As stressful as life can be, it can be even more stressful when you take a look at the current state of healthcare in the United States. When you are healthy, you don’t ever give it a second thought. But if you happen to have the misfortune of dealing with medical issues, good luck. We may be a country of abundance when it comes to food, but that is both a blessing and a curse.

Everything today is designed with convenience in mind. With our schedules and life much different than the traditional 9 to 5 model, eating has become a source of instant gratification. As the day-to-day wears on each of us, we look to food for some type of comfort. Most of us eat on the run and rarely are able to sit without the computer, television, or other outside distractions. The food industry has capitalized on this and knows we buy food that is convenient, even if it isn’t a healthy choice.

There may be more and more healthy options available than ever before, but you will find it difficult to pay your mortgage each month if you decide to go organic or opt for only natural foods. Some experts may argue that it doesn’t cost more to eat healthy, but I wonder where these people live or what they consider eating. Thanks to the higher costs, we have become a country that relies on processed foods and water of questionable quality.

More and more medical issues and conditions can be traced to lifestyle and dietary habits. This, along with the rising costs of healthcare, should be enough to convince people to start taking better care of themselves. But unfortunately these facts are doing little to slow the epidemic of obesity and its related diseases. Today there are more children that are overweight. According to the CDC, nearly 1 child in 3 in the United States is overweight or obese, which can lead to serious health problems.

The answer is not in waiting until the medical community has it all figured out and can cure you of whatever ailment you have. There are countless benefits from eating healthy, and even though it may cost you a little more, it will save you more than enough in the long run. Start small with simple changes like dropping soda or sugary drinks from your menu and cut out the red meat. This is merely a suggestion, but trying this for at least a month will give you an idea about how much or little you need to change going forward. Remember when in doubt, check with your trusted healthcare professional.

Yours in Health,

Keith Pacific