Do you have a hard time eating healthy? A new national poll in the June 2012 issue of Consumer Report’s ShopSmart magazine finds a lot of people do. Why? Here are the top five reasons from the women surveyed… and tips from FatFighterTV on how to move past them.
57% – Healthy foods are more expensive
FFTV tip: They can be, but there are plenty of deals out there, too. And when you find them, stock up, especially on frozen produce. Plus try Trader Joe’s if there’s one near you – the prices are very good.
47% – Social settings present too many temptations
FFTV tip: Grab a handful of raw almonds before you leave your house so you’re not famished when you get to the event – you’ll be able to pick and choose your calories more carefully. Also, adjust your calorie bank for the extra party goodies by eating fewer throughout the day (or the next day) or burning a few more to make up for the splurge.
39% – Life it too short; I want to enjoy what I eat
FFTV tip: You can… just in moderation!
33% – It’s hard to find healthy options when eating out
FFTV tip: A lot of restaurants have their menus and nutritional information online so you can see what you’re getting before you order. If not, you can always adjust your meal to make it healthier, e.g. ask for the salad dressing on the side; order something baked or grilled instead of fried; get the marinara sauce instead of the creamy buttery one.
29% – I don’t have time to prepare healthy choices
FFTV tip: Another great thing about frozen produce – it’s already chopped, sliced, or diced for you. That saves so much time. Also, try this – make a few meals over the weekend so they’re ready to go when you come home from work or school, etc.
Anyone else have any excuse-busting tips to share?