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A Fast Food Diet

Could it be true? Are Americans dieting from fast food? A report from the Centers for Disease Control has my hopes up. Their study showed a reduction in Adult caloric intake from fast food. It shows that the average percentage of adults consuming fast foods went from 12.8% (from 2003 to 2006) to a thinner 11.3% (in years 2007 through 2010).

This gives me hope that our obsessions with McDonald’s fries, Wendy’s Frostys, Taco Bell tacos and Burger King Whoppers are no longer going to control our wallets or waistlines. So, I wonder and dream; could this be the beginning of a rising and united group of Americans who are becoming more health conscious and financially effective by choosing to spend their dollar on healthier foods?

Well, there is a little confusion as to how best to interpret the findings provided by the CDC study. These results may be confirmation that public health messages are hitting home with people. However, they could just as easily reflect the financial stress most of us experienced during our most recent U.S. economic crisis.

I choose to believe that the decreased percentage is attributable to us learning more about healthy eating and that maybe we are beginning to choose more salads or healthy alternatives over fries and hamburgers. Still, the cost-related scenario (more people eating at home to save a buck) does have some merit. I guess if there were also research numbers indicating fewer people are actually avoiding the fast food restaurants altogether, we would have a more concrete hypothesis.

In any case, in our busy and fast paced world, it's no longer about ‘where’ you go out to eat. It's about making the right choices once you're there. Of course, the first -and always the healthiest choice- is a home cooked meal, but if restaurant or fast food dining chain is the only option; dine there sparingly.

It’s your life – Live it completely!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!
 

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