Food is everywhere. Every street has a restaurant, every event has a concession stand, and every commercial is dripping with cheese. Billboards, newspapers, and the Internet are constantly trying to sell you food. And you want to buy it. But is what’s out there really something you need? Does it do your body any good? Is it making you healthy and strong? And what about the kids? How are they handling being inundated with constant food opportunities? Are they growing up healthy, lean, and fit? If they live in America, there’s a good chance they aren’t.
Poor nutrition is a growing problem in the United States. It’s not that we don’t have enough to eat. It’s that we have too much of the wrong stuff to eat. You probably already know you should lay off the fast food and pick up an apple instead of that doughnut. But have you ever wondered what healthier foods could really do for you?
Did you know that eating the right carbohydrates can give you ongoing energy? Did you know that bright fruits and vegetables can help protect you against cancer? Did you know that eating right at an early age can protect kids from food allergies? Have you noticed that you feel thirsty after drinking soda, tired after eating cake, and hungry after eating bread? The Everything
Food is fuel. It can be delicious fuel, but it can also be the wrong fuel. Like putting diesel fuel in a gasoline engine, people often choose the wrong food. Without the proper fuel and regular intervals throughout the day, you sputter and stall and will likely need a tuneup, or worse, a complete overhaul. Getting the right fuel is not mysterious, difficult, expensive, or time-consuming. The Everything
One of the biggest contributors to our poor national diet is our lifestyle. Our hectic families move in multiple directions simultaneously. We rush through or completely skip meals. Exhausted and starving at the end of the day, we are too tired to cook, and so we hit the drive-through on the way home for a bucket, or we meet the kids at the local pizza joint.
We dine out more than the generations that preceded us; so much so that the restaurant business is booming. Sadly, this means that we have forgotten how to cook. What’s worse, we aren’t teaching our kids to cook. The next generation is coming of age believing that food comes from waiters and cooking is something only TV chefs do.
If we could just get back into the kitchen, cooking our own meals, we could change so much. Not only can it make us healthier, but it will make us happier, too. Spending time in the kitchen doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be a warm family time that everyone looks forward to. It can be a time of culinary creativity and experimentation. The Everything