So, What’s Left?

Sugar                                                           

*Salt

Soda

Fast Food

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Artificial sweeteners – aspartame, neotame, sucralose

*Coffee

MSG

Soy

*Beef

*Potatoes

Ice cream

*Chocolate

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?

About amusico

I am a holistic health coach and independent nutritional consultant. All my coaching plans are based on my 3-D Living program and a big part of that are the Youngevity Products and Supplements I proudly offer! Visit my website at http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com and learn more about the products and my coaching plans!
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13 Responses to So, What’s Left?

  1. Ann,

    Any time we focus on the negative side of things, we will likely feel overwhelmed, hopeless and defeated. However, if we focus on the positive — what we CAN eat, we’ll likely feel empowered, hopeful and excited. Thanks for shifting the focus when it comes to eating healthy foods!

    Have a Victorious Day!
    Marianne Clements
    Victory Christian Coaching

  2. I see you didn’t put an asterisk next to fast food 😉 To many households I’m sure that would say its boring to get rid of that. But I’m with you 100% there are many alternatives to enjoy a very good meal that’s full of all the right kinds of stuff. I find that eating a healthy meal doesn’t starve me, but leaves me feeling much better…

  3. Ann, you are absolutely correct. We have been working on the whole foods and we have found great and tasty alternatives to our old diet. Thanks for all the hard work you are doing.

  4. I’m so glad you didn’t say Coffee was “bad”…hehe. I never drank the stuff until I turned 30 and now I think I can’t live without it. All in the mind, I know. It seems the number of people with Celiac are on the rise – you think this is the case? We use Hahn’s Sea Salt – is that a “good” one?

    • amusico says:

      Funny you mention Celiac – I just did finished one of my newsletters for April and it’s on Celiac (March and April are all about digestive disorders) and yes it really is on the rise. I looked at Hahn’s sea salt and from what I could see it looks really good – it’s part of Dr. Hahn’s line? As long as it’s natural and unprocessed, it’s great!

  5. Claudia Good says:

    Ann,
    Food has changed my life!
    Eliminating the junk and diving into organic, whole local foods has been truly life altering.

  6. DesignerCam says:

    I focus my diet on including fresh whole foods and it is only as boring as the routine I fall into. I have grown up a vegetarian and there are more food options than most people think!

    Thanks for a great post!

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