Are healthy foods making you fat? Are they preventing you from losing weight?
First, let’s first start with the definition of “healthy” foods. Ask 20 people and you’ll get 20 different answers. Ask 20 registered dietitian nutritionists and you’d get only a slight variation on: real foods.
And while most of us don’t mind a certain amount of processing (frozen vegetables come to mind) a lot of processing, puffed up cheese doodlies, spell trouble. So, if your diet is made up of real food your grandmother would recognize, it’s likely a good choice.
We don’t need to shop in the organic aisle, the health food aisle or even the health food store. Healthy foods are at your grocery around the perimeter. Now that I think of it, you shouldn’t be food shopping at your gas station either.
But, the second half of the equation is: what do you do to that “real” food? If the strawberries get topped with whipped cream, it’s not a health food anymore. It’s a dessert. If the oatmeal that we know is healthy ends up swimming in pancake syrup and cream (just to make it palatable), why not just have a piece of cake? Ditto on those veggies. If you can’t enjoy that cauliflower until it’s deep-fat fried and swimming in cheese sauce, that’s a problem.
So as you’re analyzing your own diet…start at the grocery. From what aisle did you get that package? And, how will you prepare it?
It’s not an all-or-none proposition, our food should be tasty and enjoyable, but let’s be honest. That healthy plain popcorn is not healthy once it becomes caramel corn.
Think and plan to be well,