Restaurants Can Offer Healthy Choices
Yesterday, I decided to check out a restaurant that advertises, "Greek, American & Mediterranean Cuisine" offering Diabetic and Low Carb Choices. The owner is excited about her new adventure in healthy choices. The waitress spent some time at our table explaining how people are asking for "sweet potatoes" instead of white potatoes. When I gave her my card with the blog site and book title, she called the chef and said that the owner would be happy to talk to me, but she wasn’t in at the time. I am hopeful and offered to spend time with these people to start a revolution in culinary arts which may be the beginning of a turn around in our eating habits.
The chef is 23 and that is good because he is still open-minded about accepting advice and has the desire to be a part of this new and exciting way to prepare food and offer healthy choices. I explained that we were willing to help in any way we can and that I would recommend any restaurant to start by getting away from fried foods, mashed potatoes w/gravy and corn. The change will not come easy, but this restaurant has the ingredients necessary to make that leap. The location is great and the parking is more than ample. The restaurant size is workable and spacious, but not too large. They already are offering sugar-free desserts and the Greek dishes we ordered were very low in fat and sodium.
My dream is to find restaurants offering healthy choices and changing preparation to include steaming, poaching, broiling and crock-pot cooking. Like the revolution that eliminated smoking from restaurants, this will not be easy. People will claim that it won’t sell. They will claim loss of customers and people’s right to eat bad food. People eat Chinese food, Greek food, French, English, Italian and American food, so why can’t they eat "Healthy Food?" This was no accident, just the first of many attempts to satisfy the market for healthy foods. These changes are an answer to "leaning toward the dream." The U.S. has just dropped from 25th to 29th in ranking the longevity of Americans as compared to the other industrialized nations of the world.
Changing your eating habits involves changing your cravings for sugar, fried foods, pizza, beer, alcohol, French fries, candy, cake, bread and fatty red meat, amongst others. Restaurants are addicted to the fast food preparation of greasy fried foods. Time costs when you are paying employees by the hour and people anxiously await the arrival of their food. Satisfied customers are those who stay long enough to finish the meal and pay the check. The expensive stainless steel kitchen is designed for efficiency, not necessarily for healthy cooking. I worked in restaurants for almost six years and so I know the intricacy of the environment that makes money for the owner and jobs for the workers.
The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. as 37th amongst the industrialized nations of the world. Disease is running rampant and obesity and diabetes are destroying young and old alike. We are suffering from an epidemic of illness related to the foods we eat and the source of drinking water. Will our government respond to this problem or wait for the crisis to grow?
You can start by insisting that eating out is not eating junk food and destroying your immune system with sugar and your arteries with fried foods. You can choose sweet potatoes over mashed white potatoes and green peas or beans over corn. You can ask for fresh lemons and water as a beverage. Choose broiled fish over fried fish and grilled chicken with dark green salads that include endive, dandelion leaves, baby spinach and radicchio. You can start to change your lipid profile by changing your eating habits and using fewer prescription drugs.