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It's time to change our eating habits!
No matter what age we are, eating healthy has been ingrained into our brains. But our life style inhibits us from eating healthy. It's more convenient to go to a drive through to pickup a quick hamburger or go to a family fast food restaurant designated parking s[ace for pickup meals. Let's face it, This is the way it is. Whether its right or wrong, it is what it is. Even when we try to eat healthy by going shopping with the right intent to purchase fresh vegetables or fruits, we're bombarded with delicious pastries as we enter the supermarket or hit in the face with specials on soda, and potato chips. The will power we started with just dropped 30%.
Logic goes out the door when we look at a bag of precut salads, washed and bagged versus buying Romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red cabbage. Although the prepackaged salads ,ight be higher in price and the right thing to do is make your own salad and save a couple of bucks, laziness and justification to buy the packaged salad is easier and better.
The problem is we are so use to convenience buying and paying more it carries over to when we get older. Our thoughts are "hey its on sale" but is it nutritious, healthy or does it just taste good.
As the baby boomers retire, money is a commodity and besides healthcare, food is one of the most important budgeting factors to consider.
First of all, our eating habits need to change. All of us can lose a little weight, eating less is important, learning how to cook healthy can be gradual. Moderate our intake of carbohydrates, soda, sugar, dairy products, moderate intake of fiber foods, fruits and veggies, watch salt intake. Now this may sound overwhelming but its really not. Notice I stress moderation. You can't go cold turkey, no way no how.
I can tell you that the prepackaged foods you pay for include advertising, design of box, additives and preservatives used to make thing last and taste better.
Consider European food, which includes nuts, fruits, small portion of carbs (fresh bread), olives, vegetables.
Asian food, not American Asian food. Fresh veggies,, soups, herbs and spices and rice and rice noodles in moderation and all escapes GMO. Drink lots of Asian tea with real tea leaves, not the bottled stuff, and the most wonderful thing of all its so much cheaper than American food.
Its ok to buy all fresh food, so every night your eating fresh veggies and fruits. Another fact eating Asian and European is all family style, Family style provides a variety of various foods to choose from. It's so much cheaper.
During the Chinese New Year celebration 19 of my closest friends went out for Dim Sum. I ordered a slew of various dim sum dishes and some regular dishes. The overall contribution for every one was $ 20 bucks each. Everyone was stuffed.
So, what can you do. I'll make the suggestions, take the time to learn to cook and you'll appreciate all your effort in preparation. I'll introduce this concept on the weekend, so you can vacuum seal the meal for the week. Guaranteed, you'll see the difference in your wallet.
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com