Today I'd like to share a fun game I found in an article that was shared with me over the weekend. Would you believe that making food choices during meals is similar to playing a game of chess?
Think about it, you might make a split minute decision for what looks like a great move only to see that a few turns later you were all wrong. Diet can be viewed in a similar way. For example, the choices you make today aren't going to affect you as dramatically right away but 5, 10, even 15 years later these choices even as simple as what you ate from day to day will effect your health and longevity for the rest of your life. If you consume a diet made primarily of simple carbohydrates and /or processed foods you increase your risk of struggling with weight gain, diabetes, and cholesterol in the long-term. Where as if you take the time to think about your foods and make quality food you will dramatically decrease your risk for health concerns later in life.
As I opened with this was a cool email from a patient asking me to check out this article in the New Your Times. This article is specifically about added sugar to foods in the average consumers diet including both healthful and unhealthful choices. The article runs the reader through a meal building game that covers a full day of meal choices. These choices are derived of foods found in most grocery stores with a variety of options to pick through. After the reader makes their selection they are then prompted with the details that represent their meal. This is a great way to test your skills and see how much added sugar you are now eating vs how much you may have eaten in the past. Try for yourself: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/30/opinion/sunday/how-much-sugar-can-you-avoid-today.html