Do you agree with me?

McDonalds, Burger King, and Taco Bell have all announced that they are adding more of their delicious, high-quality food options to their “Dollar Menus.” Apparently, they believe they are “doing us a favor” in response to the recession.

What is ironic is that everyone seems to be complaining about the high cost of healthcare…much of it preventable through diet and exercise.

Without talking the politics of healthcare or the issue of mandating that restaurants publish calorie counts, my opinion is that it all boils down to personal responsibility. You are personally responsible for what you put in your body…and if you have children, you’re also responsible for what goes in their little bodies and teaching them healthy eating habits…but that’s for discussion another time.
I often hear the excuse that it is too expensive to eat healthy foods. I’ll be frank – if you’re not eating healthy, whole foods (at least most of the time)…you’re going to pay for it in the long-run. Type II diabetes can be prevented. Heart disease can be prevented. High cholesterol can be prevented. High blood pressure can be prevented. Spend your money on good food for your family NOW – so you don’t spend it on medications and medical bills later.

Instead of reaming out the fast food chains (when, in reality, they are simply making great business decisions), I’m going to give you a few tips on alternatives to fast food.

A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
  •  Why are you buying your kids pre-packaged, processed snacks when you don’t eat them yourself (or think you shouldn’t)? HAIL TO THE ALL-MIGHTY SANDWICH BAGGY YOU CAN FILL YOURSELF WITH HEALTHY SNACKS!
  • If you must get food on-the-run (and didn’t pre-pack a lunch), there are great alternatives: go into a grocery store and grab a quick salad from the salad bar or a sandwich on fresh-baked whole grain bread and fillings that don’t have all the preservatives. It will take the same amount of time you’ll sit in the drive-thru.
  • If money is a concern, think about it this way: when you eat processed foods (i.e. fast food, frozen meals, or “100-calorie packs”) your body isn’t getting the nutrition that it really needs…so what happens is that you’re going to crave more food to make up for it. SO…you’ll end up eating more (and that money adds up!). Spend a little more on fresh food, be satisfied, and you’ll save a ton in the long-run on food, healthcare, and it might even help you lose a few of those stubborn pounds.

If you don’t know where your food is coming from…how do you know what it will do inside of your body?

Your body is a temple. Respect it by feeding it only the best foods, you will be rewarded, I promise!

Your trainer,

Lindsay

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