Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
(I just realized that I posted these tips on my blog a couple of years ago, but it never hurts to have a refresher course, right?!) So here, once again, are the foods we should avoid:
1. HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
The biggest culprit is soft drinks. It is not good for you for the simple reason that it causes a spike in your blood sugar levels, which eventually leads to a drop in blood sugar levels, a major cause of overeating. The sugar highs and lows also cause your body to store excess insulin, which leads to weight gain and possibly diabetes and heart disease.
Refined sugar is nothing more than empty calories that make you crave more and more sugary foods. You never feel satisfied after eating sugar because there is no nutrient value whatsoever in sugar.
3. ENRICHED FLOUR
"Enriched" means that all of the important vitamins and minerals have been removed, and then a few added back in to call it enriched. There is little to no nutrient value in this, so choose breads and pastas that say "whole grain" instead of "enriched white".
4. SATURATED FATS
Fatty meats and deep fried foods are high in these bad fats, so eat them sparingly or not at all.
5. TRANS FATS
Also called hydrogenated fats. These are fats that have had hydrogen added to them to keep them solid at room temperature. Can be found in margarine, butter, and many processed foods, although they are becoming less common as more and more consumers are demanding they be taken out of foods.
MORE HEALTHY EATING AND SHOPPING TIPS:
Plan your menu for the week before you go to the store, make a list of what you will need and take it with you to the store.
Avoid the center aisles of the grocery store! The center aisles contain all of the packaged, processed and sugary foods that are bad for you. Shop the perimeter where the fresh fruits, veggies, and recently alive foods are found.
Remember, you are what you eat -- so eat things that were recently alive and you will feel alive when you eat them!
Eat a variety of fresh foods in all colors, flavors and textures.
Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. When your body lacks rest, it craves carbs and sugar to give it energy. This leads to making bad food choices.
Experiment with food. Try new things. I recently learned that I like kale, a vegetable that I had never tried before, and that I love asparagus, a food I thought I hated! So be willing to let go of preconceptions and old habits and try something different!! It's fun!