It doesn’t take scientific studies to prove that obesity has become a serious health problem in our society. Too many people are overfed yet undernourished, and sadly, this also includes children. Diet-related diseases that were once solely found in older populations, such as type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and even coronary artery disease, are now showing up in children. Children who are obese are more likely to be obese as adults and face an increased risk for many diseases, including cancer.
Taste and time—the two most important factors in consistently eating well. If it tastes good, we’ll eat it, and if it doesn’t, we may not. If it’s quick and easy to make, we’re much more likely to prepare it, but if it takes too long, we may not have the time. Here are some ideas for quick and healthy meals and snacks.
If you stock your kitchen well, eating healthfully can be as simple and easy as reaching for what’s at your fingertips. As we discussed in last week’s article, 4 Essential Tips for Cooking Healthy on a Budget, keeping plenty of healthy items in your pantry not only improves your diet—it can also go a long way in stretching your food budget. Keeping your kitchen well stocked also saves you lots of time, which is often in short supply in today’s busy world.
One of the foundations of a healthy lifestyle is eating a nourishing, balanced diet. Healing foods have so many virtues: They boost your energy and endurance, improve your appearance, help you reach and maintain your ideal weight, boost concentration, increase longevity, and prevent disease.
However, some people find that rising food costs are an issue in their efforts to eat more healthfully. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the benefits of a vibrant, healing diet without breaking the bank.
With so many new gluten-free products on the market, if you haven’t already cut gluten out of your diet, you may be considering it. Are gluten-free products healthier? Who can benefit from eliminating gluten from their diet? What’s wrong with gluten? We’ll take a look at these and other questions to help you make the best decision for yourself.
When shifting to a vegetarian diet, one of the biggest concerns for some people is protein. They may worry when concerned friends ask, “Where are you going to get your protein?” But rest assured, you can always answer, “From everything I eat.” After all, when nearly all plant foods contain some protein, it’s quite simple to go vegetarian with little to no protein planning at all.
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