July 25, 2010

Time to Eat

If there is one commonality among problems with people’s eating habits I would have to say it really comes down to time – or a lack thereof. Any patient, friend, or relative I talk to shares this common issue. There’s no time to prepare food, so they grab something on the go. They get really hungry and didn’t plan ahead, so they make dietary allowances they ordinarily wouldn’t. They are in a hurry so they eat mindlessly and fast.

Please don’t think that I am excluding myself from this category of tribulations; this is one of my main challenges on a daily basis. How many times have you grabbed a bag of chips when you’re hungry and need an afternoon pick me up? Gone out to lunch instead of packing one? Accepted unhealthy food as a snack because you really need something and you didn’t bring any food of your own? I believe that the answer to those questions could be connected to America’s weight problem and the high consumption of processed, easy to grab foods.

What would it take for you to go grocery shopping and plan some weekly meals or pack your lunch for work or school? What would you feed yourself if you had “time”? Instead of not having time, and making your nutrition a second-hand thought it is time to bring the food we use to fuel our bodies to the forefront of our priority list. Consider the possibilities if you had….time.

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