Jeanette Marcelle Chef, of Marlene Enterprises!
Why eating healthy is important
I do not have time to eat healthy, I am too busy working and taking care of everything and everyone else!” “I have a reason for being unhealthy after all I had three children and besides I will get slim for some special occasion.” This is what most individuals say, when you asked them why you think you are overweight, or why do you think you have diabetes or why do you have hypertension. Individuals view eating healthy as expensive and boring.
According to one individual I work very hard “why cannot I reward myself with some fried chicken and chips and ice cream”? Nothing is wrong with rewarding yourself with some ‘junk’ once in a while. However, drinking water, eating more vegetables, fruits and using less sugar and saturated fat would be more rewarding the fried chicken and chips with ice cream.
“I am a hardworking mother of five and I do not have time to cook. I buy food, occasionally fast food, nearly every day and when I do cook I choose pre-cooked microwave meals. It’s really hard to balance everything in the home while I am working long hours in order to gain a ‘good salary.’ This assumption gives the mind-set that food or the pursuit of ‘happiness’ is killing us slowly.
Some simple changes to improve eating habits
- Make the right changes. Cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, is very important. Replacing dangerous Tran’s fats with healthy fats such as switching fried chicken for oven fried or pan fried chicken and eventually grilled chicken will make a positive difference to your health.
- Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your diet in terms of colour, variety, and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opting for more fresh ingredients.
- Read the labels. It’s important to be aware of what’s in your food as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar or unhealthy fats in packaged food, even food claiming to be healthy.
- Focus on how you feel after eating.This will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The more healthy food you eat, the better you will feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy.
- Drink plenty of water.Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated, causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.
Chef Jeanette Marcelle
When you think of food what comes to mind? Do you picture a table laid out with delicious holiday foods, or tempting desserts that you just cannot resist. Or do you see food as something that only has to be eaten in order to get on with everything you need to do? Is food a pleasure to be enjoyed or a daily repetitive task to be undertaken?
How we view food, eat food, impact our entire attitude towards food, whether we are approach it with nurture and care, or thoughtlessly and neglectful. We rush around day after day eating our meals as liquid drinks, energy drinks, on the run, in concentrate form, as pills or consider “coffee” as a meal. When was the last time you ate with passion – paying attention to your meal?
– The flavours
– The textures
– The smell
– The temperature
– How it made you feel
– How it makes your body feel
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