Over the past few years, my wife and I have been working towards eating more healthy… which is easier said than done, unfortunately. The fact that we find it difficult means – it must be nearly impossible for those that have financial hardships and live in parts of of the country where there no access to “fresh” fruits and vegetables.
Many of us are totally unaware of the idea of a “food desert”, which according to the US Department of Agriculture is defined as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
We don’t live in a “food desert” and have access to multiple national grocery stores… yet instill, finding food that is healthy difficult.
Disclaimer: I am not an expert on nutrition and I do not hold any advance degrees in bio-chemistry.
What is healthy food?
I am not going to tell anyone what they should and should not eat. Since, I am still working through what “healthy” means for me… so far, one of the first clues is the ingredients on the label. As a rule, if I can’t pronounce it and/or it sounds like some sort of chemistry experiment – then it may not be good for me to ingest.
But don’t get me started on labels…
For now – we are trying our darnedest to eat organic whole foods. Wish us luck 😉
Do you have any suggestions or tips on healthy eating?