Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wellness Wednesday

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It's already a well-known fact that fast food has contributed to our obesity epidemic, especially among children who often even have fast food at school, as well as at home. Now Huffington Post reports a study out of Ohio State University that has linked fast food consumption with childhood intellectual development. The researchers believe that part of the problem is that this dead food is crowding out nutrient-rich food. A child can only eat so much food and, if they eat food lacking sufficient nutrition, that leaves less room for foods that will feed their developing brains and bodies.

While parents are often strapped for time in this busy world, healthful meals can be created with some planning. In fact, when my children were small, I realized that sometimes taking the time to drive to the fast food (or other) restaurant, waiting in line and then for your order, and then making your exit to go home, you can cook a pot of pasta with some marinara sauce, with or without meat. With a little creativity and family participation (hey, here's where you can get quality family time in), affordable nutritious meals can be put on the table in no time.

1 comment:

David said...

Cherie, I don't think anyone would disagree that fast food from drive through restaurants is not good for a regular diet. So many studies and found indisputable evidence about the ill effects of nutritional value and yet their sales keep increasing every year. TV advertising would have us believe that convenience and taste are more important than nutrition. It doesn't stop with just families with children. A large portion of the population is single. Most of my single friends don't want to bother with cooking just for themselves so much of their eating is not at home. Hopefully, I will never fall into that trap. Keep up the good educating wellness Wednesday posts.

Have a great healthy food day.