High Fructose Corn Syrup
Artificial sweeteners – aspartame, neotame, sucralose
Fried Foods – chip, fries, donuts
White flour foods – pasta, rice, cakes, cookies
The list could go on and on as almost every food you can think of has, at one time or another, been put on the list of “bad” foods that we must avoid. When I work with clients who want to clean up their diets and try to get them to focus on fresh, whole foods, their initial response is many times that they will feel deprived, it will be boring or tasteless.
My husband’s cousin has had quite a few digestive problems in the last several years, including a Celiac disease diagnosis and allergies to dairy, peanuts, bananas and even fish. They were going to visit and I was concerned as to what I could safely serve her. What can someone eat who must avoid all wheat products, dairy, peanuts and fish? Isn’t that going to be a limited, boring diet?
Not hardly! She can eat beef, lamb, buffalo, chicken, turkey, almond or coconut milk, millet or brown rice bread, pretty much any fresh or frozen fruit and vegetable, beans and legumes, gluten free pasta, brown, black, red or green rice (yes, and they’re all delicious) and grain substitutes like quinoa, millet and amaranth.
The plus side of all her digestive challenges was that her husband lost 50 lbs just by eating only what she can eat! So, rather than looking at all the things that are not healthy and that you shouldn’t have – why not focus on all the delicious food you can eat?
You may notice an asterisk next to some of the foods on that list. That’s because they are not necessarily “bad” for you, IF you choose wisely. Intentionally choosing the highest quality food is more of an issue to me. Salt, if it is natural, unprocessed sea salt, is actually very healthy. Dairy, if it comes from green fed cattle is not bad for you. Studies have shown at times past that coffee and chocolate were to be eliminated from your diet. Well, further investigation reveals it depends on the quality and quantity you eat! They both have definite health benefits.
So exercise wisdom, use common sense and aim for balance and moderation – and you can’t go wrong.
Do you think your diet would be very limited if you focused just on fresh, whole foods?