Do You Really Know What You are Eating?

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Do you want to be healthier but don’t feel like you have the time to eat healthier? One of the most important things that you can do to promote a healthier life is to prepare your own food. 
It seems like one of America’s favorite pastimes is eating out. I think eating out is wonderful and a great change of pace from eating at home but only on occasion. When you make it a habit of eating restaurant food on a regular basis you may find it challenging to feel your best and/or manage your weight.
 You may be one of those people who only orders grilled chicken and vegetables when you eat out but you still don’t know how your food is being prepared. One of the issues with eating out is you most likely don’t know what kind of oils that your food is being cooked in.  
I know several people in my life who frequently eat out and can’t understand why they can’t manage their weight. There are of course other factors that contribute to weight gain, specifically having to do with your emotional well-being first and foremost. But eating real whole food prepared in your kitchen where you know the ingredients and believe it or not the type of oil that you are using, is the best way to ensure that you know what you are putting in your body.  
Would you knowingly put poor quality gas or oil into your car? You know that your car would probably begin to give you problems after a while and it would be no surprise because you didn’t provide your car with the proper fuel. Your body is very similar in that you weren’t built to withstand eating foods that don’t properly nourish your body (and soul) for a long period of time. 
If you are dealing with chronic health issues like heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, or digestive issues then eating nourishing foods that you prepare is your medicine. I used to tell my chronically ill clients that they need to stick to a healthy diet 99% of the time, for the time being anyway, while their body heals.  For the rest of us I believe in the 80-20 rule. If you can eat healthy, which includes eating food that you prepare, 80% of the time then the 20% will take care of itself.
You may think that food preparation just takes too much time, but there are many food prep tricks that I can share with you. So in my next week’s blog I will talk about some tricks of the trade that I use for food preparation. 
I would also love to hear from you to see what kinds of food preparation tricks work for you. Send me a comment before next week so I can include your food prep trick in my blog (I promise to not take credit for it). Matter of fact I have adopted (stolen) most of my food prep tricks from family, friends, books, websites, etc.  So let me know what is your favorite food preparation tip?

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