Topic: Let’s Get Started
Gopal K. Kapur, January, 2018
Over the past two decades, dieting has become a national pass time; there are more than 40 diet plans, including some scary types: tongue patch and tapeworm diets. About 95% of people who lose weight by dieting, regain it in 1-5 years. In fact, most people gain additional weight. These valiant, but misguided, efforts put the dieters in a vicious cycle. According to the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, 70 percent of Americans are in poor health, they don’t eat healthy.
It is astounding to note the number of TV commercials hawking medications for T2 Diabetes. Interestingly, the fast talkers towards the end list a variety of near-death effects of their medicine – kidney complications, cancer, weight gain, diarrhea, vomiting, lower limb amputation, to name a few.
A change of channel invariably takes one to commercials by celebrities touting quick weight loss diets – over 12 pound in 30 days. If you do the math, this would mean a reduction of about 1,400 calories a day. Interestingly, most of their food is highly processed. Good luck.
The next change of the channel is sure to be a commercial about liposuction, of course with a new pleasing name. Can’t afford it, no problem; they have ‘easy’ credit offers with hidden high interest rates. Usury anyone? Perhaps it is the resulting drainage of your hard earned money that results in the quick weight loss!
Surprisingly, the underlying cause for the pervasive health problems is rather simple – more than 80 percent of the food purchased from grocery stores is ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat. The most convenient, most advertised, most familiar fast foods are not nourishing; they promote chronic diseases: obesity, hypertension, T2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancers. Too much of our food is loaded with sugar, salt, fat, health harming chemicals, and additives – Propylene Glycol (antifreeze), TBHQ (butane), wood pulp, HFCS, and Castoreum (beavers’ anal gland secretion).
Antifreeze Butane Wood Pulp HFCS Castoreum
Be afraid, be very afraid.
It is imperative that as a nation, we break the high-calorie, low-nutrition, and chemicals loaded junk food eating habits so deeply imbedded in our diet. Contrary to popular belief, tasteful and nourishing meals are easy to prepare and eminently affordable.
Let’s Eat Healthy blog is designed to promote a dialog to help us move away from the notion that good food is expensive, requires special skills, and takes too long to prepare. Hogwash. The actual cooking time for each of the delicious, nutritious, and easy to prepare dishes in our Let’s Eat Healthy program is less than 15 minutes. Guaranteed. Once you see the cost per serving, you are sure to be delighted. We welcome your comments and suggestions; but request a civil discourse. Thank you.
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