You see and hear it everywhere. It is in magazines while you are waiting in the checkout isle telling you what’s healthy and what’s not. Or from your best friends mom’s sister who’s telling you about a new diet fad that promises you will drop 6 dress sizes. It can be get SO confusing on what to eat right?
I do not like to classify foods as “good” and “bad”…or “healthy” and “unhealthy.” I like to think of it like this: Some foods contain more fiber, vitamins, and minerals than what other foods may contain. These are foods that contain more of the desired nutrients as opposed to foods with some undesirable nutrients such as saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugars.
For example…you go to Dog House Grill and you get a mouth watering tri tip sandwich that is totally worth the $10. You may be thinking, “I’m being so bad ordering this, but I’ll work out an hour more tomorrow.” Yes, it is true its going to have some fat and cholesterol but you are also meeting protein and iron needs so it’s not “bad for you.” If you’re maybe overweight or have other health risks this may be a different story (haha but moderation is key). Now…apples and brussels sprouts are “good for me” foods right? They provide vitamins, fiber and essential nutrients for very little calories. But they do not provide protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, or sodium…which your body needs. If your diet was just composed of these apples and brussels sprouts…you would not be leading a healthy lifestyle.
Are you catching my drift here? Just because a food is labeled from society as healthy and unhealthy…does not mean you have to exclude entire food groups. It is important to be thinking of your diet in moderation and balance. Living a healthy lifestyle can mean what you eat…in what amounts…how often…and how much variety you include. It is important to make smart choices from all food groups so our bodies do not miss out on essential nutrients. Life isn’t so black and white all the time:)
This may seem obvious. But I felt like sharing. People ask me “What’s your opinion on gluten, what’s your opinion on the Paleo diet” and all sorts of fad diet questions. I really like to think a slice of bacon 1-2 times a month is fine. I do not like to exclude food groups. If you can remember variety, moderation, and balance you’ll be fine! There is nothing wrong or bad about meat, dairy, or wheat…
Thank you for reading! I will be headed to Atlanta for FNCE2014 in a few days so I will have exciting things to share when I arrive home!
In good health,