Thursday, July 28, 2011
McD's Happy Meal Makeover
McDonald's trims its kids meal by reducing the amount of fries, adding apples, cutting calories and fat in each meal. Will that lower the 17% rate of obesity in our youths? I don't think so. It's not the quality of food but the quantity and the hurried way people eat that makes them fat. Read The Fat Fallacy by Dr. Will Clower in which he explains that despite our national obsession with dieting, Americans are just getting fatter. We count every calorie, search out or non-fat foods that are highly processed and chemically laden, in hopes that these foods will help us lose weight. The French don’t do any of this. They eat real food, not highly . They don’t make low fat versions and they enjoy their carbs.
Clower tells us that the French eat smaller portions than we do, and they take their time to enjoy every bite. By slowly, and consuming moderate amounts of fat, their bodies have a chance to become full and satisfied on smaller portions. “Enjoyment and satisfaction have more to do with the amount of time you spend on the meal than the raw poundage of food you eat.” So, avoid fast or "faux" foods and eat real, healthy meals. Try not to rush through your lunch or dinner. Stop drinking sodas, even diet ones. Don't buy snacks with ingredients you can't recognize (won't find in nature), strange coloring, long expiration dates and get some fruits like apples, bananas or oranges. They're easy and healthy snacks. Also pack a small amount of nuts in a zippy bag to go. I always bring healthy snacks with me wherever I go so if I get hungry, I won't be tempted to go for junk food.
Health, Fitness and Nutrition
We Are What We Eat