Fast Food - How Often Do You Do It?  How Often Does Your Child?

I read a headline today on the NPR Health Blog that infuriated me. The headline read "About A Third Of U.S. Kids And Teens Ate Fast Food Today." Do you understand why that would make my blood boil? What are we doing wrong in this country? 

We all know that we should be eating a diet that is well rounded and made up primarily of whole foods. We also know that time can be precious commodity in this day and age, but we have to put the long term health of our family ahead of our schedules. Remember that we are the example that our children (and grandchildren) will emulate as they grow up. If we don't introduce them to fast food they are less likely to make the choice to eat fast food. 

Let's be honest, fast food is very convenient and inexpensive, but I was told a long time ago: 

Think about what you want for your family!
(I know that it says rules of business, but it applies to food too)

I have had this conversation countless times over the past several years, but in my mind I think that we need to find a way to simplify our diet. We need to make it easier to make the right choice when we are preparing our meals.

Here are a couple of my favorite tips to help to simplify your diet:

  1. Prepare an egg bake every week, so that you can wake up in the morning and have a healthy breakfast without having to think about it. 
  2. Buy a family pack of chicken breasts and grill them all. Then store them in the refrigerator to be used for lunches or dinners throughout the week.
  3. Prepare a large bowl of greens that can be used to make a salad at any time.
  4. Slice your vegetables ahead of time so that they are easy to prepare when needed (or they can just be a quick snack). 
Here is an EGG BAKE recipe (but I would suggest skipping the bread)

 Movement is my Medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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