A Health Epidemic: What is Going On?

There is an information and misinformation overload throughout the world. Too much information about food can be as useless as no information at all.

There is an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, malnutrition and other health challenges, despite television shows, government focus, diet pills, dietary supplements, liquid diets, fat burning products, exercise equipment, weight loss surgeries, weight loss programs, healthy food products, healthy recipes, healthy menus and health campaigns.

Something is not adding up, even as weight gain continues to rise.

There is an information and misinformation overload throughout the world. Too much information can be as useless as no information at all. People have been crying out for practical information as a usable guide for their food choices. Much of the good information that exists is not being translated into positive action.

Millions of people struggle with food. They deprive themselves and still gain weight. People suffer in silence. We believe that people are fabulous at every age, size, shape and weight. Many are looking for a responsible way to enjoy food and are sincere in their efforts to make progress in this area of concern.

See if you have heard any of the following challenges expressed below:

“Why does it seem like I am eating less and gaining more?”

“I have given up some of my favorite foods and don’t have desserts or snacks and still gain weight.”

“I have been on every kind of yo-yo diet and within a certain number of months, it seems like I just gain back what I have lost.”

“I feel like I am hungry and still putting on pounds. I have lost 20, 30 and 50 pounds at different times in my life, only to put them back on. Nothing seems sustainable!”

“I feel miserable, grouchy, grumpy and hungry all the time, without anything to show for it.”

“It’s not critical to me that I lose any weight, I just don’t want to gain any weight.”

“I don’t think I’m overweight but am I healthy? I don’t seem to have enough energy throughout the day.”

“I am afraid to be around food.”

“Don’t tell me comfort food. Comfort for awhile and then the food is all over my body.”

“I have tried eating fewer meals to cut down on my calories but by the time I eat, I’m so starved that I shovel in the food and have no idea how much food I’ve eaten.”

“I’m too busy with responsibilities with work and family to do what I think is right for myself.”

“How much exercise can I do? I’m in the gym for hours and my ankles and knees are aching and I still gain weight.”

“I’m eating the food that was prepared for me and delivered to my home but I just don’t understand why it’s not working.”

“I gave up years ago, it seemed like a hopeless cause.”

“I’ve cooked all my life and many of my recipes require that I add sodium. Even with the new types of salt, the sodium can still be pretty high. I feel guilty about this but it’s the only way I know how to cook. How can I learn to create my own healthy, low sodium recipes?”

“I feel OK about my weight but would like to hear more about healthy cooking ideas and recipes and how to cook with spices and herbs.”

These kinds of questions and concerns that people have expressed are reflected in millions of people’s lives and helped to inspire us to share our experiences with others.

Here is a fundamental question that we have answered for ourselves:

“Is it OK to enjoy food? YES!”

Before we embarked on our culinary journey, we noted many of the problems and weaknesses of past approaches to food. Out of an information overload of contradictory ideas, we charted our own course in life.

Some of the greatest confusion comes from misunderstanding or misdirection. People may be aware of concerns about high calories, high fat, high sugar, high sodium and other concerns. It is important to read the nutritional labels and to be careful. Sometimes, food may be listed as reduced in one area of concern and remain high in one or more of the others. It may be listed as low in calories and be high in sodium or listed as low in sodium and be high in sugar, calories and fat.

Confusion in this area has undermined millions of people for years.

We try not to be blindsided and verify the contents on the labels, before making food choices for the family, even when food is advertised as “healthy.” Although we eat a variety of meat, fish, poultry, starch, vegetables, fruit, grains, and other foods, we try to find the lowest in all categories of sodium, sugar, calories, fat and any other concerns.

We carefully choose those foods from typical supermarkets and grocery stores and create a way of preparing an unlimited variety of delicious and nutritious meals with spices and herbs every day.

It is just a wonderful and responsible way to prepare and eat the foods that our family has always enjoyed. Everyone has an opportunity to develop a responsible way to enjoy food for better health in a way that fits within a busy lifestyle.

Mary Jo and Chris Sarro

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