What are your plans for Labor Day weekend?
If you’re like most Americans, then you’re probably wrapping up this summer with family fun and lots of food. But maybe you’re worried about overstuffing yourself during the long weekend. If you worked hard on your health and body all summer long, then you don’t want to sabotage your efforts. So what can you do to keep your appetite in check? How about we take a nutrition lesson from the first official U.S. Labor Day in 1894? How did people eat way back then? Well, according to NY Times food writer Mark Bittman, during this era:
• There were no food chains or national food brands
• Most – if not all – meals were home cooked
• There were no snack or frozen foods
• Food products rarely contained more than one or two ingredients
You see, these people were “forced” to eat natural, local foods. They didn’t have the “luxury” of heavily processed foods. The same “luxury” that today contributes to pandemic-level health problems. So with that in mind, here’s what you can do to eat better this Labor Day weekend:
1. Cook from scratch: It may take longer – but hey – at least you’ll know exactly what’s going into your body. Plus, you can make a family event out of it. You’ll have a blast and get to teach your kids about healthy eating.
2. Use whole ingredients: For example, use whole wheat flour instead of white. The white stuff has very little nutrition because it’s heavily refined. You want to go for foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.
3. And don’t forget to sprinkle your SENSA®! (Get your free* trial now)
So there you go. Who would’ve thought the 1890s could teach us anything about proper eating?