Economic shifts in the past few decades, including the move from the city to the suburbs, turned many families from reliance on one income to dependence on two incomes family, changing the way Americans ate. Because mom no longer was at home making dinner every night, the quality of what we have been putting into our mouths has suffered.
I could go on and on about fast food—and I will in a bit—but let’s just take a quick look at one of the enemies of quality food: prepared, processed foods. Once people no longer had the time to make dinner from scratch, we turned to prepared foods that, as advertised, were easy to fix and ready in minutes: macaroni and cheese, microwaved meals, even frozen “TV dinners”—all you had to do was pop them in the oven. Processed foods are advertised as “healthy,” but they aren’t. They’re full of salt and sugar to make them taste good, and they are also full of other food additives like dye to make them look good.
The quality of our food has long suffered at the expense of convenience. Sometimes poor-quality food is cheaper, sometimes not. But one thing is certain: the quality of the food we eat affects the quality of our health. Convenience is based on getting something quickly, and Americans tend to want what they want now. Whenever we are asked to choose between quality and convenience, in our twenty-first-century world, we lean toward convenience. But I want you to stop and consider—at what cost?
What really is more convenient in the end? Is it spending less time and maybe less money on food? But what if that food makes us fat and unhealthy so that we spend more time than we should at the doctor’s and far more money than we want on medication to handle the problems caused by poor-quality food?
That’s the choice we face and why I have created a simple three step plan to help your family get on the right path.
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Quantity. Quality is also being compromised by quantity – both the quantity of food and the quantity of food choices. Focus on portion control. Learn to use smaller plates and avoid going back for seconds. Learn more about choosing the right about of food to eat.
Timing. Eat only 4 times a day every 3-4 hours. In addition to the detailed meal plans, she provides wholesome recipes that are inspired by her Spanish/Mediterranean background. Learn more about the importance of scheduling means and snacks.