I have always been an active person. I played basketball throughout high school, I’ve always had an exercise routine and I’ve tried to maintain a healthy diet. But in reality that healthy diet, wasn’t healthy at all. Many of us have been blinded by the fat-free, sugar-free and low-fat products. I used to be a sucker for these labels, I mean really, fat-free sounds like a winner to me. However these whatever-free products are highly processed and usually have some sort of unhealthy ingredient to make up for the sugar or fat that has been eliminated. This is just one thing thats wrong with most of the products sold in grocery stores today. I’m going to layout some other “healthy”, well not-so-healthy items that you might want to stay away from.
Granola Bars/Protein Bars:
Many granola bars/protein bars sold in stores are highly processed, high in sugar, contain refined grains such as rice flour, wheat flakes and crispy rice etc. (a concoction of rice flour, sugar, malt extract and salt) and are high in calories and fat.However, not all granola bars are bad.
Be sure to look at the nutritional information to choose the best one for you. I go for the KIND brand, their ingredients are simple. You can even make your own at home!
I’m not only talking fruit punch and Kool Aid. Juices such as orange juice, apple juice and even the Naked Green Machine are NOT healthy. For example a bottle of the NakedGreen Machine contains 60 grams of sugar. These juices are highly processed and are high in fructose. Fructose makes you fat by the way. I hate to say it, but even juicing naturally can be bad. To make 8oz worth of orange juice you’d have to juice about four whole oranges. It would be best to just eat one orange. I personally use juicing to get my veggies in. Sure I’ll add some fruit but it is always a conservative proportion.
Drink water! Add cucumber, lime or lemon if you like. Water is always the best drink to keep you hydrated.
Sure it sounds good. Sugar and calorie free, with the satisfying taste of soda. Studies show that drinking diet soda daily is linked to obesity. Yes, you read that right. Drinking two or more of these diet drinks a day can increase your waistline by 500 percent. This is because the artificial sweeteners that replace the sugar can disturb the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake. People who consume diet foods are more likely to overeat and crave more.
I am sad to say this. Very, very sad but trail mix can be unhealthy too. At least the ones that are loaded with candy coated pieces, fried banana chips, yogurt covered raisins etc. Nuts are very high in fat and calories, so when purchasing these mixes be aware of the serving size. Just eating two large handfuls can sometimes be as much as 600 calories. Try making your own trail mix or select a mix that contains just nuts, some dark chocolate, and some dried fruits.
Tip: When making your own trail mix add all natural popcorn. It will take up much of the space, thus reducing the fat and calories that are in your normal trail mix.
Frozen meals may be low in calories, but a lot of times they are also high in sodium. Plus, these meals tend to lack the nutrients your body so longs for. The lack of nutrition is due to the refined grains that are used instead of whole grains. Your best bet is to simple buy frozen or fresh veggies and meats. Make a healthy meal out of that. It really takes no time.
Yes nuts contain healthy fats that actually help you keep your weight down. However some nut butter product take out some fat and replace it with sugar and saturated or trans fat. So when picking out your special nut butter be sure to read the ingredients. They should simply say peanuts, or peanuts and salt. All that extra stuff is not healthy.
Canned vegetables may contain high levels of sodium, which can put a strain on reaching your fitness goals. High levels of sodium in your system will hold stubborn water weight. With fresh or frozen veggies and fruits you don’t have to worry about consuming the unnecessary sodium.
Canned foods contain an industrial compound called BPA (Bisphenol A). This compound is used to protect the canned food from the metal. However, BPA has been linked to many health risk including cancer, endocrine disorders, and heart disease.
If you do buy canned food be sure to look for low sodium products. Other than that, stick to frozen or fresh veggies.
Noooooo! I love frozen yogurt with a passion, but the truth is it contains a large amount of simple sugars that just aren’t good for you. Not to mention the not-so-healthy toppings we tend to pile on. I say eat a conservative amount of froyo, add toppings such as nuts and fruits and call it a day. I’ll be honest with you, I just can’t let this treat go. lol However, there are healthy frozen yo recipes that you can whip up in the comfort of your home.
This healthy journey is not about restricting yourself, it’s about learning what foods will keep your body running to it’s best ability. Natural unprocessed foods are the best way to go, and they taste great. You can do it, you just got to be consistent. Your life will take major change not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20- What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?