As humans, we are programmed to be scared of scarcity. We think that more is better. In times of famine, those with more reserves are more likely to survive. But in times of abundance, excess can actually contribute to our demise. Yet our fear of not having enough has led us into financial debt and physical obesity.
While most people say they view going out to eat as a “treat,” in reality Americans go out to eat an average of 4-5 times a week. Even the most inexpensive fast food is more expensive than preparing comparable meals at home. Our habit of dining out can have a major effect on our food budget, as well as our health. So how do we eat healthy while dining out?
When I hear people saying (and truly thinking) their kids “need” crackers and “need” juice and “need” cows’ milk, I have to bite my tongue. What we need is more fruits and vegetables. Yet through marketing and conditioning we’ve come to believe that when you’re hungry, you grab a snickers. Our food should not come from vending machines or drive-thrus. So what is a smart snack?
Saving money is one of my goals. Improving my health is another. These two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, eating a healthy, low-added sugar diet can be very affordable. In this post we talk about reading food labels and eating real food.
As a Health Psychologist, I wholeheartedly believe that exercise is one of the best medicines for the body and the mind. And you don’t need to buy any equipment or pay for a gym membership or class to do it. The problem is, I am a couch potato and have never been one to workout. Week 2 of my wellness class was all about physical activity. This includes exercise as well as increased movement in general. Here’s a summary of what I learned, how I applied it to my own life, and how I lost 7 pounds in two weeks!