Food is delicious, social, enchanting, tempting, artistic, and…confusing! There are so many choices out there, and we are trying to do the best we can to eat healthy. The supermarket can be overwhelming and daunting. Working late, dealing with weariness from a long day of running errands, prepping for tests and presentations can all lead to unhealthy choices later in the day. But what if we thought we were making well-informed decisions on our food? What if we thought the foods we were choosing to eat were good for us? What if I told you that may not be the case? Please take a few minutes to learn if some health foods out there are making us fat, and what we can do to alter the choices we are making before we take the next bite!
Soy: Soy is actually a GMO food. (Genetically Modified Food.) Unfermented soy can affect your thyroid function and disrupt protein digestion. Soy is expensive and difficult to find organically. I now believe it is just best avoided unless organic. If you do use it in your diet, do so sparingly and look for non-GMO organic soy.
Products to avoid:
Soy infant formula
Textured Vegetable Protein – TVP
Products with MSG
If you are looking for more information on this interesting and controversial topic check out this link.
Flavored Yogurt Products: These products are loaded with added sugar. If you are looking to sweeten up your low-fat, plain yogurt, you can add a little honey and your own fresh fruit!
Pretzels: Often advertised as low-fat and healthy, these sneaky little devils are simply refined white flour. White foods wreak havoc on your diet. Think of white food as, white flour, white sugar, white rice, and white potatoes. Buyer beware!!
Muffins: I love to bake and I love to come up with healthy alternative concoctions to what we can buy in the store or at the Starbucks counter. If you are not making your own muffins from scratch, expect to find refined white flour, refined white sugar, vegetable oils, and many other hard to pronounce ingredients. The Starbuck’s Banana Nut Muffin may leave you hungry and saying “whoops!” at 444 Calories, 16 grams of Fat, 67 grams of Carbs, and 7 grams of protein. Thought you were making a good choice on a busy morning? Think again!
Sushi Rolls: Choose wisely here as many rolls are filled with cream cheese and brightly colored mayo dressings. Many of the inside goodies may be tempura-battered. This will leave us at a caloric addition of 500-600 on a standard roll. Be picky and ask your server for help in staying healthy and clear of these easy diet mishaps. Another threat; the soy sauce. (There is that soy again!) Loaded with sodium, you may gain a pound or two of water weight overnight and wake up feeling bloated.
Bottled Tea: Watch out here for added sugars and artificial sweeteners. When you are reading your labels also note that one bottle can contain 2 servings or more. That can bring the calorie count up to near a bottle of soda pop. For optimization of the health and happiness of tea, please check out Namastea Co. Select from their delicious blends or create your own recipe for a holistic approach to drinking that cup without the added sugars bottled tea can bombard you with!
Diet Microwave Meals: These meals are filled with sodium. You will feel distended and puffy after eating this “health food”. I know you can pack a more wholesome lunch box eating clean whole foods. It may take a few extra minutes, but let’s change our habits and attitudes about where our time is best spent!
Salad: Vegetables in their naked state are amazing and ultra nutritious! However, that can change quickly if we do not look out for creamy high fat and calorie dressings, cheese, and croutons. Undoubtedly, indulging in these toppings with make our healthy salad triple in calories. I like to ask my server for oil and vinegar on the side and making my own oil based dressing at home.
-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
-2 tbs olive oil
-1/2 fresh lemon, squeezed
-1/2 fresh lime, squeezed
– 1 tsp sea salt
Margarine: This is a great topic and I love how this clip breaks down the evidence to help us understand why we should choose Butter over Margarine.
Here is another article on why to stay natural when it comes to your buttery spreads. Please read about how Butter Flavoring May Aggravate Alzheimer’s
Food is confusing! But I believe that by chipping away and learning what we can little by little, we are developing true and lasting change that will result in true and lasting health!
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“Health Myths- Foods You Think Are Healthy but Are Not, Part 1.” Health Myths- Foods You Think Are Healthy but Are Not. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.