I know this not only from the news but in the daily role of helping market our hospital’s weight loss services. There truly is a need for us to shape up.
But the reality is this waste is hitting not only our waistlines – but also the environment. If the average American is consuming 1,250 to 1,500 calories more than they should each day, that’s a lot of food that never needed to be processed. Writes Julia Whitty, Mother Jones' environmental correspondent:
Nineteen percent of total energy used in the US is tied to producing and
So I’m doing my part. (OK, it’s not entirely altruistic; I’ll be the first to admit I’m not exactly a size 5.) So when Chile proposed a new challenge to cut out discretionary eating for August, I jumped on board.
I’m either really brave, or really foolish.
So here I am, on the record. For thirty days, I am going to reduce my intake by:
- Avoiding restaurants, take-out, prepared deli foods, and frozen meals. Shouldn’t be too hard, being on the unemployment diet; however, I need to be cautious of my habit of eating those oh-so-appetizing frozen meals.
- Avoiding highly processed and refined food stripped of its nutrients. This should be easy as long as I stick to my plan of planning meals.
- Avoiding sugary foods and drinks. I admit even being diabetic that my sweet tooth will get to me, so I’ll plan ahead and incorporate fruits to help stave those cravings.
- Avoiding food eaten after physical hunger is satisfied (or to fix a low blood sugar). Yes, I need to cut out my snacking, which tends to be stress-related.
- Watching my caffeine intake. Note I didn’t say significantly reduce!! Water it is.
I've probably gone a little overboard, but there. It’s public. So I now have little excuse to get into gear!
Anyone else in?