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21 May

Weekly Health Challenge: Stop Tastebud Death

This week, save your waistline and your palate: avoid the take-out and restaurant fare.

If you typically go out to lunch, consider brown-bagging it. (Exception: if going out to lunch serves a healthy and important social function for you, just be sure to stick with sensible salads.)

If you order pizza for dinner or rely on too many ready-made meals – yes, Amy’s Kitchen still counts – this is the week to stop that habit. Treat yourself to meals you make yourself that are healthy and light. Making your own meals saves you cash, calories, and cr…well, you get the idea.

And as far as the 20 or 30 minutes it takes to cook? Switch your perspective. The time is not a drag – it’s a simple, forgotten way to decompress and relax after a stressful day at work.

The thing about many restaurant selections and ready-made foods is that they are relentlessly uniform in flavor. I know that the More Cowbell aspect of menu options these days (spice! sour! Asian! fusion!) makes it seem that there’s flavor, but in reality, many of these foods are just a tired combination of the same old salt, sugar and artificial flavors. Test this out for yourself. When you eat fresh, whole, simple foods for a week or two, you’ll quickly pick up on the manufactured, chemical tastes – and disturbing mouth sensations – of prepared foods.

In a nutshell, the reasons to make your own chow are many:

1. Cheaper.

2. No-brainer stress reliever after 9 hours with that co-worker.

3. Stops tastebud death.

4. Fewer calories.

5. Healthier: less sugar, trans fat and sodium.

Need recipe ideas? Check out Aaron’s “Healthy Tastes Great!” selections. ‘Cause it does.

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  1. This is one of my favorite challenges.I’ve eating pretty much “primal” all my life and only eat in restaurants for special ocasions.I Love to be able to cook all kinds of wonderful,nutricious meals for my family and still spend less $money than anybody that i know.I love mixing up spices and trying new “primal” flavors. I Love to Grok.Thank you Mark for all the great and helpful information you provide us cave people.:-) ps. My English is not the Best but i will work on writing my success history for you to share.Thank You!

    alexandra wrote on November 30th, 2012

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