Cooking Louisiana - Obesity is Killing Us

Cajun foods as with any other foods can be eaten to excess. It's not the once in while big meal that gets us, it's the "always a big meal" that puts the pounds on. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has published information that obesity is gaining momentum as a potential killer. 

It's my responsibility to you as a food website administrator to inform you about food. This information is not limited to what tastes good, but, how healthy (or non-healthy) eating practices can affect you. 

So here's my take on it all.

Remember, I am not a doctor, but, a doctor practices not only his medicine but common sense so this is only MY common sense and experience. 

Most people by nature want to have it all. Common sense tells us that "having it all" is not the approach that is good for us. If you think that... you may need to rethink! This same approach holds true with feeding your kids. Obesity can start at an early age, and, at that early age YOU are in control... not the kids.

Okay, I'll cut to the chase... If you're fat (and you know who you are) you can make small moves to start loosing weight. Naturally if you have a medical condition that takes any power from you you're not included in what I speak of here. 

Where do you start? No, not a diet...yet! Look at what you eat. You are eating what YOU like right? Take a piece of paper and write down all of your favorite foods, then write down which ones you eat the most of, then re-write the list in the order of what you eat the most of.

Now, look at how many things at the top of the list can make you gain weight. Is it bread, fries, pasta, chips, whole milk, etc....? Put a check mark by them.

Next  make another list of things you like that you know are healthy for you. Fruits, veggies etc. Remember you must like them, hey, I won't eat stuff I don't like! Again write down the ones you eat the most of... but now list them in their order of which ones you like the most.

Here's your challenge. Eat 1/3 less of the bad stuff... increase the healthy stuff by the same measure and practice that for a couple of months. Yes, just start getting used to it, give it time. Remember you didn't get fat over night...!

Let me give you an example from myself. I love and I mean LOVE regular bread and whole milk... two fatty foods. Here's what I did on that front. Switch to White Wheat bread and 2% milk. In a few months I was used to them. Remember I said a few months. I love apples and grapes...those are MY favorites. So I eat those at least three times a week, not every day. My ultimate weakness is ice cream... man get out the way! I  used to eat a big bowl of ice cream every night after supper and boy was I happy. Now, I eat a half a coffee cup of ice cream maybe three times a week. You see where I'm going here?

You have to gently change the path you're on. One or two things at a time, that's it. You'll eventually make the proper changes and still enjoy small amounts of the foods you love. Let me warn you... If you totally deprive yourself of the foods you like you'll get disgusted and go right back to them with a vengeance. Vengeance = failure and weight gain.

Here's an additional approach... Serving size. Read more about this here.
















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