Aren’t you so smug!?!? There you are, thinking you’re eating the “right” way, when you’ve actually gotten it all wrong! But alas, it really isn’t your fault. You see, you’ve been swindled, hoodwinked, bamboozled! You’ve been sold what seems like a good idea . . . . yet it’s quite possibly anything but! Oh the agony!
Wait though . . . all hope is not lost. Knowledge is power, after all. And a little learning will go a long way towards improving the items you send barreling down to your tummy.
Lesson 1: Low Fat doesn’t always mean Low Calorie
You might have already gotten this memo, but it’s also important to remember that when a box screams that the contents are low fat, it is making up for that lack of fat by adding in something else. And note to you – that ‘something’ isn’t usually a good thing. So sure, you’re getting a low fat food, but then you’re probably now ingesting an obscene amount of sugar. Funny how the box never mentions that! So while you might not fuss over the calories, an excess of sugar isn’t really so wonderful for your health. Your teeth also won’t find it amusing to be bathed in so much sweetness.
Lesson 2: Junk Food is not the devil
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that you can feast on pizza, ice cream and cake all the time. That’s the equivalent of pumping sludge into your car’s gas tank. Ultimately, you want to fuel up with good nutrition so your body will run like a sleek Ferrari. However, let’s ditch the all or nothing mind set here. Seriously people! You can have your cake and eat it, too. Moderation and balance are our words of the day here. A little is okay. A lot is probably not such a good idea. If you eat cake, enjoy it. Have a slice and move on. And if you do happen to eat too much, again, move the heck on! It happens to the best of us.
Lesson 3: You ought to be fresh and frosty
Nobody’s knocking the produce section – it’s bursting with delightfully delicious fare. Mmmm!!! But after you’ve stocked up on the fresh stuff, you might maybe want to pop on over to the freezer aisle because guess what – the fruits and veggies in the freezer have the same nutritional value. Plus, they’re always ready to go and won’t rot away in the fridge before you get around to noshing on them. Keep your freezer stacked to the brim and you’ll never be without a veggie again.
Lesson 4: Salads can be saintly
Sure, a big bowl overflowing with beautiful veggies is a lovely thing. Well, that is until you throw on cheese, bacon, croutons, heavy dressing etc. Toppings can spell trouble, so be aware of what’s sitting on top of those good for you veggies. Add a little to please your palate – but lighten up a bit on what you’re loading on. There’s no need to use a cup of dressing or a pound of bacon. Portion control my hungry friends!! Enjoy what you eat but do not go over the deep end with it.
Lesson 5: Bring on the dried fruit but remember fresh is best
Sure, it’s good for you. Really now, nobody’s going to say that the precious little box of raisins you’re snacking on is anything but good for you. However, along with the super for you fiber, you’re getting a lot more calories too. Eek!!! Dried fruit can have about 8 times the calories as its fresh counterpart. OMG!!! Don’t forget, too, that fresh fruit has got more water in it – and is thus more filling. Filling is a good thing! Eat the dried stuff. Just eat more of the fresh stuff.
Lesson 6: Olive Oil is the only one when it's in small amounts
It’s fantastic. It’s healthy. It’s super. Olive oil is a delight and it does a body good. But it’s also 120 calories per tablespoon. So pour it on, just don’t pour an insane amount else your hips will soon be expanding. A little is good, a lot – not so much. More is not always better!