Does Peeling an Orange Exhaust You?

by Jimmie

To retrain ourselves to eat healthy foods, we need to find joy in the process of food preparation instead of turning to the instant gratification of junk food.

I watched a vlog once in which a woman was eating chips because "peeling an orange is just too much work."

That off hand comment which had nothing to do with her topic really stuck with me. I wondered, "Is peeling an orange an exhausing task? Is the pay-off of a delicious and nutritious piece of fruit not worth the few minutes it takes to peel or to cut up an orange?"

After those initial thoughts, I started to analyze my own behavior.

Sure enough, food laziness crept into my thinking at times. When I wanted a snack, I sometimes had a desire to just open a package rather than go to the "trouble" to prepare a healthy, real-food option that was available in my kitchen.

Healthy Snacks Versus Junk Foods

Peeling an Orange -- Too Much Work?
Peeling an Orange -- Too Much Work?

The Allure of Junk Food

It's More Than Flavor

Junk food offers immediate gratification to our hunger. Consider the appeal of packaged snacks:

  • We literally open a bag, box, or carton and begin to eat.
  • We can take that package to the couch or desk and contine what we were doing, even driving, while we eat. There is minimal disruption to our routine.
  • Our hands do not get dirty.
  • We have no dishes to wash.

Compare that to a snack of fresh fruit which we have to wash, dry, and possibly cut up. When we are done, we may have a colander to rinse out, a knife and cutting board to wash, and a bowl to put into the dishwasher.

When you read that description of preparing fresh fruit to wash, it doesn't really seem like a lot of labor, does it? I mean, considering the health benefits of eating fresh fruit over eating a bag of chips, the small investment in preparing fruit is well worth it.

Our laziness when it comes to food is astounding.

Potato Chips -- Standard Junk Food
Potato Chips -- Standard Junk Food

The Solution to Food Laziness

How can we cure ourselves of this food laziness?

Educate ourselves about the negative affects of junk food.

Yeah, we all know it's bad for us.  But if you truly study the science behind a diet filled with sugars and refined carbohydrates, you will come to view junk food as poison, not as food at all. If junk food is poison, you will make every effort to avoid that poison.

Take delight in the process of food preparation.

Instead of rushing to the immediate gratification, slow down. Go back a few steps. Learn to appreciate the selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. Shop in a store that is peaceful; meditate on the wealth of food options you have. We truly are blessed with abundance. 

Plan your meals, looking forward to eating new dishes, and fueling your body with healthy choices.

Invest in quality kitchen tools so that cooking is not laborious. 

Then make time for cooking. Rushing to get dinner on the table in twenty minutes makes for a stressful experience. Savor the washing, chopping, sauteeing and simmering. Stop and use your senses to appreciate the cooking process.

When the meal is ready to eat, say a prayer of thanks for the meal and your able hands to prepare it. Eat with delight, knowing that you are eating whole foods that will nourish your body.

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Updated: 02/27/2012, Jimmie
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ohcaroline on 09/02/2011

Jimmie...I so appreciate your food pep talks. I need these kind of articles to keep me towing the food line.

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