One of the main reasons people struggle with eating healthy is because of how busy they are. I get it! Cooking oftentimes gets put on the back burner (no pun intended). We opt for fast food and preprepared items where we have no control over nutrient content. In tandem, we are marketed products that appear healthy when they really aren't. Given all this, I encourage you to find one small change you can make to cook more. For example, I finally found an iRobot - Roomba vacuum at Costco for $399.99 (down from $999.99). The average cost of my family of 4 to eat out is $45 (a little over $10/person). It would only take 8 times of cooking at home to pay for the Roomba. While the Roomba is vacuuming, I can cook. Boom! You can do it!
There's not just one contributing factor to obesity. Calorie-in vs. calorie-out gets a ton of warranted attention. Beyond that, things such as stress affect how efficient one's metabolism is. Stress specifically affects hormones such as cortisol in kids that can lead to changes in how their bodies use glucose, and changes are not necessarily good.
We may not need lab work to identify stress. Eating habits oftentimes can be a good indicator. Stress takes the cake as far as emotional eating (from anger, boredom, etc.) is concerned. Physicians say that being mindful is key in managing stress and any emotional eating effects that come along with it.
Ways you can be mindful to stay healthy:
Yep! I really do.
Registered Dietitian, Austinite, Mom with a 2-yr old, Dog lover