In today’s society, everyone is on a tight schedule. There is no room for error in those schedules, let alone cooking meals for the family. As a result, we have become a processed food generation that is sustained on preserved fare filled with chemicals. If you want to maintain or achieve your ideal weight, get off that train now.
When cars could be mass produced on an assembly line, it was a revolutionary step. We’ve applied the same technique to our food and it’s not going as well. Processed foods keep longer, but at what cost to our health?
To achieve your ideal weight, you have to cut back on calories while increasing your activity. Statistics say that many of the people who have successfully lost weight will put it back on in a matter of years. Why? Little by little fats creep back into our diet and take over.
Processed foods, even ones that are supposed to be healthy, are part of the problem. You buy microwavable meals to eat at lunchtime, but some of them contain way too much sodium and fat. It is a small meal but that doesn’t mean the calories are small. Worst of all, you might not feel full after eating one.
The concern here is more for processed deli meats, cheeses, pizza, snacks, and desserts. Is that enough? There are a lot of ways to regain the 20, 30, 50 or even 100 pounds that you’ve lost.
Here are some solutions to solve the dilemma of the processed food train.
- Make your own lunch. Prepare a salad the night before. Add nuts and seeds of your choice and a homemade dressing. Make a veggie wrap by putting your salad makings in a whole wheat tortilla. Prepare an almond or natural peanut butter sandwich. Warm leftover soups and chili and put in a hot food container (avoid microwaving your leftovers at the office).
- Make your own breakfast. Those little microwave items are chock full of fat and preservatives as are the take out from the fast food restaurants. Using free-range eggs you can cook eggs a variety of ways, like an omelet with some cut up veggies. You can also eat whole grains, like oatmeal, granola, whole wheat toast or whole grain pancakes.
- Make your own pizza. At home, you can use whole grain flour for the dough, mix up your own sauce and add healthier toppings, like sliced mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, and if you must have meat on your pizza be sure it isn’t packaged meats. Whole grain flour is much better for you than white flour.
- Make your own snacks. Instead of buying granola bars from the store, make granola bars yourself at home. Cut and slice up veggies and eat with homemade hummus instead of dipping in a high fat dressing. Cut a baking potato or a sweet potato into thin slices and bake your own potato chips. There are plenty of snack ideas that don’t contain massive amounts of sugar, salt, or preservatives.
Are you still on the processed food train? To maintain your ideal weight (the weight you’ve lost) or lose more unwanted weight, find new ways to enjoy some of the foods you enjoy without buying them prepackaged from the store. And I’ve noticed when I prepare food I don’t find myself as hungry when I sit down to eat the prepared meal.
To your wellness,