Tuesday March 10
Avoid using styrofoam packaging, when buying a take-away use recycled paper or a reusable container
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body”. 1 Cor 6:19
Apart from being really bad for your body, junk food produces a vast amount of rubbish. Studies indicate that the biggest source of rubbish is junk food. Up to thirty percent of that rubbish could be eliminated by re-usable alternatives. Have a look at the amount of rubbish produced by that Big Mac and Coke .
The dictionary meaning of the word ‘junk’ is useless, extra or something that is not needed. And all these fast food items that have invaded every nook and corner of our country are called junk because they are not needed.
Junk food businesses are dominating the food industry with each huge food chain generating multibillion dollar revenue. Here are some of the effects of junk food apart from producing vast piles of junk:
It can cause type 2 diabetes: One of major contributing factors for the emerging diabetes epidemic is unhealthy diet full of junk and fast food. When you eat a healthy diet, your body gets a steady supply of glucose, which helps maintain insulin sensitivity. On the other hand, when you eat only junk food, the excessive stress exerted on your metabolism affects the ability of your body to use insulin properly. Since junk food lacks fibre content, its consumption directly results in a spike in sugar levels. Further, junk food consumption leads to obesity, one of the main reasons for insulin resistance and development of diabetes.
It causes fatigue and weakness: Junk food lacks most of essential nutrients like proteins and vitamins required for maintenance of overall health and functioning of all the systems in your body. Although it makes you feel full and satisfied, it fails to provide you with instant energy, making you feel weak and tired after a while. Junk food can lower your energy levels to an extent that it may become difficult for you to even perform your daily tasks.
Causes depression among teenagers: A lot of hormonal changes occur in teenagers, which makes them susceptible to mood swings and behavioural changes. And a healthy diet plays an important role in maintaining that hormonal balance.
It reduces family time together at the table:. Fast food does not provide family members opportunity to sit and eat at one place. Every one can buy and eat walking in the way, driving a vehicle and during their work in the office. The satisfaction which a combine meal provide is lacking in junk food.
So this Lent, why not be good to your body and the planet and fast from Junk food for forty days.