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Eating at home or eating out?

By shprdschld     Mar 21, 2007 in Health
Good health has to start somewhere.
In today's society, it seems all to common for many people to eat out. As a single parent, I'm just as guilty of running through the drive-thru to pick up something for dinner.
After a long hard day at the office, I often don't feel like cooking. Mind you, I'm a very good cook. I spent 7 years in the Army Reserves as a cook preparing meals for a 100 plus soldiers. Being the only woman in the mess hall of our unit at the time, I never had anyone complain about my cooking. I also enjoy preparing gourmet meals.
However, if you don't have children with gourmet taste buds it isn't going to help the meal planning any. There aren't too many foods that you will find in the restaurants today that are truly health conscious. We wonder why Americans as a whole struggle with their weight. Could it be that we've forgotten the value of cooking at home?
The average person should consume around 2,000 to 2,300 calories per day. It only takes 3,500 calories to produce a pound. Therefore, if you are consuming an additional 3,500 calories per week more than what you are burning, you will gain an average of 4 pounds per month. In a year that's 48 pounds.
You could take one of many restaurants and find that you are likely to consume the majority of your entire days allowable consumption in one meal. has numerous resources for counting your calories as well as statistics regarding obesity in the United States.
As a whole, we don't spend enough time exercising and eating right. What is the solution? I believe we all have to decide for ourselves. If we want to live longer healthier lives, it's going to take regular exercise and a controlled diet.
I'll be the first to admit I need to jump on the bandwagon and stop making excuses. There are plenty of organizations willing to help. There are also contests to motivate you to lose weight. Ask yourself, what is my excuse? Then decide to make a difference.
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