Posted on 04/6/2011
Weight loss and weight management is all about calories in versus calories out. I've been saying this for a good part of my 79 years on this planet. It's nothing new. It's commonsense really. But for many people, this is a struggle each and every day.
My own obese father who struggled for most of his life and eventually died from congestive heart failure and Type II diabetes.
That's where I come in. More than 25 years ago, I decided that people not only wanted to but also needed to eat healthier and I would do it for them. I'd do the planning, shopping and cooking (not to mention the calorie counting). What could be simpler?
I knew if I did it, as a registered nurse, I would have to provide the healthiest meals possible. I would not give into any fads or trends. It would be simple, wholesome fresh food delivery so those I was helping did not have to struggle.
The food industry has been resistant to change to say the least. They want to offer bigger portions and more food. They do not want to tell you what you are eating. Goodness sake, if they did, I guarantee the majority of their customers would not consume such portions. They would also not make as much money either. I guess it all boils down to the bottom line!
There goes a problem that has gotten progressively worse by each year and each decade in this country. You can see the upswing in obesity numbers mimic this trend in the food industry.
So, why do they want to continue with the status quo? I guess because it is BIG business and they are making billions each year over-feeding Americans and giving them portion distortion.
Well, my old friends at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have actually taken notice of this and are actually considering requiring food outlets to label the food they serve their patrons.
By golly, the FDA may not actually be asleep at the wheel after all! Amazing...I thought they just punched the time clock and passed along problems to the next guy. It turns out the FDA is trying to right some wrongs and help. Something must be done. This has gone on for way too long!
According to recent news on the subject, the FDA is saying that calorie information will not solve the obesity problem, but it will be part of the tool kit. They see it as part of an overall effort to fight obesity.
I couldn't have said it any better myself. This is not an end all be all. Rather it's part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Sure, there are those who oppose any governmental body from telling you what to do. I agree wholeheartedly in less government is better government. But this is an exception. This public health crisis we're in is costing us all billions of dollars and something must be done!
The FDA is really stepping up to the plate lately. I applaud their efforts. They are also acknowledging that artificial color food dyes used for decades may need more research to deem them safe. They are saying that more research is needed in terms of food dyes as they relate to the huge increase in children with ADHD and other behavioral problems. I've been saying for decades that they are no good and even contacted the FDA and was told basically, when something is cleared as safe it is nearly impossible to make it on the unsafe list. Oh my, what reasoning.
If I can impart one tidbit of wisdom from being a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and registered nurse, it is to use your thinking rights. This goes back to why restaurants and others in the food industry have hidden what's in the food they serve the public. If you don't know what is in it, don't consume it. Period. I have voluntarily provided that information for years and years and years. What does the food industry have to hide? I guess everything! I have nothing to hide...read our labels, nutritional analysis and fact panels. Take a look at our meal plans online, if you like!
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.