With the US having a serious problem with obesity, it is important to take a more active approach to personal food preparation. In addition to increasing physical exercise and choosing healthier food alternatives, a focus on natural eating habits is growing. This can mean growing vegetables and fruit, and choosing meats, dairy products, and eggs only from organic sources. Though this can be quite the psychological challenge, it is important to realize that we are Each blessed with abundant natural food resources, and we must use them to our advantage.
For example, while grass-fed cows can produce tender and tasty beef, factory-raised cows are often treated badly and eat large quantities of grain which is packed with antibiotics, hormones and anti-biotic byproducts. factory-raised cows are also prohibited from natural pastures, feed yards and hay fields, and are often subject to unnaturally high doses of antibiotics to prevent disease. The effects of a diet high in antibiotics, called the “gonorrhea” can include contaminated blood, certhics, skin and gastrointestinal disorders.
- Focus on whole foods focusing on whole foods is far more effective than using search marketing or advertising to get customers to try something new, or to try a new item. Whole foods are often inexpensive, and can include many more health benefits than other forms of prepared foods. Whole foods can include fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, cereals, dried beans, nuts, and olive and other oils. Healthy food is often more expensive, which means people are typically budget conscious when deciding what to buy.
But there is hope!
With a little bit of creativity and a “when it’s green” mentality, it is much easier to find and source healthy food.
- Ask for help
Most local grocery stores are More Than Happy to assist you in finding new and interesting products. Ask a master chef, and they will be delighted to advise you. master chefs are usually happy to help skilled cooks find better dishes. master chefs can also point you in the right direction, especially if your cookware set is broken.
- Check out restaurants that offer vegetarian options
Some restaurants and catering companies have been quietly adding more healthy options to their menus. One of the biggest things to look for is on the menu, as many chefs have learned through years of training is to include vegetarian options as part of their meal plans.
- Eat out less
Saving money while dining out can be a challenge. Consider cutting back on alcoholic beverages, eliminating certain meats and making sure guests have a smaller portions size. Add in curb extras like salad and bread, and you may be onto something.
- Find a local vegetarian restaurant
Many cities, and even some small towns, have a range of vegetarian restaurants. This can be a great way to support local producers, while enjoying a night out with friends and family. Larger cities may have a wider range of vegetarian restaurants, but smaller towns are fortunate enough to have at least a few.
- Support your local farmers and producers
These days, we’re all trying to feed our families the most healthful and nutritious cuts of meat possible. So many people are now eating organic, locally grown, or artisan produced food – and the options are rising as the size of a supermarket chain grows.
If you have the opportunity to eat fresh, local food, that’s the way to go. Local produce provides fresher, more flavorful and more nutritious food than ever before. By supporting local growers you not only get fresh, natural, unprocessed food, you also get a sense of pride knowing that your stimulating your local economy and giving back to your town. One tip for fresh food is to purchase organic (vetted) right at farm stands or farmers markets. There’s nothing natural about spraying food with fungicides and pesticides, so avoid all the surprises.
supporting your local food sources is a great way to support your local economy. Also, as discussed in the previous section, going to the local farmer’s market to support your local food sources can have another positive impact on the environment. But going even further, supporting local artisans and workers tends to have a bigger impact on the environment as well. Often times these products are purchased locally, but the amount of energy and materials used to produce them may seem negligible compared to the energy and materials required to produce other products, but the impact is sometimes felt throughout the whole community.
The wants and needs of your community will often be met by multinational corporations, but you may have channels to connect with these companies that you can use to promote your culture. In addition to hiring professional chefs, find other ways to support your community. By dining in your local restaurants, Using your local products, and Buying local products, you may be giving your community the support it needs to thrive.