Eating Healthfully: Tips to Make It Easier
Many people wonder how to cook and eat healthier foods which do not require a lot of time or money. Chances are that you have a good understanding of the basic principles of health and nutrition. But thanks to today's fast-paced lifestyles, the real challenge is practicing what you know! Occasionally, we find ourselves resorting to "quick fixes," which gradually may become bad eating habits. Then we build up reasons, or "myths" about why we cannot eat better. See if you recognize any of the common "myths" listed below. You may be surprised how easy they are to change.
Myth No.1:Eating nutritiously is too expensive.Many people believe that fruits, vegetables, fish, and the other components of a healthful diet cost more than they currently spend on food. Consider what happened when researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Mary Imogene Bassett Research Institute gave nearly 300 people with high cholesterol how-to home videos for cutting fat from their diets. After nine months, the participants who had lowered their blood cholesterol the most had also lopped an average of $1.10 each day off their food bills. That comes to more than $400 a year (or $1,600 for a heart-healthy family of four). It makes perfect sense when you put pencil to paper. A bowl of cereal with milk costs a lot less than buying a donut or muffin on the way to work. And a mid-afternoon apple or banana is still cheaper than a candy bar.