Healthy Eating

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Eating Healthy on a Budget We all know how easy it is to stop by a fast food restaurant on our way home from work or while running our kids back and forth to their sports – but we don’t really stop to think what that food is doing to our bodies and how much it really does cost to eat out rather than taking a detour to the grocery store and buy healthy meals and snacks. Most of us are trying to save money any way we can right now. As living on a budget becomes more important, it is helpful to look at how to stretch your food dollars and still eat a healthy diet. In these days of bank closures, foreclosures and greater than 10% unemployed, it is not easy to buy foods that are healthy for us. While eating healthier can cost more eating right…show more content…
Eat Well, Be Well - Eating the required five servings a day of fruits and vegetables and cutting down on saturated fat and sugar is proven to help your health. Can you imagine the vicious cycle created for the American poor? One of the endemic plagues of poverty, poor nutrition, has been further compounded by the fact that the less money you have, the less able you’ll be to buy any truly nutritious foods. Dr. Adam Drewnowski, director of the center for public health nutrition at the University of Washington, reveals the very real daily challenge those on a tight budget face: “If you have $3 to feed yourself, your choices gravitate toward foods which give you the most calories per dollar,’’ not only are the empty calories cheaper, but the healthy foods are becoming more and more expensive. Vegetables and fruits are rapidly becoming luxury goods.” (Dr. Drewnowski). Older people are most likely to improve their eating habits, but nutrition is important for people of all ages, says Walter Willet, M.D., chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health. “We know that when people have health problems or their friends become ill, these are strong motivators of change, the more serious the health condition, the more serious the change. We’d rather have people make changes early and prevent health problems in the first place.” (Willet). You don 't necessarily have to eat "all natural" foods to be
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