We have all heard the stories about eating fast food/eating out, and we are here to tell you it is true. More and more people are eating out more and more, and it’s not good for your body. You are what you eat, and no one wants to be a $1 menu. It used to be a luxury, but is becoming the new norm, because of convenience and how cheap it is. I mean sure going thru a McDonald’s drive thru takes 5 minutes, and the $1 menu takes less out of your pocket than eating healthy. So you think! We’ll touch on the time and price later.
For now, I want you to really think about what it is doing to your body. It effects everything, and you are killing yourself. In many cases the food is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, preservatives, and salt. If you really look at the details of what those things can do to you, you won’t be happy, because your life will be shorter. All those carbs turn into sugar and constantly spike your blood sugar, which can lead to Diabetes 2. Added sugars have no nutritional value but are high in calories. According to the American Heart Association, most Americans take in twice as much sugar as is recommended for optimal health. All those extra calories add up to extra weight, which is a contributing factor for getting heart disease and being obese. Obesity is associated with an increase in respiratory problems as well. Too much sodium causes your body to retain water, making you feel bloated, puffy, and looking larger than you are. But that’s the least of the damage overly salted foods can do. Sodium also can contribute to existing high blood pressure or enlarged heart muscle.
What about the outside of your body that can be seen and your mental health? First, fast food and eating out is known to take your energy. It literally drains you, and depression has also been linked to it. In a Public Health Nutrition journal a study determined that people who eat out are 51 percent more likely to develop depression than those who eat little to no fast food. On top of that, fast food and eating out feeds skin issues. Greasy fattening fried foods and foods high in carbs cause acne and oily skin.
If you still aren’t making the promise to stop eating out a lot, please look at the list below for other reasons to stop eating out.
- It’s Expensive: Sure, you wanted the dollar menu, but you changed your mind when you go there, and fast food keeps going up. You can’t leave without spending at least $5-$12. If you times that by 30 days you are spending $150-$360 on Food that doesn’t even count your trip to the grocery store. Let’s not forget that is just lunch, one meal a day. A sit down restaurant is even more expensive. Eating healthy can be cheap, if you buy in quantities to last you.
- You Don’t Know What’s Gone Into It
- The Novelty Wears Off: If you are constantly going to restaurants and other establishments, then how do you mark a special occasion?
- You Don’t Learn Anything:By Cooking you are learning and perfecting a skill, that looks great when dating, impressing “a could be” business partner, or comforting your spouse.
- It’s Not Convenient, It’s Time Consuming: You think going to the drive thru is quick, but you have to drive there, drive back, order, and use gas to get there. If you actually go to a sit down restaurant, you are waiting for them to cook it, waiting on the bill, and more. Cooking at home and preparing your meals are much healthier and take less time.
We hope you choose to eat out less and eat more at home, and if you do go out check out healthy places for you and your body. A good example is MealFit Salads in Cookeville, TN. A serve yourself salad bar full of fresh healthy tasty options. We even have local, farm-fresh produce on the salad bar whenever it’s available.
Remember you are what you eat, and no one wants to be a $1 menu.
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