Writer Maggie Fazeli Fard brilliantly explains the struggle of finding and eating healthy food, including depending on diet foods like prepackaged meals, low-fat food and other “solutions” that left her hungry. Each diet was like a new adventure, but as she lost and gained weight, she didn’t realize that fad foods were hurting her health, not helping it.
Her solution was to prepare more meals at home and eat more fresh foods, two steps that anyone can adopt. Her new food habits are backed up by studies like the one recently published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, which links cooking at home to lower weight and less sickness (such as diabetes). People who cook at home are better able to control portions and fat in their meals and are much healthier than those who eat out.