Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The other day I was reading reviews of some diets such as Eat to Live, The Pritkin Diet - both these diets emphasize eating food that are close to how they grow, i.e. unprocessed. I read some of the negative comments and noticed two criticism that kept showing up: that it would be too hard for many people to follow the program and that most people will not have time to prepare the meals at home.
Unfortunately, they are correct; it is hard to eat mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains and limited amounts of animal products every day. I have been trying to follow this way of eating for about 9 months now. Limiting the animal products is not very difficult for me; I watched the "Meet Your Meat" and found it easy not to purchase supermarket meat.
Perhaps most of the difficulty lies in the fact that many of us choose to go to fast food places for most of our meals. Even at sit down restaurants it is difficult to get a healthy meal that limits the animal product and offers lots of choices for vegetables without butter or sauce. So, if most meals are eaten at restaurants, then yes, following a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables and whole grains would be very difficult to adhere to because those items are just not available as a choice.
Whenever I go out to eat, I find that if I want to eat healthy I often have to order a salad. However, even then I have make sure I question how they make their salad. One time I ordered a side salad and it consisted of more cheese and croutons than it did lettuce. Yes, I can see how they can say the Eat to Live and Pritkin Lifestyle would be too difficult for many to follow.
As for the argument that to follow such a diet would be too hard because people do not have time to prepare their meals at home, I wonder if they ever calculated the time it takes to get ready to go to a restaurant, drive there, wait to be seated, decide what to order, wait for someone else to prepare the food and deliver it to the table, then to drive back home. For me, just getting to the restarant would take more time than cooking it at home.
I have found that it is really about one's perspective. Do I find it too difficult to make sure I eat enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains? What is more convenient, to eat at a restaurant that has limited choices of healthy food or use the time it would take to get there and back and prepare my meal at home?