How many times do you eat out every day?
Don’t get me wrong – eating out is fun, and it tastes good, but you ideally should eat out no more than once a week.
Is this possible on your busy schedule?
Return To The Good Ole Days
On April 15, 1955, the McDonald’s franchise began.
KFC was founded in 1930, Burger King was founded on July 28, 1953, and Wendy’s came into being on November 15, 1969.
I think that I can safely state that people went to these new restaurants only on special occasions and as a treat. They didn’t frequent them daily, or 3 times a day, like some people I know today.
Plus, back in the day, the quality of the food was a much higher standard than it is today, at fast-food restaurants, anyway. Going to Micky D’s today involves solving an ingredient mystery – what’s this food made of, many wonder.
We Eat Out – A Lot
There are many reasons why eating at home, and packing homemade foods for school or work, are healthier for you than eating out.
Americans are cooking less and eating outside of the home more. And this leads to overeating more than we would eat if we were at home.
More than half of our food dollars are now being spent in restaurants and on drive-though meals. For the first time in our history, Americans are spending more money eating away from home than they do on groceries.
Sure, you can eat a small, healthy meal at any restaurant, but, do you? Researchers have found that people typically eat 20 to 40 percent more calories in restaurants compared to what they eat at home.
It is simply just too tempting to eat the wrong kinds of foods when eating out. Hey, you’ve got to get your monies worth, right?
And, we are raising a generation of young kids on fast foods that are making them fat, sluggish, lazy, and unhealthy.
Homemade Is Better
There are many good restaurants that offer healthy menus, but generally speaking, these days, here are some benefits to eating homemade:
- Saves money. Eating homemade food is usually cheaper than eating at a restaurant or buying processed foods.
- Saves time (yes, it really does).
- Healthier ingredients under your control.
- Avoid food allergies and food sensitivities.
- Portion control.
- Brings the family together.
If you want to lose weight, protect your health, and avoid the doctor and medications, start eating more homemade meals, and take your lunch and snacks with you wherever you go.
Enjoy eating out as a treat, and eat out only once a week for “cheat day.” And, please, please, please, teach this to the younger generation – they need good mentoring and healthy advice – more today than ever before in the good ole’ USA.
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