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Cooking at Home for Healthy Living and Better Nutrition

•You can better control things like portion size, salt, butter, sugar, etc.
•You can better assure that the food is prepared under sanitary conditions.
•You can better control where the food was purchased and whether it is organic.
•You can cook more to the tastes and needs of your family (are they overweight, are they marathon runners, what foods do they snack on, etc.).
•You can save a lot of money if you do it correctly.

Neely and Kleyne concur that natural, whole foods are healthier than prepared and processed foods and that the cheapest food by far is farm fresh, locally grown whole produce. Both women strongly advocate the health benefits of drinking plenty of water.

According to Hinson Neely, many people are intimidated by the process of meal planning, shopping and cooking. Her book offers many tips that make the process less stressful, less time consuming and more fun. She suggests worrying less about calories, proteins and fat grams and concentrating on macronutrients and balance (with the proper percentages of vegetables, meats, grains, fruits, etc). She also suggests not worrying too much about "following the recipe" but instead, looking for ways to modify recipes to the tastes and needs of your own family.

Neely notes that children are more likely to eat vegetables they've grown themselves. She agrees with Sharon Kleyne that sugar, salt and fats are addictive and unhealthy, and that they diminish enjoyment of other foods.

Neely's suggestions for good meal planning:

  •     No junk food.
  •     Know how to read labels.
  •     Know what "natural" and "organic" mean.
  •     Make "cents" out of organic foods.
  •     Decide on whole foods versus processed.
  •     Eat cheap and healthy.

The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water is broadcast live on Mondays, 10 a.m., PST/PDT. The syndicated talk show is heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes. Go to for written summaries and on-demand podcast replays.

Book: Neely, MH, Eat In, Not Out, Booktrope, 2012

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