Get off your lazy ass and cook!

Just how lazy have people gotten with food preparation?  Whether you’re a parent, a student, or a workaholic, you know the old saying, ‘I just can’t find the time!’.  There are a million excuses in the book.  I’m too tired… It’s been a long day… It’s too much work… I don’t have the patience… The fact is, humans have been given the gift of free will.  Free will affords us the ability to make any decision we want, including the decision to do something that goes against our own feelings of what we should do versus what we want to do.  Here’s the problem, many people just fail to exercise free will when it comes to their eating habits.

Laziness is impacting Americans in a major way.  “Kids between the ages of 6 and 14 eat fast food 157,000,000 times every month. To top it off, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on fast food every year.” (Palo Alto Medical Foundation).

It’s unfortunate though because in the amount of time it takes to drive to a fast food joint, sit down, get your food, eat it, pay, leave, and drive off, you could just as easily stop at a grocery store for a healthy snack or two to tide you over until you have the time to make a real healthy meal at home.

Need a good reason to ditch the fast food?  Consider this… “Fast food is loaded with calories from refined sugar and fats (especially, the artery-clogging saturated and hydrogenated fats, which are repeatedly reheated to high temperatures for frying purposes).  It is also very high in sodium, coming from common salt and other additives. On top of all this, fast food is deficient in dietary fiber and essential micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals.”

Don’t get me wrong, there are many healthy restaurants, but you heave to be careful.  We’re not just talking about what is commonly considered unhealthy fast food.  Remember Jared?  Yea so do I…  He was transformed by Subway’s now iconic brand of health, but it might surprise you to know that “Subway’s foot-long sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub delivers 9 grams of fat, not to mention nearly 800 calories. On top of that, you’ll be getting more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium with your sub. Most adults should consume less than 2,300 milligrams per day”. (AOL Health)

Do you cook meals for yourself?  You should.  Here are some of the benifits:

  1. Know everything that you’re putting in your food and your body.
  2. Enjoy the smell and taste of the food right in your own home.
  3. Have exactly what you want, when you want it.
  4. Enjoy your food without preservatives, additives (like color), and other non-essentials that you wouldn’t even think of putting in your cooking.
  5. Get satisfaction knowing you’re doing something good for yourself and your body.

How often do you eat out?  When you go out to eat is it a special occasion, or is it just becuase you’re too lazy to clean all of the dishes? Well there are an increasing amount of lazy people out there, don’t be lazy… be healthy.

2 thoughts on “Get off your lazy ass and cook!”

  1. Patty Drey Busse

    Good points, Mendel. I have been super busy lately with a new-ish job and so I don’t always make the time to cook. When I do fast foods or convenience food, though, it’s hardly worth eating—they have so little nutritional value. When I do cook, I try to make extra so I can freeze some and eat it later—kind of like my own homemade TV dinners.

  2. Patty, it’s always good to hear from you. I couldn’t agree more. Fast food IS a convenience food, but I never seem satisfied after I finish a burger and fries (although it’s been a while since I’ve been to the golden arches). I just always have some sort of snack in my car or at work to tide me over until later. My latest obsession is black mission figs and granola. 🙂

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