Healthy Eating - Dealing With Barriers to Healthy Eating
Lack of time
Lack of time is a common barrier to
healthy eating. You may tell yourself that you're too busy or that you have
more important things to do than shop for and make healthy meals.
But healthy eating doesn't have to take a lot of time. You can make a
healthy meal just as quickly as an unhealthy one. You just need to plan, have
the right foods on hand, and learn how to cook some quick and healthy
- Ask friends or coworkers who eat
healthfully how they find time.
- Get family members to help you
chop vegetables or make a salad.
- Find a cookbook or recipes for
quick, healthy meals.
- Take a cooking class with a friend or loved
For more information, see:
- Quick Tips: Making Fast, Healthy Meals.
- Healthy Eating: Making Healthy Choices When You Shop.
- Stress Management: Managing Your Time.
Sometimes a food that seems
like a good choice may not be so healthy. A "low-fat" cookie may have less fat,
but it may have as much sugar and as many calories as a regular cookie. Potato
chips that are "cholesterol-free" may still have a lot of fat, calories, and
Nutrition Facts label on packaged, canned, and frozen
foods to help you make healthy choices. The label lists the
nutrients, including the fat, salt, and sugar in each
serving, and it tells you how many servings are in the package.
out more about
health claims on food labels.
If you want
to learn more, talk with your doctor or meet with a