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With Great Amounts of Nutritional Info, Comes Great Amounts of Responsibility

Restaurant Nutritional Information displayed on the receipt

Will this help our eating habits?

We are all guilty of not eating healthy all the time, but we are probably even worse at making healthy choices when we are out to eat. When the menus are overloaded with delicious looking  foods that are just screaming our names, its hard to pick that wimpy salad when it’s sitting right next to a picture of a hot, thick, and juicy hamburger. So, is it the restaurants fault that we make poor healthy choices when we go out?

The Government has taken a closer look at this question and has come up with their own solution; make it mandatory for fast food restaurants and vending machines to display nutritional information. At first glance, this sounds great…but then you start to think about it, and you might realize that you never paid much attention to those labels anyway and that they can play psychological tricks on your mind.

So the question is, do you think giving consumers more information will lead to healthier choices?

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Bring In The Clown, The Obese Are On Parade

Recognize This Obese Clown?I have spent too many times in a restaurant or at the checkout aisle in the grocery store embarrassed by what I was buying.

Numerous times I gave up going out to lunch or dinner with my family out of the same fear. People said that this fear was all in my head, but realistically, I feel like I am a walking billboard for obesity.

If I have dessert at a table, people look at me with shame. Yet those same people can have the post-dining treat without even a thought of judgement from my end.

I feel like I am the circus act that dares to enter the places that I am supposed to stay away from.

It drives me crazy that everyone looks at dieting as a form of will power, but it can’t be further from the truth. After all, who would WANT the lifestyle of a person battling obesity ?

For instance, how many people watched Kirstie Alley on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ for the prowess of her dancing? They watched because they wanted to see the side show, and had the opportunity to witness when or if she’d fail. She had the potential for just that… right?

We have view those who are fighting obesity in a different light. Whether you consider it a disease or not, bigotry and verbal abuse should not be tolerated in any society.

 Wouldn’t it be a great world if everyone was treated equal?

Obviously this equal outlook isn’t going to happen immediately, but at least we can educate people about the emotional harm that their ignorance brings.

The Bad Economy is Actually Great For Our Health and Diet

Sure, this sounds like an irony, but there is merit to this statement.

Ever since the economy went horrifically awry, restaurants have cut back on portions and raised prices. Items in grocery stores have started reducing their sizes and raising their prices.

From my perspective, we never needed such large portions to begin with. Plus, dining out has become entertainment at the cost of our bodies.

Do people really need to eat at the Cheesecake Factory or Claim Jumpers types of restaurants? And multiple times a week?

This nation is suffering from epidemic obesity rates and there are more deaths and cases of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Times for health could never be worse.

So when I hear people complaining about feeling ripped off because they were not given that oversized plate of food like they used to, it really makes me wonder what we are teaching children and ourselves.

Enormous sizes and quantities equal enormously high calories. Not many people go from the restaurant to the gym and there aren’t a lot of ways to burn off five thousand calories a day for most sedentary people.

Now has never been a better time to learn to try and eat healthy. Sure, prices are up but there are plenty of ways to conserve and cook healthily.

In the next coming weeks, I will have some great doctors and nutritionists that will try and show me the way to the healthy light.

So perk up, there really is good that can come out of bad.