Time to start eating healthy!!!

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

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About Jeanette Marcelle

Jeanette R. M Marcelle, a multitalented young entrepreneur who holds a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Anglia Ruskin University, a BA (Hons) in Human Resources Management also from Anglia Ruskin University. Also a graduated of the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute, Jeanette owns and operates her private catering company Marlene Enterprise Ltd which provides catering services for Weddings, Parties and other special occasions. Notably, she is the “angel chef” who caters hundreds of lunches on Christmas Day on behalf of a charitable organization, for persons who are in need in and around Port of Spain. Jeanette has 14 years’ of experience in the culinary industry and 7 years management experience. She also has experience in implementing HACCP procedures holding certification in Food Sanitation, Safety and Microbiology from the United States Public Health. She did her industry training as a cook-trainee at the Trinidad Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre, under the first female Executive chef to hold the reins at Hilton Trinidad. Also, a three tenure with Royal Caribbean International Luxury Cruise Line, as well as working around the Caribbean and among some of the top Chefs in Trinidad and Tobago. Jeanette was a finalist in the Angostura Masters Culinary Competition in 2008 and 2010, also, a finalist in the Nestle Maggie first ever (2014) Easter bake off competition in the dessert category. Third place winner in the innovative chocolate cuisine 2015. Her style of cooking is a fusion of French, Italian and Caribbean cuisine. Among her many and varied accomplishments Jeanette has managed two retail stores, three restaurants and has been the Human Resource Assistant at an organization where she was responsible for overseeing the human resource related matters for over eighty (80) staff members. Jeanette is currently the Human Resource Manager at one of the oldest Sports apparel company. Despite her busy schedule Jeanette always finds time for outdoor activities, she is an avid nature lover and enjoys hiking, swimming and camping. She loves traveling and has visited several countries in North America and Europe. In her quiet time Jeanette spends time reading and meditating. https://chefsroll.com/JeanetteRMarcelle
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