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Do you ever feel like you're at war with yourself? As a member of the trying-not-to-be-aging Baby Boomers Generation, I definitely work hard to eat healthy, stick to a healthy low fat diet plan, exercise, and take somewhat good care of myself. As a member of the Sandwich Generation, juggling all the issues that come with that, I don't always have time to eat healthy, exercise (tag with the grandchildren is great!) and take good care of myself. 🙂 I have read a couple of good books on eating out healthier, such as Eat This Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide, (a very interesting book!) but still… It's an ongoing battle and, depending on the situation of the day, different sides are winning daily.
One area I've been trying to work on this year is eating out less. It's cheaper and healthier to eat at home. It can really save me time to grab a bite on the run, but it can be hard to make healthy choices when doing that. Have you seen how many calories are in some fast food items!!! How about you? Have you run into that as well?
Uncle Sam may have a help (or is it a hindrance?) for all of us Baby Boomers caring for elderly parents and grandchildren!. Under the new health care reform just signed into law, restaurant chains with 20 or more restaurants are going to be required to list calorie counts on the menu and have other nutritional information available upon request. Now that's some practical and healthy weight loss help for all of us! 🙂 Here's a video from the article to explain a bit more:
Over all, I think that is a wonderful idea! I've made great use of the nutritional information in the past at the places that already provide nutritional guides. In addition, those of us caring for elderly parents or grandchildren with special health issues, such as food intolerance symptoms, will definitely appreciate this information as well. The only problem? I suspect I'll be ordering even fewer servings of those delectably delicious chocolate desserts than I already do! How about you? 🙂
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What a great post on a really important subject for those of us who are caregiving — and for everyone else, too.
Thanks Marti. It really makes a difference in our mental attitude when we are feeling healthier, doesn’t it? 🙂
Thanks for bringing these great issues up.
Due to health issues of some elderly family members, we don’t eat many places without checking what their nutritional counts are. My biggest complaint about eating out, or purchasing processed food is the high salt values. Some meals have triple the daily recommended amount of salt.
P.S. — thanks for my spikes. They came in the mail yesterday! Even though spring has sprung, we had snow yesterday, so I may just have a chance to use them yet!