Why don’t we eat healthy?

We must eat  the things our bodies need evenwhen we are busy. Here is why and how to feed your family healthy even when you are verybusy or a single parent.

I’m a single parent. Maybe I have a little less time than a two-parent family. But all of us parents have a responsibility to feed our families healthy. If it works for singles, surely it will work for "doubles," too.

By RB McLean

Eating Healthy.

Why don’t singles and families with single parents eat anutritious, balanced diet?

1. Time.

Most  singles are pressed for time. Who has time to  shop, cook, and clean the kitchen?

Yet,  who has time to be ill?

Since illness is the normal aftermath of poor nutrition, maybe we have  achoice: Spend time on nutrition or spend more time  being ill.

2.  Cooking.  I  have yet to find a way to  eat healthy  without cooking.  I  don’t like to cook and I’m sure many other  singles don’t  like to cook either. I would venture that many don’t even know  how to cook.

What do we do? We grab fast food, frozen dinners, and carry-out cuisine–or–wecook. I don’t spend much time cooking, but I do cook.

3.  Clueless. Many singles just do not understand nutrition.  For example:  I am certain everyone in the singles’ world  tries  to avoid  saturatedfats. Maybe we think we are avoiding  saturated fat by replacing red meats withchicken and drinking "2%" milk.

Wrong. "2%" milk is 35% fat. It is only 2% fat by weight. In myopinion, a slightly misleading bit of advertising and labeling the federal govermentallows.

4. Future. Many of thebenefits of good nutrition are  long-term. Most  of us believe married folks eatwell. We hope to  join  the married ranks soon. After all, Mr./Ms Right is justaround the corner. These  hopes make it easier to put nutrition off for our married future.

Forget the future for now. What immediate benefits can we  gain fromnutritious meals?

A. Thinner bodies.

The  Editors of Prevention Magazine write, "A nationalsurvey  of health  habits and attitudes, reported in the early 1990s that a record number of Americans are overweight–just about two out  of three adults  are above the range of  weight  that’s  considered ideal for  best health. Experts on such trends say  we  are  thefattest people on earth, perhaps the fattest nation in history."

Many  singles look at their body as part of their  attraction to the opposite sex. A better diet would allow us to join the nation’s minorityin that healthy weight range.

Does  that  healthy  weight range produce bodies  that are  more attractive to more members of the opposite sex?

I think in many ways this is true.

B. More energy.

People who eat well have more energy than their poorly-fed counterparts.  When you have more energy, you can chase the  opposite sexlonger and harder.

More important, though, is that you have more energy to enjoy your life in the"here and now."

C. Healthy kids.

Enter the single parent. Even though single parents seem to  have lesstime than any of us, proper nutrition is part of a  parent’s health responsibility to his/her children.

Maybe we will be married again before the kids’ bodies and future health are at risk from present nutrition. Yet they are  growing and  storing upfuture health every day. Maybe we need  to think about our kids in the present, notin the future.

Kids can help! Even a little kid can help by cleaning the kitchen, setting thetable, washing the veggies, etc.

Don’t stint on your families’ health. See busy for an easy, quick way to cook healthy.

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