It's no wonder eating out is on the rise.
Let's look at just one of those meal related tasks - couponing. A recent study of online coupons discovered that just 4% were for fruits and veggies. Prepared meals were covered by 14% of available coupons and, no surprise, 25% of coupons were for snacks, candies and desserts. The authors posed that grocers can, in fact, influence dietary patterns.Just like the advice to not buy unhealthy foods - as in, if you don't buy them, you won't eat them - and healthy meals come from healthy shopping carts - don't cut coupons for unhealthy foods.
Similarly, let mainstream dietary advice be the influence on your dietary patterns - make half your plate fruits and veggies. Make half your grains whole grains. In this case, in a much more positive, pro-active way, you have to buy it to eat it. If you fill up your plate (or your shopping cart) with the good stuff, you might find you don't have room for the unhealthy stuff.
Source: Preventing Chronic Disease, 2013