Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Eating Smart When Dining Out

In a follow up to the very last past blog post to this blog which targets home cooked meals as being well-founded -- for both your wallet and your health -- this blog posts addresses the following article on Eating Smart When Dining Out.

Practically anyone who eats out at a restaurant feels the sense of satisfaction that the meal which they are about to eat will be a treat of indulgence. For one, the meal is seen as a "treat" simply because labor and effort were not involved in the preparation of it. To the individual who just ordered that meal, that is half the battle -- no preparation, no stress, no worries.

The thing is though, restaurants know that people lead busy lives and that time is a luxury -- a luxury that most people don't want to "squander" on in the kitchen. But, with that said, there is a price to be paid. That price? Not really knowing where that restaurant food came from -- did the food come from a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) or were the ingredients used to "spice up" that side dish even organic or real, were they synthetic or plastic or artificial -- who knows?

Today there is so much interest in knowing where our food comes from and for good reason. Have you seen or heard of our current diabetes epidemic? our obesity epidemic? our cardiovascular problems? or tremendous stress levels? All of these are the "building blocks" for major chronic diseases -- diseases that can be prevented if only food choices were chosen more carefully, wouldn't you say?

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