar pace. In 1822, the annual sugar consumption was approximately 6.3 lb/person/year. At the peak of sugar consumption in 1999, it increased to 107.7 lb/person/year!2
Ok, so where am I going with this…our lifestyle and our health cycles have changed. There appears to be a correlation between the increase of the “convenient” lifestyle to an increase of overall health problems. Beyond our dietary changes, the speed at which we do life has dramatically increased.
Spread thin due to increased work loads/hours, participating in every opportunity (football, baseball, soccer, tae-kwon-do, dance, softball, volleyball, swimming, piano, arts, bible study, PTO, PTA, this and that and everything in between) has “forced” this lifestyle. Stress and anxiety have exponentially have increased 3… why?
Over the next few articles, let’s take a look at how we break these cycles. How do we take back control of our lifestyles? How can we become empowered to best direct my life? What options do I have?
Join me on a journey to clean living and finding freedom.
Sarah has been in the wellness industry for the past decade. Her involvement in a “Prevention Based” wellness company spurred her passion for helping people identify and take control of risk factors in their life. She continues to pursue education and further study to more accurately identify risks, mitigate risk, and focus on a preventative lifestyle.
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