During a recent trip, I gasped when at 8:30 in the morning I saw the breakfast this cute kid was eating! Over 700 calories and most from sodium, saturated fat, and sugar, the unpleasent plane ride with this poor kid who was gonna have a melt down in about an hour seemed like nothing compared to a lifetime of bad eating habits, learning disabilities and chronic health issues the poor little guy is on the road to developing! He was zoning out, LEARNING how to eat crap!
With over 70 million adults, 30% of our population is suffering from fatty liver and fatty liver disease! Isn't that crazy? We have laws that ban making Foie Gras from animals because we feel it is in-humane to force feed animals high volumes of fatty foods, But we don't limit human consumption of fat and sugar??
The best visual example I could find of this expanded view of humanity was while in a
international airport, You
can throw a deep fried twinkie and hit someone who is a prime example of human foie grax.
This has really made me think about health care reform, This is effecting all of us, If you don't believe me drive down to your airport or hospital ER and tell me what you see.
This is a pandemic situation that isn't just the governments mess to clean up.
A third of our population is suffering from chronic illnesses that our health systems get jammed full of, Hospital Emergency Rooms are filled with heart attacks, strokes, diabetic insulin drops, bronchitis, asthma. In metro cities around the country you can see dialysis centers popping up as fast as the fast food joints that are putting people there.
All of the health conditions I listed are preventable or controllable through proper diet and exercise. STOP the madness!!! Each of us needs to be responsible for our own health, and if your a head of the household the health of our families.
5 things you
can do right now
Start with easy steps, shop at the farmers market for your fruits and veggies and buy grains in bulk section, shop for organic locally food when ever possible- you will save $$
1) Eat out less frequently- Most restaurants cook w/ butter,
cream, lots of salt and sauces with enormous portions, remember 1993’s 9” plate
size? Learn more about healthy food selections- THEN venture out
2) When you do eat out, ask about the
size of the dish, it’s ok to split a full sized entrée or appetizers with friends! You don't need to eat 2nds!
3) The U.S. is one of the few countries that has “Sweet” breakfasts, don’t buy boxed cereal packed full of sugar, preservatives
and fillers, check out the bin section, try cooking whole oats, polenta, or
a hurry cooking tip: Heat up the
rice or other grains that you had for dinner last night with a (+ )poached or fried egg or egg substitute on top-
Egg poaching: put your egg in a coffee cup that has a little water in the
bottom of it add a pinch of salt
and pepper then microwave it for :45-1:00 to desired done-ness to quick poach
You now have a 560 calorie breakfast with all "good fuel" 28g protein, 78g carbs 12g fiber and only 432 mg sodium!
4) Remember these portion sizes!
1 cup * 1 Tablespoon * 1 fist * 1 deck of cards
recommend 1 cup as their portion
size. So, if you are making pasta or grains, use a measuring cup to insure you have the right portion in
1 Fist: Fruits- Vegetables
vegetables with your fist size. An average serving of fruits and vegetables
corresponds to the size of a closed fist.
1 Deck of Cards: Meat
Imagine a deck of cards when serving your meat
dish. The correct portion for most meat is roughly the size of a deck of cards
or the palm of your hand.
1 Tbsp / (a poker chip) Spreads / Oils
Measuring spoons can also be a useful tool to figure out portion sizes.
Peanut butter or cooking oils are
often measured in 1 tbsp serving sizes and can be correctly measured out with
the spoons before you serve them.
Top Sources for *Unhealthy Calories: Desserts, Bread, Soda's and energy drinks, Alcohol, Fried foods.*calories that do not provide nutritional benefit due to sugar and fat content.
Do you feel like you have a good understanding of what foods provide you the best energy value? or do you feel like you need more information to make better informed decisions about what you or your family eat?