There really are GOOD and BAD FOODS!
There’s always so much confusion surrounding food. What should you eat? What shouldn’t you eat? Are there good foods? Are there bad foods?
It’s bloody confusing and really frustrating! One minute you think you’ve been doing all the right things, only to read an article or see a segment on breakfast TV which ‘shatters a myth’ or tells you that you’ve been doing it wrong all along.
The simple answer is… YES there absolutely are GOOD and BAD foods out there!
So, here’s our top five tips on helping you make better choices about what you should and shouldn’t be consuming:
1 – Get into the habit of reading the nutritional information. I know, I know, it’s a confusing aspect of food! But, if you’re going to buy packaged foods you really should know how to read the labels on the products. Don’t be fooled by the big slogans on the front of the box. The true healthiness of a product is only uncovered when you find that little table of nutritional information (usually hidden away on the back of the packaging) and start reading.
2 – Keep your sugar intake low. I’m talking here about the refined sugars that you add to your daily coffee or find in soft drinks, chocolate, cake, biscuits, ice cream –all the usual suspects that deep down we know we shouldn’t be eating because they’re just not good for our bodies. If you’re craving something sweet then you should head to the fruit section in your local store and choose a piece of fruit you enjoy. These contain natural sugars and are much healthier for you.
3 – There are good fats and bad fats, and you should limit your intake of the bad fats! Fats found in things like avocado’s and fish are the good ones –they’re great for your body’s overall nutritional needs and research suggests they’re the key to longevity in many civilizations around the world. But the fats you’ll find in many processed foods like margarine, deep fried fast foods and many animal products are the bad fats. Keep an eye out for trans and saturated fats on the nutritional label and if you see them, try and keep away from them.
4 – If a food product has a heap of additives and preservatives (you’ll usually see them in the ingredients with lots of numbers and codes, and long words that none of us really understand), then “DING DING DING” you’ve probably hit the bad food jackpot! So many products that market themselves as healthy are packed with preservatives and stabilisers to keep them looking and tasting good even after all the time they spend on supermarket shelves.
5 – A good rule of thumb I tend to follow myself: If it can’t be made at home in your own kitchen, then you should probably think twice about eating it! Once you start making food from scratch, free from all of the nasties that are added in mass production, then you’ll start to discover how good real food tastes and how great it can actually make you feel on the inside.
And as it’s Christmas week, my gift to you is a bonus tip:
6 – Eat more vegetables and fruit. Many people are missing out on all the great nutrients from fresh foods that are essential to helping us all feel better, have more energy and achieve balanced wellbeing that affects our waking hours as well as the quality of our sleep. We all need calories to fuel our bodies, but those calories you consume should be coming from proper nutritious fresh food. Once you start eating more fresh foods, I have no doubt that you’ll ditch the obsessive calorie counting and be well on the way to achieving your health and fitness goals. Give your body the foods that it’s designed to process and you’ll be surprised how well it can do its job!
There you have it, our quick tips on how to guide you to make better choices between eating good or bad foods. Remember, if you read the labels and you’re willing to learn, you’ll be most of the way there!
Merry Christmas to you all, with love,