The Battle of the Bulge: Making Good Food Choices in a Fast Food World
We live in a country where the food industry, including fast food restaurants, supermarkets, and cafeterias appears to be opposed to healthy eating and living. Much of the country''s problems with obesity, and various other related diseases can probably be traced to the food choices that present themselves to us. We''re bombarded with ads for burgers, fries, and find the convenience offered by fast food and snacks preferrable to cooking healthy meals of our own. More, the food industry entices our children by filling kids'' stores with all sorts of sugary snacks and bombarding kids with ads for the worst sorts of foods.
When faced with such opposition to improving our health and well-being, how do we make good
dietary decisions and maintain those eating habits for life? Part of the answer lies in knowing exactly what constitutes healthy eating. We want to find a diet that can help us control our weight while also improving our health and well-being. Most of all, perhaps, we want a dietary system that will not leave us feeling deprived and hungry, for ideally the food we eat should help us feel stronger and more energetic, not less.
In this section, we shall help you see that such diets do exist. We''ll introduce basic nutritional principles that one can employ throughout life and describe two dietary programs that we know work. Future articles will also describe the effects nutrition has on things other than weight control, such as resistance to illness, cardiovascular health, and our energy levels.