Friday, September 18, 2015

Let's Talk About Trends!

When it comes to nutrition, everyone has an opinion on the latest trends, what super foods work for them, to even what food should be eaten at what time and followed by what beverage to help lose weight.  Food trends.  Do they work?  Are they healthy?  Just because life gets complicated, does that mean so should our food?  I know morning television shows, internet popups, and all the ads we hear and read tend to blur the concept of healthy eating, but I bet if we all took a moment to recall what we were taught in elementary school, eating could be one less worry we have during the day. 

Eat your fruits and vegetables.  Grab an apple or a banana instead of the bag of chips you have in your hand right now (wiping off an apple takes just as much time as it does to open that bag – and hey, look!  NO GREASE!!!).  Eat whole grains.  Grab the turkey sandwich with bread that has those specks in it…trust me – they won’t kill you!  Incorporate fish, beans, lean meats, and nuts.  Try to limit foods that have added sugars and are high in saturated fats.  Have some dairy!  No, not an entire pint of Häagen-Dazs (however I am not disputing there are those rare occasions where you sometimes just have to), but yogurt, low-fat cheeses, and low-fat and fat-free milk.    And finally, variety.  Eat a wide variety of foods and colors.  The more variety that you eat, the more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals your body will be able to have and use.   

Am I saying the latest quinoa craze is wrong or that there are no advantages to coconut oil or juicing?  Absolutely not.  But why make eating such a pain?  Start small and make healthier choices, while still allowing room for those indulgences.  YOLO.  You only live once.  Enjoy what you do, what you eat, and try to make it all count!

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