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Obesity and the Two family Income

I recently watched an interview with Michael Pollan, who wrote, In Defense of Food and has recently came out with, Cooked, A Natural History of Transformation.  He said that your safest bet to eating healthy is that you know a human is cooking your food. Basically he was saying to stay away from processed foods.

For many years now I've said that I think one of the reasons for obesity in our country is that we have two income families. Not to say that women should stop working (they shouldn't) but rather to describe the plight of the American family and hopefully help it.  Both parents come home tired and just want to relax.  Who wants to spend their time cooking and cleaning?  Yes you can hire someone but not everyone can do this.  So we turn to fast food - whether it be fast food restaurants or the cans and boxes promising food in 15 minutes.

Some tips for having non-processed foods:
-  Hire a chef, you can now hire a chef who will come into your house for a few hours, make your meals, put them in containers, label them, put them in the freezer and you have home made meals for the week.  Of course, this is the expensive choice.
- Do it yourself, my sister spends part of the weekend preparing meals to eat for the week.
- Teach the kids, of course I'm talking about the teens.  My kids love to cook and it's a good idea that they know how to prepare a meal before starting college.  My kids were amazed how no one in their class made a cake from scratch.
- Go to restaurants you trust.  Today there are some many farm to plate restaurants - see if they have take out.

I'm making it my mission to go out and find recipes that can be prepared early in the week and quickly cooked later for those times we've had a long days.

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  1. What an important message this is Joanne! Healthy food is the best medicin in the world, and people don't realize it. It's the best prevention for many things, and a cure for others.

    I hope this inspires people to take the best possible care of themselves and their kids!


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