By Keimonee Burford
Meter Staff Writer
Many Americans today want to make their fast paced lives as stress free as possible by finding alternatives to cooking in junk food, a type of unhealthy food that most Americans enjoy eating because it is cheap, quick, tasty, and convenient. Fries, chips, cakes, burgers, pizza, cookies, and sodas are all junk foods that can be found in the homes of most Americans and especially in our dorms or apartments in college.
If you overdo it on the junk food most might worry about what it’s going to do to your thighs or mid-section. But binging on junk food isn’t only a matter of weight gain. It might have far more serious repercussions than that. Junk food can be ok in moderation and the appropriate amount, but most of us don’t even know what the “appropriate amount” should be.
For older adults, the benefits of having a healthy diet include; increased mental alertness, less likely chance of illness and disease, high energy levels, faster recuperation times, and better management of chronic health problems. As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced. But healthy eating doesn’t have to be about dieting and sacrifice. Whatever your age, eating well should be your goal.
Although it is not easy to break that junk food habit it is still possible. A great way to get started is to replace processed foods with meals made from scratch using whole ingredients is an ideal and important way to ensure optimal nutrition. This will automatically cut out the vast majority of refined sugars, preservatives, dyes, other nasty chemicals, and many addictive ingredients from your diet. This will allow your body to depend less on sugar and more on fat as its primary fuel and energy source. The main key to a healthy life is to eat right and stay active!