A short series of blog posts this fall, Healthier & Happier You, brings you ideas and insights on how to make positive changes, renew perspectives and possibly finding the “self” you’ve been looking for.
When building a plan for a Healthier & Happier You, one of the first things on most of our lists will be food. Food is our fuel and a source of vitamins and nutrients necessary for optimal body function. Our choices of which foods to consume can also impact our intake of “good things” and “bad things,” which also impact our overall health.
This is the conversation of “cookie or carrot,” “pie or peach,” “drive-thru or pack-and-drive.” We all know what the “right” answer is when it comes to eating healthy, so why do we sometimes struggle to stay on target? As I researched this, there is a lot of excuses and theories, but what it all really boils down to is your willpower and ability to stop justifying poor food choices. It may feel cliché, but when it comes to eating to meet your health goals no statement is more true than, “Fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.”
Food preparation is important in two ways:
- Preparing you own food helps you keep your food clean, and
- If it’s already done, it’s now more convenient.
Part 2 of 3, “Clean Food” coming 9/17
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