Well hello there! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Well, gather round, ‘cuz I got me some thoughts.
Now that I’m back on the low carb, no gluten, and newly-implemented no dairy food plan, I’m starting to feel quite a bit better. My blood sugars are down, and my endocrinologist lowered my insulin intake by a third. At the start of the year I was taking 50 units 3x/day; no I’m down to 25 units 2x/day. That’s a 66% reduction!
Anyway, as the title suggests, I want to talk about advertising. Sure, I know there are a ton of fast food commercials, Instagram posts, modal window ads, etc. But I didn’t quite realize just how pervasive this advertising is until I started getting super intentional about my food intake. The camera shots, colors used, and even the physical appearance of the folks eating the food are all meticulously designed to entice us into eating the food not just once or twice, but continuously.
This morning the TV in the office elevator (yeah, we’re high rollers over here) was playing an Olive Garden commercial, complete with the most amazing footage of manicotti, lasagna, and bread sticks. It was 7:30am, and I’m strongly committed to treating my diabetes with low carb intake, and I’m pretty sure I drooled. At 7:30am.
The power of these images is incredible, and if I’m not on my guard, the potential euphoria of McDonald’s french fries and Jack in the Box tacos will swirl in my head all day, until I finally give in.
So what ads tempt you? Haha, just kidding! This is a no-tempting zone! However, I do want to hear about your tactics for avoiding the pull to buy ridiculously unhealthy food!