Good Morning fellow readers! I hope everyone has been having a great week so far. Surprisingly my week hasn’t been too chaotic and I’m mostly recovered from my little weekend getaway. Today I wanted to talk about something that drives me insane…Vending Machines! We have vending machines everywhere at work and some days it is like the devil looking me straight in the eye and saying one little snack won’t kill you.

For those of us who have ever experienced emotional eating woe’s you know how challenging a vending machine can be on a bad day. I stare at our’s at work almost daily when I make my coffee and sit and wonder if a cookie or chip would even taste enjoyable. Then you add in all the work stresses and home stresses and you start to think just one  would make my day a little better. The truth is though that thirty seconds of feeling better would be followed by hours of guilt and a day of misery from what it would do to my body. Yet the vending machine remains and I go through this mental cycle over and over again and again.

Vend SnackI am Proud to admit that I have never broke down and actually used the vending machine , but it is always a temptation. There are so many things packed into it that I used to love to snack on, but now I can’t and in all honesty I don’t want to either. Our vending machine it work is actually saddening as one of the slots is alka-seltzer. It’s like here eat a twinky and wash it down with some fizzy acid relief.  They even started adding in some “good” for you protein snacks, unfortunately they are still processed and loaded with sugar. Then the soda machine is just as evil all on its own, but they make it seem better by adding in an extra row of waters and giving you plenty of options for sugar free with poison sweeteners added.

I’m sure we have all noticed that shopping centers do the same thing. The entire checkout area is polluted with soda’s, candy bars, cookies, chips and cakes. So much junk food staring you in the face as you check out. After you stare at it while you wait you only want it more. It’s like temptation and sensory overload! It doesn’t phase me as much now, but when I first started Keto it was torture. So much un-healthy food in one location you don’t even have to try to find it anymore. I remember a time when junk food was in one aisle of the store not canvassed everywhere. It says a lot about us and our eating habits and it is so sad to me now that I see what those foods did to me. It also makes me wonder how many people when checking out that are diabetic get tempted and take the risk of harming themselves by just grabbing one of those snacks.

I would love to be able to have a healthy option for a vending machine. I would be willing to pay the extra for the ability to have a snack I could actually eat, or even a can of sparkling water to drink. Instead I make sure I pack such things from home and if I forget I live with the notion of knowing it’s going to be a long day. It would be so nice to have something at the checkout that I could grab when in a hurry. Instead I have to plan around everything and make sure I can get to foods I know will sustain me and not poison me. I have to spend extra time reading labels so I know what I am putting in my body won’t harm me. I use to think beef jerky was a good go to at the register, but the vast majority are loaded with so much sugar. So I hope that as the word gets out about the benefits of Keto and other similar diets that we start seeing positive changes in the near future, and begin to see healthier whole food options readily available. Until next time Keep Ketoing On!

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