Food Is Not Your Enemy


Killed by Convenience
July 1, 2011, 9:21 am
Filed under: Chronic Disease, Healthy Lifestyle, weight loss | Tags: , ,

Who cooks anymore?

Who has the time? And who wants to when it’s so easy to order Chinese or go to the local Italian place or peel the film back from a frozen meal and throw it in the microwave?

The problem with this mindset–which I used to share–is that it’s made too many of us overweight and/or unhealthy. Relying on fast food, takeout, frozen dinners, and even high-quality restaurant food means we’re taking in more calories, more fat, and more sodium. And the only way to really get around this problem is to get over our fear of the kitchen and stop thinking of home-cooking as demeaning “women’s work.”

I certainly used to think my time was better spent on anything but cooking (see my article about this on Examiner.com). Until I started to cook and realized not just how rewarding it was, but that my stomach problems and low-level depression disappeared.

You will eat healthier food–and certainly less butter and salt–if you cook at home. You will eat less–ever notice how hard it is to stop eating all that delicious food in a restaurant, even if you’re overstuffed? Studies bear out the fact that we eat more when more food is put in front of us, regardless of our hunger level. And way too much food is always put in front of us in restaurants, way more than we would serve ourselves at home.

So while it’s certainly convenient to NOT cook, think about whether this convenience is really worth it–do you want high blood pressure from the tremendous amount of salt used in restaurant and frozen meals? Would you like to cart around an extra 15 pounds? Would you like to have uncontrollable cravings for sugar, salt, and fat? Because foods not cooked at home are often loaded with all three, and all three are addictive: the more you eat them, the more you want them.

You DO have time to cook. Maybe not every day, but every little bit helps. I’ve shown many, many of my clients the value of cooking their own food and how to go about fitting it into their very busy lives–if you need guidance, you can always contact me to set up a free one-hour consultation.

Happy eating (at home)!

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