How familiar are you with healthy eating? We all know what the term applies to. And we can all agree we could eat better than we do now. The fact of the matter is we are all familiar with healthy eating to some extent. So it is usually an excuse when we say we do not know how to change our food choices or where we need to start in altering our eating plan, even if we must.

Type 2 diabetes and obesity do not care about your lack of expertise or your choice to remain passive. These two health issues can hit, and often the impact is rough. Consider this a warning if you are not currently a Type 2 diabetic or overweight generally or perhaps just around the abdominal area. It does not matter if you see these health issues coming or not – they strike hard, and it would take a fair amount of time and effort to treat them successfully.

With that said, we want to focus on healthy eating. Even though the term is widely understood, it lacks practice in the general population. How many people do you know actively practicing healthy eating? Forget those who try a new diet or eating plan as part of their New Year's resolutions. Fad diets, or what we like to call temporary diets, are not solutions. They are temporary fixes at best. An overzealous diet is not what we consider healthy eating.

Rather, healthy eating is a lifestyle change. It is a commitment to better health, and it usually starts in the kitchen. There is no avoiding it. If you want to …

  • lose weight,
  • lower your blood sugar, or
  • improve your overall health,

you need to start cooking the right meals and eat the correct quantities. Gone are the days where you can microwave a prepared packaged meal or set an oven timer for a commercial frozen product. While you can still do these things on occasion, you need to be preparing your meals yourself most of the time for the best results. Then you will know the exact content and quantities.

Cooking takes time and we are not all enthusiastic about it. But who said it has to be complicated? Find your staple foods and mix them together …

  • vegetables and whole-wheat pasta are easy to cook.
  • Most meats and proteins are quickly cooked on a stove. And a
  • slow cooker is incredibly efficient, so use one when you can.

Also, why not cook your meals for the entire week on a Sunday? Set aside a few hours and finish all of your weekly cooking at once. Separate cooked portions into Tupperware containers for each day of the week.

Healthy eating is essential, whether we like it or not. There is no avoiding it if we are to be in good shape and extremely live a long, healthy life.