We have all heard the statistics about America’s out-of-control weight problem, and how lack of exercise and unhealthy eating habits are now affecting children under 10 years-old. Blame for this disturbing trend has been aimed at fast food, internet and gaming addiction, and flat-out laziness. The fact is that America’s weight problem can be attributed to a combination of values and lifestyle factors. The Center for Disease control reports that 35% of American adults and 16% of American children are obese. While more kids and adults are playing marathon video games, and fast food portions have tripled over the last 40 years, the cause of the problem is far more complex than that. For instance, WHY is fast food so popular? WHY do people choose computer games rather than traditional games? When attem
Holiday time, special occasions, birthdays, whatever the event, finding gifts for your loved ones is always a challenge. Each year you may feel like to have to do something different, or top the gifts from years prior. This year, if you really want to make an impression, consider gifting seafood.
- What should you gift? Stone crab claws are harvested during stone crab season, which is October 15 to May 15. Notice anything about that date range? It is perfect for the holiday season. The crabs come from the east coast of the United states, and are harvested from the coast all the way along Connecticut down to the Bahamas. They are considered to be a delicacy by many seafood lovers, so they are a great choice if thi
Do you find yourself regularly resorting to fast food for your lunches during busy work days? Are you dissatisfied with your overall energy and fitness level as a result? You may want to consider skipping eating lunch out and instead take low fat packed lunches to work. Here are a few steps that make help you on the road to making a change toward healthy meals. Avoid Processed Foods Anything that comes in a prepackaged container when you buy it is more likely to be higher in fat and calories. On top of that, these kinds of foods tend to feature less natural ingredients. As far as ingredients to avoid, anything that contains hydrogenated oil, enriched flour, and simple sugars is going to be a less desirable option than something healthier. Healthy Snacks for Lunch Are a Must<
According to Statistics Brain, 50 million Americans eat from a fast food restaurant each and every day. Who can blame them? When you are rushing to work or you have only a very short window for lunch, who has the time to stop and eat a well-balanced, custom cooked meal? Well, honestly, the answer is everyone of us. The simple fact of the matter is that 35.7% of American adults are obese, according to the CDC. Diabetes.org points out that 8.3% of Americans, millions of whom are children, have diabetes, and that only includes those who have received a diagnosis. Each and every one of us has a decision to make; do we keep on eating junk food, or do we make the choice to cook low fat recipes for lunch that can start us on our way to health? Here are four great low fat recipes for lun
Douglas Adams once pointed out in his science fiction novel, “The Restaurant on the Universe,” that civilizations pass through three phases: survival, inquiry, and sophistication or how, why, and where. He says, “The first phase is characterized by the question ‘How can we eat?’ the second by the question ‘Why do we eat?’ and the third by the question ‘Where shall we have lunch?’” For sophisticated life forms, that final question plagues us with some regularity. Choosing a restaurant is a problem that we are confronted with on a fairly frequent basis. Nice dining restaurants are everywhere, yet it always seems tricky to determine exactly which would satisfy our enigmatic cravings. For many, the process of choosing between nice dining restaurants comes down to one major factor, characterized by another
Healthy eating is not just a good habit, but a way of life. It requires a concerted effort, developed over time. Though it may seem like a daunting proposition, there are four common sense steps you can follow to make the process easier to maintain over a long period of time. Though often overlooked, these practices you can help prime your body for proper nutrition and break the previous bad habits. 1. Stop eating fast food. In order to implement the habit of consuming healthy meals, it of course means replacing the unhealthy junk food. This means no fast food, period. If it is McDonalds, Burger King, or any similar establishment, cutting those visits out of your routine will naturally mean having to substitute other foods instead. Typically, these new meals will involve fresh foods with ingredients that
Choosing to eat healthy is a decision that is as smart as it sounds. While most people could benefit from eating healthy meals regularly, some may find it to be even more helpful. Recently, it was reported on Foxnews.com that eating healthy fats throughout the course of a pregnancy could greatly reduce the risk of the child developing autism. This contradicts some previous studies that said healthy eating meant reducing all intakes of fats. Those that do eat healthy can experience a wide range of pluses, especially if they approach it with the right balance. Increasing maternal intake of omega 6 fatty acids could reduce the risk of an unborn child developing autism. Taking in too little linoleic acid and omega 3 fatty acids could also contribute. Any parent that wants to ensure a healthier and more fulfilling
Here is a health food tip not a lot of gurus talk about these days… Healthy eating costs more money at the store. There it is. I said it. If you go to the grocery store to buy healthy food, your grocery receipt will be higher than if you bought non healthy food. And if you go to a health food store, your bill will almost certainly be higher than if you went to a regular grocery store, no matter what you buy. Healthy meals are simply more expensive than processed meals. Even if your primary source of groceries is your local farmers market, and all your meals are home cooked, you are expending time preparing that meal that you would not have spent if it had come out of a bag or a box, and all time is worth something. “But,” you say, “the time I spend preparing that meal is important time I get to spend with my family. So it is worth it to me to do it.” Exactly. There is more value to healthy eating than simply monetary. You cannot put a price tag on better tasting food, or the satisfying sensation of having made a successful meal from scratch. And you certainly cannot put a price tag on quality family time, or teaching your children to eat healthy. And in fact, you CAN put a price tag on the health benefits of eating better. Processed grains, high fructose corn syrup, additives, preservatives, MSG and partially hydrogenated anything are leading causes of obesity, diabetes, cancers, lethargy and a host of other ailments. Feeling sluggish and logy after a meal can affect your exercise habits, your sleeping habits and your eating habits for the rest of the day. With every trip to the grocery store, you get decide where to spend your health dollars. You can either spend a lot of money later on when unhealthy eating habits take their toll on your body and mind, or you can spend just a little bit more now, buying healthy food that tastes better anyway, infusing your day with more energy, and sharing those delicious energizing meals with the people you love.