Some of the top reasons that people admit to not eating healthy according to a recent poll was:
57%: Healthy foods are more expensive
47%: Social settings present too many temptations
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18%: Healthy foods don’t satisfy my appetite
13%: I’m not sure which foods are healthy
(ShopSmartMag.org June 2012)
These all feel and sound like valid reasons to continue eating processed, high fat, high salt & sugar foods, but there are serious reasons to just say no!
-Obesity rates are on the rise in the United States with a quickly advancing group including teenagers and younger children.
-Eating processed foods that are filled with salt and sugar creates an environment that can lead to serious health issues such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.
-Healthy foods are perceived to be more expensive, but a bag of quinoa, for example, makes many meal options and portions. Buying a whole chicken; cutting it down into smaller pieces and freezing unneeded portions makes food more affordable. Look on-line for videos or pictures on how to cut the meat properly.
-Not having the time to cook is tricky, but the reality is that you can’t afford not to make the time. Make big batches of old fashioned oatmeal, pre-bag smoothie fruit, kale and spinach, fixing big-batches of stews makes meal creating easier and faster. Cook the food, cool, portion in Tupperware or zip lock bags, mark them and freeze for future use-If you’re not getting support from your family, friends or co-workers, appeal to them to ‘help you’ with your goal.
...and you’ll find the shrinking of your waist line, and increase in energy is addicting!
Also read: Quick Tips on How to Cook a Healthier Meal