Tuesday, February 26, 2013

You NEED to be cooking meals at home and NOT eating out!

This past week, I read the New York Times Magazine article about junk food and how addictive it is. Did you read it? If you haven't yet, click here and give it a look. Toward the beginning, the author Michael Moss states the following statistics: "One in three adults is considered clinically obese, along with one in five kids, and 24 million Americans are afflicted by type 2 diabetes, often caused by poor diet, with another 79 million people having pre-diabetes. Even gout, a painful form of arthritis once known as “the rich man’s disease” for its associations with gluttony, now afflicts eight million Americans." 

Reading those statistics really makes me stop and wonder: What is going on here??

The article got me thinking about how our diets have changed in the last century or so. Not so long ago, we used to trust our culture (mainly Mom) on what was healthy to eat, and in the last century we instead put our trust in marketing, scientists and the government. Why the shift? I don't really have an answer for that, but it's troubling to me. For centuries, cultures all over the world ate traditional diets that resulted in pretty healthy people, and as the above statistic shows, in America people have become extremely unhealthy! In 1900 only 2% of meals were eaten outside the home, today over 50% of meals aren't eaten at home!

I'm not saying we need to eat every meal at home. Sometimes it's nice to go out for a meal, whether it's for a social occasion, or to enjoy something that's too difficult to make at home. I love to go out for Thai food, for example. The point I want to make is that we should do our best to eat home-cooked meals made from real food as often as possible, and minimize the processed foods, especially snack foods like the ones mentioned in the article.

Why? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here are some reasons...

- Restaurant portions are enormous! Eat at home and you're much more likely to eat a healthy amount.

- Pre-made foods are frequently full of additives, including unhealthy fats, extra salt, and sugar. These additives (as well as other "natural" substances added by the food industry) can lead to addictions, leaving us craving more of the very foods that aren't good for us! Read the NY Times article to learn what some industry execs said on this subject, it's truly scary!

- Cooking at home ensures that you know all the ingredients that went in to your food, as well as what kind of surface it was prepared on, lessening your exposure to environmental toxins and pathogens.

- Cooking and eating together is a great social activity for families, couples and groups of friends - put away your electronic screens and get everyone involved!

- By eating home-cooked meals, you reduce your risk of getting diagnosed with diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity, and other medical issues that plague so many people around the world.

Are you ready to use your kitchen how it was intended? Are you ready to learn new ways of preparing and cooking real food? I'm here to help you be the healthiest you've ever been. Contact me (LindsayTZwicker at gmail dot com) today if you have questions!

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