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By: Troy Huggett
In today’s fast paced world we consume over 30% of our daily calories away from home. These less-than-wholesome calories are accumulating around our waists and draining our bank accounts.
So why do we eat out and shun the kitchen? Simple: convenience. We don’t have the time to toil away over a hot stove. However, evidence is mounting that we are paying big for the so-called convenience of outside food.
Obesity related diseases are on the rise, as are the number of folks who are just plain unhappy with how their bodies look and feel. Cooking at home seems to be the first step on our road to healthier bodies.
Here are the top five reasons that you should starting cooking and eating at home...
It’s Good For You
Hyperprocessed foods are harmful to our health, and that’s exactly where you’ve been getting the bulk of your calories. Even restaurant food that contains fresh produce, chances are high that the produce is not organic, or local, or non- GMO. Most of us are eating less than half of the recommended amount of fiber, fruit and vegeta- bles, which eating at home could quickly change.
Simple meals made at home with fresh produce and organic meats or eggs are nutritionally supe- rior to over-flavored, over-processed restaurant
food. Not to mention the high calorie beverages and starters that so often accompany a restaurant meal. When you eat at home you take in more nutrient-dense calories that are higher in fiber.
It’s Far Easier Than You Think
Eating out so often has conditioned our con- cept of a meal to be one with complicated flavors and accompaniments. This misconception has made us fear the kitchen. But I urge you to recon- sider.
Meals made at home need not mirror those ordered in restaurants. On the contrary, simple is better when it comes to home cooking. Plan your entire meal around a couple of pieces of fresh pro- duce and a wholesome, lean protein. No need for complicated sauces or sides – these are where the harmful calories hide anyway.
It Costs Less
Fresh, simple ingredients do not cost much. Especially when compared to the cost of prepared meals.
Shopping the perimeter of the store is always a good plan. Here you’ll find the fresh produce, meats, dairy, and seafood. Venture into the aisles for oils and spices to compliment the fresh ingredients.
It Is Preventative Medicine
In the US the annual health care expenses related to obesity is $150 billion, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Worldwide this number is over $1 trillion annu- ally. These numbers are staggering, and sobering when you think of all the individual lives that are being negatively impacted by obesity.
Rather than waiting for you and your family members to experience the health risks relat- ed to obesity, start your own mission to cook
simple meals at home and redirect your future. Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
It Reduces Body Fat
Eating at home is also one of the best ways to reduce your body fat. Meals eaten at home con- tain an average of 200 calories less than meals eaten out. Let me tell you, a reduction in 200+ calories per meal will quickly translate to pounds lost!
Start today, and don’t be afraid to start small. Pick one meal that you’ll make at home either today or tomorrow, and write down your simple menu and grocery list. And let’s not forget the place that a challenging, consistent exercise pro- gram has in your quest for good health and a fit physique. My programs are specially designed to blast fat and to build muscle in all the right places.
Fight Age-Related Muscle Loss
As you age your muscle mass naturally dwin- dles. This process, called sarcopenia, begins as early as 20 and can ramp up to 0.4 lb loss in mus- cle each year by age 50.
There is a solution to fight off sarcopenia and to maintain your muscles: exercise your muscles with an assortment of resistance train- ing modalities. Consistency is key – the muscle building benefits of each workout ends after about 48 hours.
Keep challenging your muscles and they will repay you with ageless strength!
My programs are designed with your overall lifestyle in mind and I’m here to get you (and keep you) in your best shape ever! Call me at (269) 967-6300 or email me at troysfitnesspros@hot- to get started on a fitness program that’s specially designed for you. Let’s do this!
CareWell Services Southwest - Region 3B Area Agency on Aging Announces
Senior Project fresh
– Silver Star at 1:30pm – Battle Creek – Cherry Hill Manor at 9:00 a.m. –
Battle Creek
– Kellogg Manor at 9am – Battle Creek
– Village of Mill Creek at 2pm – Battle Creek – Westbrook Place at 9am – Battle Creek
– Bent Tree at 10am – Battle Creek
– Bedford Manor at 9am & 2pm –
Battle Creek
– Athens Village Hall at 11am – Athens – Marshall House Apartments at 1pm –
– Springview Towers at 9am & 2pm –
Battle Creek
– Barneyville at 10am – Homer
– Huron Potawatomi Tribe at 12pm – Fulton – Forks Senior Center at 9am – Albion
– Maple Grove Apartments at 1pm – Homer – Lakeview Meadows at 10am – Battle Creek – Heritage Commons at 10am - Marshall
– Community Action Commodities Distribution
at 9am – Battle Creek
– Jolly Green Junction at 2pm – Albion
Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, d/b/a CareWell Services Southwest, will be distributing Senior Project FRESH coupons again this year. Senior Project FRESH assists low-income older adults in purchasing fresh, Michigan grown, fruits and vegetables by distributing $20 in coupons that can be redeemed at local farmers’ markets.
Senior Project FRESH is a program initiated through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with administration provided by CareWell Services SW and additional support provided by the Battle Creek Community Foundation. The program benefits Calhoun County’s older adults age 60 and over whose gross income is below 185% of the poverty level. For a one person household that would be a monthly gross income below $1,860 and monthly income below $2,504 for a two person household. Contact CareWell Services SW for larger household size income limits (income requirements subject to change July 1, 2018).
In order to qualify, seniors complete a simple registration application. On the day of the distribution they attend a short informational session about the benefits of healthy eating and receive instructions on how to use their coupons. At the informational class, each person will be issued one coupon book, worth $20 to
be used at local farmers’ markets to purchase Michigan grown produce, herbs or honey. In order to qualify for the coupon books, recipients must attend the short nutrition information session at the beginning of their distribution event. We will be partnering with Sprout Battle Creek to provide Sprout Boxes for those with transportation issues. Details will be provided at coupon distribution sites.
COUPONS ARE LIMITED and will be distributed
while supplies last. Contact CareWell Services SW at 269-966-2450 for more information. Distribution dates and locations are below. There is no need to call in advance to preregister. Calhoun County seniors living in the community should attend a distribution at the senior housing location nearest their home.
• June 1 • June 4
• June 5 • June 5 • June 6 • June 12 • June 13
• June 14 • June 14
• June 15
• June 20 • June 20 • June 21 • June 21 • June 22 • June 27 • July 24
• July 26

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