Sugar Will Kills Us All!!!!!!!
There was a time a long time when natural food tasted real good. Being a baby boomer, steak was natural steak and chicken was natural chicken. I recall that a package of breast consisted of about 8 pieces of breast. Prepackaged foods and T.V dinners were king. Ok, those foods had to to taste good but it was suppose to be a temporary fix for dinner. Ok they made have loaded those dinners with added sugar to make it taste good but remember it was a temporary fix.
Technology and research was focused on how things could taste better being applied to mediocre quality of meats. Mediocre meats have no taste. Ok fructose was introduced and after awhile fructose was in practically every prepackaged foods. It's in everything that we buy to eat. So, as our lifestyle becomes more erratic, when can we actually make a home cooked meal? It's only human nature that after a tough day, we're tired, lazy and ordering take out has become easier and easier. Just pickup our smartphone and dial for take out and they'll deliver to your door in a matter of minutes. We're chilling on the couch tuning into a lounge lizard or couch potato.
The intake of so much carbohydrates gives us all a feeling of being full and maybe a little sleepy. But as well lie down, those carbohydrates slowly convert to sugar and adds weight and increase our blood sugar.
Look around you, stopping for a quick burger? fries, milk shake, apply pie, fried foods, chicken sandwich, pizza etc etc etc...….. Everything has added sugar in it and our lack of activity makes it even worse with the technology of the smartphone and laptop with all those games, our kids are learning it ok to just play video games. What happen to going outside, playing ball, swimming, ice skating, soccer, lacrosse.
One day I decided to swith from McDonald's breakfast. It was a chilly Fall morning and just wanted to warm my tummy with a hot breakfast sandwich. I decided for a Dunkin Donut sandwich. The tick bread with egg and bacon was delicious but what was noticeable was the sweetness of the bread. Sugar!
So, what can we do. Well I've tried to workout at least 3 times a week. I belong to the YMCA, not only do I try to tone my muscles, I do sweat a bit on the equipment and finish it off by taking a swim in the pool. I have a treadmill at home too. But, it takes discipline. So, for those nice days, I try to take a walk outside. watch my intake of carbs and prepare the final meal dinner keeping in mind all that is used to make a good meal. Fresh, veggies and natural meat. The vacuum sealed meats, although convenient, most are mamrinaded and the vacuum seal just helps the marinading process which is made with a good amount of sugar.
So whats the trade off, convenience which leads to greater sugar intake or make an effort to cook with fresh ingredients and spend the time in the kitchen after a tough day at work and know what your putting into your food resulting in a healthy meal?
Today, the meats are of the cheapest quality which translate into no flavor, so to compensate for flavor, sugar is addicted. We all love sugar, we're addicted to sugar. We're so used to sweetness, we don't realize how much we've fallen in love with our sweet tooth.
Here's a test, cook a healthy meal for about 1 month limiting your intake of sugar. Then go out to eat after that, you'll be amazed of how sweet the food is.
MIlennials, you've had an impact with food manufacturers, and they are listening. I've seen changes, all natural ingredients, less fructose products more organic foods available.
Obesity is at epic levels so something is happening and its not good. Type 2 Diabetes is showing up with the kids, its not ok that they are playing video games, it is ok that we join them in activities like swimming, taking walks and just talking, killing 2 birds with 1 stone.
Spend some time cooking meals together, even bribing your kids you'll give them 5 bucks if they learn with you to cook a meal.
We spend time for our kids but we need to spend time for ourselves. Yes, our kids drive us crazy and yes, we hate to see leftovers so we eat it up and yes they get on our nerves driving them here and there. but just take a moment, take 3 deep breaths and say, everything will be all right.
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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We Want More Food Variety Stupid!
Let's think this out. Big business is so wrapped around the numbers that they fail to see changes are happening all around them. Does big business know what going on around them? I think not. Ok, They recognize the Millennial generation from what standpoint? Ok, they can't afford to buy a home, they rather live for today and they order carryout all the time. Is that all they know? If so, they are really stupid!
Let's look at how the family style restaurant and fast food chains came to power. Ok, before we became parents, our parents during the 60's gave birth to all of us or most of us. That's when the fast food franchises sprouted. They sprouted and sprouted all types of fast food, from fried chicken to hamburgers to shakes and fries. But if you remember, we enjoyed these foods on the weekend. Never did we have this during the week. It was a special treat to go to McDonalds on the weekend or on Long Island Wetson's. We drove up to these places and walked to the counter to place our order and we got our order in minutes. Drive in? Where? For the time it was great, a quick bite that was delicious and filling. Then our parents didn't want to rush their food and wanted to relax while we at a good family meal. It was great, going out for family meal whether it be steak, seafood or even a great breakfast. As the baby generation grew up, that was all we knew. Chinese food was delicious and different, then Japanese food but the standard foods like meat loaf, subs, chicken here chicken everywhere and we just kept on tolerating it. We, the baby boom generation was the focus of marketing strategy. Eventually these chains became franchisee, so the parent company can make money. It was more a money machine for the huge conglomerate. The idea of improvising new food ideas never materialized. It was a money machine, what can they do to maximize profits. Hmmm, buy cheap products, no flavor, add flavor enhancers and tenderizers and lots of chemical additives and preservatives to guarantee shelf life. As long as thee was guaranteed revenue, why change? but as the baby boom generation faded out, these same institutions saw revenues dramatically reduced. The solution, close stores. What popped up? hmmm, Ethnic foods from the mother country. Their meals are authentic, tasty food that fun to make yourself in front of you. Customer participation? good idea? different, what an experience!. These places closed on Friday and Saturday night at 11 PM and it was packed with Millennials. The Millennial children then tell their baby boomer parents and they want to try it too!. What gives? As a matter of fact these new places don't offer fried foods for the most part or lots and lots of cheese smothered on food. and if the place required you to wait up to an hour, what does that say? It must be good!!!!! I look across the street and I see Applebee's on Saturday night closed at 9:30 PM>
What's the stigma associated with family style restaurant chains? Microwaved food with lots of cheese cheese and more cheese. After awhile these food chains foods taste the same. All your tasting are the flavoring agents.
So, family style food chains should be phased out and be more innovative by using their existing locations and redefine themselves.. Lease their premises to Caribbean, Hispanic or Asian, authentic fresh, no microwave, natural and fresh! Think of ways to allow the customers to participate in cooking their foods or offer a Tapas style restaurant to reduce waste and increase variety.
The Food Network's show Diners Drive In's by Guy Fieri, shows business that cooks from scratch and the demand is overwhelming. Foodies know great food, you can no longer fool us!
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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