Reason for this is I was the typical strict “clean eater”, thinking that anything that was processed, manufactured, contained sugar, made with white flour, or contained chemicals was going to kill you. Or at least ruin your fitness goals!
Fun fact: 100% of food is made from chemicals.
After years studying every piece of nutritional literature I could get my hands on, I learned through science that “clean eating” wasn’t the only way.
Should the majority of your diet consist of these things? Probably not, but in moderation these types of foods can help you adhere to a nutritional plan, make eating little more enjoyable, and have surprising health benefits.
WHY DO I CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT?
Because I do! I care about helping people and I know that completely restricting certain foods, in thought that they are “bad,” can cause unnecessary difficulties in meal planning or social events.
Dieting and eating healthy can be hard enough as it is so why make it harder than it needs to be?! Also, labeling foods as “bad” and restricting them can make you desire to eat them even more. We all know how that story ends.
A 2002 study from the “Appetite” Journal, showed that restrictive diets had a far higher correlation with eating disorders, body image concern, and altered mood.
Humans do not do well with restrictions. We are like children, and when we don’t get what we want and have the chance to rebel, all hell can break loose!!
Having an understanding of that you can have foods that you thought were considered “bad” or “unhealthy” without causing danger or ruining your goals, may result in lowering the novelty.
In nutrition there is nothing black and white, everything is gray. (watch for my next blog, 50 shades of whey…kidding)
There are triggers foods that can take you off your diet and those may need to be avoided. A lot of this, however; has to do with perception and sometimes a transition in educating ourselves and learning moderation.
The 6 foods below is not an attempt to convince you to eat any certain type of foods, but to share another perspective and education for you to make your own decisions.
OK….WE GOT IT, NOW ON TO THE LIST!
Why did I choose this list? Well, every food in here has at some point in recent years, been demonized for its supposed ill effects on health or body composition, yet like so many foods out there, none of them have any inherent dangers when eaten in moderation, and in the context of a diet that’s balanced and nutrient-dense.
1. FAST FOOD:
Let’s start with a doozy and get your attention and possible outrage.
Yes, I’m aware how horrible fast food is for you, and not asking you to make this your only food choice. However, there are benefits to eating fast food and in moderation is completely safe.
I always suggest meal prepping, but suppose this scenario happens:
You are in a rush to leave the house and accidently left your Six Pack cooler full of perfectly portioned Tupperware goodies of chicken and broccoli! What the hell are you going to do!? You don’t have time to hit up your local natural grocery store or bake some tilapia, but you can swing through subway.
“No, subway is horrible; I’ll gain weight looking at it. I read their bread has ingredients used in making yoga mats!” But, with your tummy growling like a pitbull fighting over a 100% organic milk-bone, you have no choice.
Guess what? You pick up a great low calorie meal, that satisfies your hunger, taste great and doesn’t ruin your day or your progress… It can happen.
Hopefully you live in the world where you can always prepare all your foods for the entire week and you never have to go to fast food or meet people at one, but reality is you may not always be prepared or be able to avoid social situations. This goes for restaurants, too. Fast food is probably not the best choice based on most of the meal choices are high calorie and nutritiously void, but if you do research to make “good” fast food choices ( balanced and low calorie) they can fit within moderation of an overall healthy diet.
Being “healthy” involves being able to exercise moderation and control over foods, knowing that fast food can have a place in your plan, interacting with friends and family, and maintaining perspective. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Benefits- Certain choices can be surprising low calorie, easily available and fast, curve cravings allowing you to adhere to your nutrition plan, helps lower chances of binging, and keeps you from avoiding social gatherings. Click here for a FREE PDF download to help you make healthier orders at fast food restaurants.
If you thought No. 1 was shocking, click here for the rest by Raymond Elliott!