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Eating healthier is not usually the first choice. According to the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. The close proximity of fast food restaurants contributes to people wanting something quick. Eating healthy and having a balanced diet should become a habit.

Since 1988, restaurant chains such as Taco Bell, KFC, McDonalds and Burger King have offered lower-priced menu items. In 2002, McDonalds launched it first value menu, calling it the “Dollar Menu.” A value menu is a group of lower priced  items designed to get the average person to spend more money while making it seem like they’re getting more for less, or a “form of discount.”

If you insist on stopping at your favorite fast food restaurant, try healthier substitutions. Instead of getting a burger and fries, get the burger with apple slices, a plain baked potato, or a salad. Don’t always ask for the soda with the most sugar, try something different. It’s always a good choice to get a diet soda or a lemonade. Water is always a great option. An article written in The Daily Green said soda is linked to pancreatic cancer or increased liver decline. You can still enjoy your favorite restaurants, just with healthier options.

Whenever I decide to have something fast traveling between classes or left my lunch at home, I try to think of places with healthier substitutions. One of my favorite places to eat is Wendy’s. Wendy’s give you a variety of menu items, with a matching substitution menu for those wanting something other than the  regular french fries.

Eating from the five basic food groups is a great way to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. The five basic food groups are: vegetables, fruits, grains (whole wheats), diary and protein (lean meats, eggs, poultry). The amount you need from each groups varies determining your age and level of activity. If you could follow the building blocks for a healthier you, skipping out on your favorite fast food meal wouldn’t hurt.

Are you eating right?


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