Why I Eat Junk Food Every Day

I’m not proud of it, but I want to change

Photo by Miguel Andrade on Unsplash

If you’re among the 85 million Americans who eat fast food every day, you’ll know that unhealthy eating is a way of life.

Think about it, what did you eat over the past 24 hours?

You probably woke up late for work, realized that you couldn’t make a healthy breakfast, and therefore decided to grab an Egg McMuffin on the way to work.

Perhaps you got a promotion at your job, and decided to grab a donut during your lunch break because “you deserve it.”

Or maybe you’re exhausted after working tirelessly throughout the day, and can’t be bothered to cook, so you grab a Cheeseburger & Diet Coke for dinner on the way home.

Fast food is now cheaper and more convenient than ever. With the ability to have unlimited amounts of food delivered directly to our front door, it’s no surprise that obesity affects over 93 million Americans across the country.

Which is why now is a perfect time to be honest about my eating habits. Maybe you can relate to my experience, or perhaps not. However, creating a conversation around the reasons behind consuming junk food is much more productive than merely criticizing the people who eat it.

So why do I eat junk food every day?

To be honest, I’m genuinely surprised I’m so skinny considering the fact I have extremely unhealthy food daily. But below are a few reasons why eating junk food has remained part of my daily routine for the past few years:

  • Convenience. There are many occasions when I don’t feel like cooking a fancy meal filled with healthy greens. So while on my way home, it’s often tempting to head into McDonald’s, and spend a couple of dollars on a meal merely to avoid the chore of cooking after a long day.
  • Habit. When I’m traveling abroad, I’m often extremely out of my comfort zone when in countries that I don’t speak the language. So instead of trying to understand a complicated restaurant menu, a better solution is to head to a fast-food chain and order from the self-service machines in English. Don’t judge me; you’ve probably done it as well!
  • Cost. Although I would love to eat great food every day, it’s often hard to afford the healthiest meals on the planet while working as an entrepreneur. So like many other young people working for themselves, Pasta or Ramen noodles are a standard meal.

Will Durant famously said, “we are what we repeatedly do.” But over the years, I’ve come to realize that it also applies to our eating habits.

Are you with me? It’s not too late to turn your life around by starting to eat healthier food.

I’m definitely not perfect, nor proud of my current eating habits. However, I’ve recently made a conscious decision to start eating healthier food more frequently.

We’re on this journey together, my friend. Are you with me?

I write for people who want to live a happier life in the modern world. Let’s chat: Mattlillywhitemedium@gmail.com

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