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{February 22, 2012}   The Joys and Evils of Fast Food

Perhaps one of the easiest slip-ups of any diet is that 5-minute trip to the local fast food joint. It’s a simple, easy way to get off track and lose your motivation. Fast food restaurants offer all the foods we love at tantalizing prices,practically begging for our patronage. But when you’re trying to eat healthy or lose weight, those same restaurants become a guilty pleasure we find hard to resist. For most people, stopping for a quick burger is a cheap way to get some sustenance during a hectic day. But believe me: there are easier, healthier ways to satisfy your hunger. If you’re going to be on the run, try packing a healthy snack to eat wherever your travels take you. Eating healthy meals and snacks will make you feel more awake and energetic, and won’t slow you down like greasy fast food. Also, remember not to get caught up in calorie count. Nutritious living is about what’s IN your food (fiber, protein, calcium, etc.), and how it’s good or bad for you. So when you’re preparing snacks based upon recipes, try to aim for foods that will nourish your body as well as your hunger. Your body needs nutrients (and yes, carbohydrates) to survive, so don’t deprive yourself of food for the sake of a diet. Instead, make smart choices that fill you up, without ruining your day.

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