Consumer Beware

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Technology has provided us with luxury and convenience. We can now go to any grocery store and find fresh produce, some international cuisine and the nutritional wasteland caused by the "Western diet."

According to Michael Pollen author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In the Defense of Food," the "Western diet" is industrialized food, reconstituted, repackaged and redefined to conform with the latest whims of nutritional science. The industrialization of food is good for business. And business is good. Anyone catch 60 minutes', "The Flavorists: Tweaking tastes and creating cravings" last Sunday, November 27th? (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57330816/the-flavorists-tweaking-tastes-and-creating-cravings/). The title kind of sums it up; it's a very interesting special about the art of concocting addictive flavors. No wonder it's a challenge to make healthy decisions about food. Our most basic internal instincts tell us to seek foods that are enjoyable.

The "Flavorists" are merely a piece of an industry designed to enthrall our taste buds and make us into repeat consumers. So consumer beware and get your head in the game.

STEP 1: If it's in your house, you will eat it. Set yourself up for success.

STEP 2: Keep trail mix, granola, skim cheese sticks, unsalted nuts, dried fruit or fresh fruit in your place of work/study and mode of transport, whether it's a bag or a car. A snack can help you make a better decision about a meal!

STEP 3: Get inspired about food, eating well will keep your waist and medical bills SMALL

STEP 4: HYDRATE ALL DAY EVERYDAY... 64 fl oz. is the minimum amount of water your body needs to function optimally