For most of history humans have been directly involved in providing their own food. It wasn’t until the mid 20th century in this country that the balance shifted from a mostly rural to an urban environment [1].

 

Up until that point, most Americans were living or working on a farm and were up close and personal with their food source.

 

Yet in the last few generations as we have drifted further and further from the source of our food, our waistlines have grown and lifestyle diseases have skyrocketed.

 

Now the complaint is there isn’t even time to cook a healthy meal.

 

We are literally eating ourselves to death. Nearly all the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. are related at least in part to diet and lifestyle [2].

 

In an age of seemingly endless responsibilities, how can we possibly find time to prepare healthy foods on a consistent basis?

 

The answer lies in 3 simple questions:

 

 

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How much television do you watch?

 

A 2014 report by the Nielsen media ratings company [3] gives the following breakdown of television consumption by adults:

Ages:

18-24: 22 hours

25-34: 28 hours

35-49: 34 hours

50-64: 44 hours

   65+: 51 hours

 

The average parent in this country is putting in as much screen time as a full-time job.

 

 

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How much time do you spend on your smart phone?

 

The average American checks their smart phone 151 times a day [4]. Yes, that’s the average American. Every 6.4 minutes you are likely sneaking a peek at the latest news, text, or email.

 

How many of these “checks” turn into several minutes watching videos of babies making weird faces? If you’re tired at the end of the day it may be from mental exhaustion due to excessive Facebook status updates.

 

 

 

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How long are you waiting for food to be prepared by others?

 

Sure, a shopping trip may cost you 2-3 hours of time on the weekend (cut the TV time back to 4 hours on a Saturday and try to squeeze it in) and you’ll have some prep each day.

 

But add up the cumulative time you spend at a restaurant, drive-in, deli counter, or convenient store and you’ll notice the overwhelming factor is priorities, not time.

 

Carve out a little time each day for the sake of your long-term health. More than likely, you’ve got a little to spare.

 

 

 

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