March 6 – Say NO to junk food

“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food”  ~ Isaiah 55:2

Have a junk-food free Lent

Junk food is any food that is highly processed, high in calories and low in nutrients. Junk food is also usually high in added sugars, salt and saturated or trans fats. Some research points to junk foods as being as addictive as alcohol and drugs.. Junk food is found just about everywhere. It is sold at supermarkets, workplaces, schools and vending machines. It is easily available which makes it convenient and in essence makes it difficult to limit or avoid. However junk food poses more health risks and more negative impacts as compared to the “delicious benefits” they have.

Junk food has harmful after effects- Eating a poor quality diet high in junk food is linked to a higher risk of obesity, depression, digestive issues, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and early death.

Foods you can substitute junk food with:

  • Fruits: apples, bananas, oranges, and berries
  • Vegetables: leafy greens, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower
  • Whole grains and starches: oats, brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes
  • Seeds and nuts: almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds
  • Legumes: beans, peas, and lentils
  • Healthy protein sources: fish, shellfish, tofu, steak, and poultry
  • Dairy: Greek yogurt, cheese, and fermented dairy products like kefir
  • Healthy fats: olive oil, nut butters, avocados, and coconut
  • Healthy beverages: water, sparkling water, green tea, and herbal teas

Junk food also creates mountains of waste, plastic, Styrofoam and plastic coated cardboard.

Choose the healthier option for your body, your wallet and the planet. Say NO to junk. #ThrowOutThejunk

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