A new research gave us a finding we probably assumed, but it is worth having the proof. If you have been a fan of preparing and eating meals at home, then you definitely know what goes into your meal, but the truth is, according to Zong (2016), those of us who mostly eat meals prepared at homes are less likely to have Type 2 Diabetes.
When we “eat out,” we have a tendency to consume mostly fast food and this is where the danger lies. This view was also supported in said above-mentioned research. I am joining the list of persons making the call for us to get back to basics. Let us get back to doing what our forefathers did as it relates to our meals. Our safest and healthiest bet is cooking and eating meals prepared at home.
Plant-Based Foods vs. The Highly Processed Enemy
Ok, so, I know for some families, this could be equally bad or worst, so let us talk a bit about this all important topic. A family with a culture that fries everything and considers chicken nugget and fish sticks to be their main form of protein on a weekly basis could be heading for trouble.
When I speak about preparing meals at home, I am referring to whole foods and predominantly plant-based foods. I am talking about returning to the days of giving the children fruits when they need a snack. Fruits will pack them up with fiber and all the essential vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy and avoid diabetes and other illnesses. We need to be smart and change the lifestyle culture in our homes.
Yes, if you feed your children on foods which will eventually hurt them and make them sick and die young, then I have questions about your choices. I remember having fruits and sardine sandwiches for lunch as a child. I remember a pot of oats porridge in the morning from which we had breakfast and lunch with some fruits.
I am talking about the days of using a combination of fruits and vegetables to make drink and place in our refrigerators to cool us down in the summer days. Remember using limes or lemons to make a refreshing cool drink, that kept your blood pressure in check as well as assisted in keeping your blood glucose level in the normal range?
Is the change to highly processed foods helping our children? Are we helping them to be diabetics with high blood pressure and high cholesterol? Are we feeding their hearts and brains the wrong “foods?” This is a call to make the change. This is a call to take the time to save our children. They have a right to be healthy and happy. Let us change their lifestyle and give them the opportunity to live beyond their 3 scores and 10.
To Exercise or Not?
I love technology, especially, the fancy things we use to have fun and make work easier. I remember the day I threw out the coconut brush for a “polisher” to shine the terrazzo tiles at home. I remember our first colored television, which, unfortunately, was distracting me from reading a fiction book. Yes, I remember the struggles to switch off the television so that I could complete reading the literature book for school.
But, not so long before these days filled with the latest technologies, we had then, I also remember playing outside with the other children. I remember:
- Dandy Shandy
- Jumping rope
- Playing marble
- Running in the rain
- Playing in the mud
- Hide and Seek
- Simon Say
- Kicking and throwing the ball
I remember also how healthy we were those days. I remember how strong and happy we were those days. I can remember the fruits and the sandwiches we would eat after we played and took a break in the afternoon. I also remember the callaloo and yam we had for lunch during the summer holidays. A well-deserved meal, after a morning of running, jumping and skipping. I remember snacking on peanuts and cashew, especially when we went to visit relatives with more money.
How could I forget the evening meals of sweet potatoes, chicken (steamed) with some cooked vegetables and the stern warning to eat all my vegetables? This is a call for us to return to those days. This is a call for us to exercise and have our bodies performing at their best. We will be healthier, happier and have more money to save and take vacations. Maybe you could check this out, ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios.
It is this simple. Sick people go to the doctor, pay some money, do some test and pay more money. It is simple, we return to the doctor for the results, pay more money and get a prescription to take to the pharmacy to pay more money. You know the rest because it is a cycle. Many times we stay in this cycle.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against the medical profession, but I just don’t like to have to visit my doctor on a regular basis because I have a chronic illness. Diabetes can keep us as regular patients for the rest of our lives. That’s where my issue is and to think that a change in ones’ lifestyle can make these visits unnecessary.
In ending, let me encourage us to change our future and that of our children. This is a call to return to the days of healthy home cooked meals and more outdoor activities as we make the effort to help our children to avoid the evils of diabetes and other illnesses. Check out the NBAStore for discounts on clothing for your new lifestyle. Save up to 50% in the NBAStore.com Outlet
- Geng Zong, David M. Eisenberg, Frank B. Hu, Qi Sun. Consumption of Meals Prepared at Home and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: An Analysis of Two Prospective Cohort Studies. PLOS Medicine, 2016; 13 (7).
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