Junk Food Landscape

images7GE7Z3V1“Junk food is everywhere. It is in the cereal aisle in the supermarket and sometimes in what we listen to on the radio or watch on television. Some of our daily interactions, routine regrets, or work that has become pointless and boring can also qualify as junk food. Whatever or whoever introduces toxicity into our bodies or our lives can fall into the category of ” junk food.”

On examination, some of the content in our closets, bookshelves and computers might be obvious examples of junk food we can best do without.  A friendship, a family member or a co-worker that routinely leaves us feeling guilty or worn out hardly nourishes us. Just like junk food in our diets can pose harmful consequences for our health when we eat it regularly and in large quantities, a stressful relationship, an uninformed belief or self-deprecating behavior can upset our system and cause all kinds of unhealthy cravings.

Fear, impatience and intolerance, towards ourselves or others, are prime examples of junk food. Harsh judgments bloat our egos and weigh us down. Feeding ourselves with nutritional and personal integrity keeps  our lives original and satisfying.  Junk food in all its forms can sabotage our health. We can recognize junk food by the way it makes us feel before, during or after we take it in.

What might qualify as “junk food” for you? 






  1. I love the way you broaden the concept of “junk food” to include other aspects of life – the magazines I haven’t read, the clothes I haven’t worn in years still in my closet, the books I keep knowing I won’t read them again, the scraps of material I might need for a project one day. Over the past few years I’ve been phasing out toxic relationships with former colleagues and I know how liberating that feels. But why does getting rid of all that “junk food” feel like loss? While it feels good to streamline, it also feels like I’m letting go of something or someone I might need some day, and that’s scary. You have made me realize how letting go of all that junk in my life relates to letting go of those extra pounds, and the ambivalent feelings associated with letting go of what I don’t need. Thanks for your insightful articles, they really make me think!

  2. Thank you for your thoughtful response. Attachment is part of being human! We forget that the reason for “letting go” of what we don’t need is not loss – It’s making room for more joy.

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