Diet and recession 2

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OK.  So, how can you survive this recession without becoming a bloated fattened pig?  If healthy foods cost so much, how can we overcome the cost and eat right?

Well, you really don’t have to sacrifice health.  Although fast food restaurants are making good profits due to their cheap menu options and fast service, we need to slow down and think about what we are doing.  Maybe you’d rather pay $1 for that burger than $5 for the salad.  It only stands to reason that if you are short on cash, that is the best option.  However, don’t put yourself in that situation.

[ad#ad-1]Rather than grabbing a quick bite to eat when you are on the run, consider packing yourself a nutritious lunch.  Buying a loaf of bread, some deli meat, cheese and whatever toppings you like, to provide lunch-time sandwiches for at least an entire week will work out to be cheaper than always running to the local McDonald’s.  And it won’t clog your arteries.  Side dishes such as fruits and vegetables, yoghurts, etc., will help to fill you up, as a substitute for those greasy fries.

When shopping, you can always find cheap alternatives in the generic brands.  If fresh fruits and vegetables are too high-priced, used the frozen or tinned ones for now.  They keep longer as well.  Just be careful of the salt and fat content in some tinned foods, especially pre-made meals in cans. 

Some good foods to eat: cucumbers, eggs, skim milk, tuna, nuts.  Snacking on cucumbers is a good way to lose weight as they contain practically no calories and you burn more when you eat them.  Having a salad, with greens and cucumber and a low-fat dressing will fill you up and prevent you from eating too large a portion of other foods.  You can turn the salad into a meal by adding some boiled or grilled chicken, or tuna, or eggs.  Milk is nutritious; however, it can be high in fat.  So the recommendation is to use skim milk.  Fish is always a good alternative to high-fat meats, as it contains some beneficial oils/fats.  Tuna is high in protein, has essential oils, relatively cheap when tinned, and is tasty.  Nuts are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein.  Though people are turned off by their high fat content, the fats in most nuts (with the exception of palm nuts and coconuts) are unsaturated, which makes them healthy.

During times of stress, many people turn to food as “comfort”.  This becomes an extremely bad habit with dire consequences.  Finding other outlets for the stress, such as exercise, relaxation techniques, etc., will keep your thoughts away from food.

So, there are ways to combat recession and obesity at the same time.  We just need to be smarter in the way we approach food and meals.

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