Hold on, now. I'm not saying you should live on nothing but McDonald's; Morgan Spurlock in his movie Super Size Me proved just how dangerous that is. These fast food facts from the Super Size Me website are enough to scare the crap out of anyone. So we agree it's just nutty to eat fast food more than just occasionally, right?
Knock on wood, I'm a pretty healthy gal who doesn't look all that bad for her age (53). Lucky me, I've been slender all my life and have been able to eat pretty much whatever I wanted. I gotta tell you, though, I've never wanted fruits and vegetables. With the exception of watermelon and blueberries, fruit just doesn't do it for me. Oh, I can force down an orange or cantaloupe as long as long as I dip it in chocolate syrup.
As far as vegetables go, I don't mind spinach and broccoli (smothered in butter, of course). A nutritionist I met at a blues festival a couple of years ago told me that because I have hypothyroidism, I shouldn't eat broccoli. I was like, Jesus H, that's one of the few healthy foods I actually enjoy and you're telling me that broccoli is bad for me? I give up.
I don't particularly care for beef, but I do eat a lot of chicken and fish. I freakin' love pasta, and thankfully, I'm not a snacker. I don't go for potato chips or cookies or candy. Ice cream, hell yeah, but I've substituted 60-calorie sorbet and it does the trick just fine. I gave up soda years ago--unsweetened iced tea is what I drink instead.
So I guess I don't have a horrible diet, and I do have exercise going for me, but as I've told you before, the only things I buy at Whole Foods are hair dye and Young's Chocolate Stout beer. Speaking of Whole Foods, have you ever seen a health food nut who inspired you to eat better? I've met people who were totally into vegan diets and raw foods and all that shit, and to tell you the truth, I never thought they looked any better than the rest of the general population.
I will say I've met people who look so radiant and amazingly young for their age that I begged them to spill the beans and share their secret. I don't recall anyone attributing their good looks to a healthy diet or a special vitamin concoction or even drinking a ton of water. But you know what? I think having a positive attitude is the best thing you can do for your looks and probably your health, too. I've got that going for me, too.
And thank God I never smoked. That, I am convinced, is the single worst thing you can do to yourself. On so many levels.
Anyway, I guess what I'm getting at is, are fruits and vegetables all they're cracked up to be? How healthy does one really have to eat to live a decent life? Have you ever felt better by changing your diet? What's your take on this?