With the New Year around the corner healthy eating is going to be on most of our New Year’s resolution lists. But how many of us will be successful at consistently eating healthy in 2013?
Eating healthy is challenging
Let’s face it, the process of getting healthy meals on our plates is not always easy. When we cook at home, we face two big issues:
1. Cooking is time-consuming
In order to cook at home we have to plan, buy groceries from one or more grocery stores, prep, and cook. This process takes time.
2. Cooking healthy is a complicated equation
USDA’s Food Plate recommends that we eat within a certain caloric range and ensure that our diet includes a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, proteins, grains and dairy. These recommendations by themselves can be very complicated to put into practice. However when you add other factors such as personal preferences (tastes, likes, dislikes), diets (Atkins, vegetarian, vegan) and other considerations (price, brand, local/organic, etc.), you end up with a highly complicated problem.
Unhealthy eating can cause serious problems
Families – especially with children – are constantly strapped for time. We simply don’t have a lot of time to plan and cook healthy meals. And even if we do, we end up getting overwhelmed with managing the complexity of eating healthy. As a result of this we don’t always make the best food decisions.
In the US, although we have been highly successful at eradicating infectious diseases, we are now facing very high rates of diet and inactivity-related chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. 2 in 3 adults and 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese. Furthermore, even people of normal weight are vulnerable to the risks of these diseases if they are not eating nutritionally rich diets.
The Bright Side
The good news is that the risk of these diseases can be significantly reduced by eating a healthy diet and with moderate physical activity. In this blog I will provide advice, tips and resources for making healthy eating simple and efficient. Among others topics, I’ll cover the following:
- Meal Planning: Where to find good resources for meal planning. Tips to make meal planning easier. How to put together nutritionally rich meal plans.
- Buying Groceries: How to optimize grocery shopping. Where to find healthy groceries. How to minimize food waste.
- Cooking Healthy: How to simplify healthy cooking. How to cook healthy meals on a budget.
- Eating Out: How to find healthy restaurants. Helpful websites and apps that find good places to eat.
- Feeding the little ones: How to plan healthy kids meals. How to manage picky eaters.
- Saving Time: What websites offer tools, etc., to help save time in the kitchen and when eating out.
- Saving Money: How to optimize our dollar and limit or eliminate waste. What are some good deals out there?
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Happy reading. Thank you.