At any given time, almost 50 percent of Americans are on a diet. Over two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. We know the data – as a nation, we are alarmed when we watch the news. We are a nation of watchers – sedentary, we overeat as we watch television and continue our preoccupation with calories. Even McDonald’s has gotten into the nations’ obsession, and are now posting calories. As we continue to hope for weight loss, we grab at all kinds of promises, even those proven to be untrue when it comes to food.
Yesterday at a business meeting I heard a few women discussing just how great it was to have gone on a raw vegan smoothie “cleanse”. It wasn’t just the quick weight loss, mind you, but “I just love the way it makes me feel!” They held up the remains of their green drinks, which looked a bit grungy, and toasted each other for their brilliance. Later in the same meeting I observed them eating from the snack bowl a few highly processed, sugar laden “snack” bars marketed as “90 calorie or less” Smart Choices.