Foods that are unhealthy are a big part of the reason the world is fatter and sicker than ever before.
To my surprise, many people consider some of these foods healthy.
So here are 5 “Health foods” that are really just junk food in disguise.
Margarine- Butter was warned off as bad for you a very long time ago, due to high saturated fat content. And with that, health experts started promoting margarine instead.
Margarine used to be high in trans fats. These days, it has less trans fats than before but is still pretty much loaded with refined vegetable oils.
Margarine is not food, it is just a group of chemicals and refined oils that have been made to look and taste like food. Not surprisingly people who replace butter with margarine are more likely to die from heart disease.
If you want to improve your health, eat butter but do not eat processed margarine and
other trash like that.
Recommending Margarine instead of natural butter is up there with some of the worst nutritional advice anyone could give you.
Processed Organic Food- The word “ Organic” has become just another marketing buzzword. Food manufactures have found all sorts of ways to make the same junk food, except with ingredients that happen to be organic.
Ingredients include Organic raw cane sugar, which is just 100% identical
to regular sugar. It’s still just glucose and fructose, with little to no nutrients.
In many cases, the difference between an ingredient and its organic counterpart is next to none.
Processed foods that happen to be labelled organic are not necessarily healthy. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!
Vegetable Oils- It is important to keep in mind that blood cholesterol is a risk factor, not a disease in itself. Even though vegetable oils can improve a risk factor,there is no guarantee that they will help
prevent an actual sticky end such as a heart attack which is what really counts.
In fact, several controlled trials have shown that despite lowering cholesterol, these oils can
increase the risk of death from both heart disease and cancer.
So eat healthy, natural fats like butter, olive oil, and coconut oil but avoid processed vegetable oils as if your life depended on it
(IT REALLY DOES)
Vegan Junk Food- Vegan diets are very popular these days, often due to celebrity influence/ ethical and environmental reasons.
But.. many people promote vegan diets for the purpose of improving health ( which is questionable).
There are a lot of processed vegan foods out there, often sold as replacements for non- vegan foods.
Like, for instance there is such thing as Vegan bacon ( Lol).
It is important to keep in mind that these are usually highly processed and factory made products that are bad for just about anyone,
which includes Vegans too.
Sports Drinks- Sports drinks these drinks contain electrolytes (Salts) and sugar, which can be useful for athletes in many cases.
Most regular people do not need any additional salts or extra sugar.
Sports drinks are considered “less bad” than sugary soft drinks, which is just not true as the sugar content is only slightly lower.
It is important to stay hydrated, during the day and around workouts, but “good old water” is the real key, not over hyped Sports drink with your
favourite athlete advertising it.
Eat Fruit &Veg- Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and are packed with nutrients. It doesn’t matter if it is fresh, frozen or canned they all count!
If you would like to know more about “How To Get Fruit & Veg into your diet” (Click Here)
The Reason Why- Fruits and vegetables prevent many diseases and have lots of fibre to keep you fuller for longer which is fantastic! You should be getting at least 5 a day minimum, again if you would like to know more about all of this (Click Here)
Switch Your Drink- When you are thirsty what are you drinking? If it’s Sodas, Fruit juice drinks or any other kind of sugary drinks, then you must realise that there are lots of calories and no nutrients in these drinks.
Rethink Your Drink- Next time you are thirsty choose water or milk, they can quench your thirst just as well without adding extra calories.
Portion Control- Eating big portions leads to extra weight. Use smaller plates, eat smaller bites and take your time to enjoy your meal so you do not overeat.
Know you’re going out to eat later?- Take a glance at the restaurants menu online ahead of time for e.g. and think about what you’ll order. Knowing the healthier options in advance helps keep the impulsive decisions at bay, which for most of my readers is JUNK (BAD)
Move More- A good diet alone will not get you the best results, what will is a combo of both a healthy diet and a moving your butt which then = A Healthy Lifestyle.
What is your excuse? If you are pushed for time you can do it in 7 minutes which is the minimum or if you want to do it for longer 30 minutes is good, if you can do more, great.
The Reason Why- Moving more everyday helps lower your risk of getting diabetes, high blood pressure, problems with your heart, and some types of cancer. It can also help with stress, weight loss, and building strong muscles and bones. So park further away, go for a walk, take the stairs, sing, dance, just MOVE MORE!
Reduce Screen Time- To many of us spend as much as 3 to 4 hours and beyond in front of a television screen daily. When we’re watching TV, we’re not only being inactive, we often snack on unhealthy foods at the same time. Trade TV, Computer and phone time for physical activity. Walk, run, bike, dance, and try to limit TV time to just two hours or less each day.
Whilst Watching TV- GO be active while watching TV! Do sit-ups, push-ups, star jumps etc and if you are hungry whilst watching TV, eat healthy. The junk food is just setting you back.
Vitamin E- Its is well known that the majority of people do not get enough Vitamin E into their diets, which is a great shame as it is an antioxidant which protects your cells from damage.
This nutrient appears in many foods such as: Eggs, Nuts, Vegetable oils, and really green Vegetables such as spinach.
Although it is also sold as a dietary supplement (Side effects unknown) Vitamin E is a fat soluble (Stores and uses it when needed)
As a whole, Vitamin E describes eight different compounds but alpha-tocopherol is the most active in humans.
Iron- You need 18mg of Iron if you are a women and 8.7mg if you are a man as this helps you get oxygen throughout your whole body.
But still so many of us are Iron deficient, if you are fatigued, very irritable, cold hands or just want to gain more knowledge on Iron here it is in depth:
Look at getting plenty of Iron (Here) [LINK]
Potassium- If you are short on this it is quite simple..you are not eating enough Fruits &Vegetables! It is part of every cell in the body and without it you wouldn’t live.
I feel that potassium is very undervalued and is important as it keeps your brain, nerves, heart and muscles functioning normally on a consistent basis.
It is important to get enough potassium every day (4,700 mg) as a lack of it will give you chronic diseases.
Zinc- 8mg is what is needed every day to regulate your metabolism.
Zinc is a very important antioxidant that prevents some types of cancers and boosts your immune function also.
Zinc foods include: Seafood’s, (Cooked Oysters are the best for Zinc) Beef, Lamb, Spinach, Wheat germ, (AKA Cereal Germ) Cocoa powder and Nuts (Cashew are the best for zinc).
Magnesium- 320 mg is required each day to get your magnesium in.
If you’re lacking in magnesium it is normally due to the fact that you eat too much bad fat and sugary foods, and if you do not eat fish this also is a big dent.
Magnesium rich foods include: Whole grains, Leafy greens, nuts and seeds.
Mindless Eating- Brian Wansink a food psychologist discovered that the larger the plate or bowl you eat from, the more you with out knowing it consume. In one recent study that he did Wansink found that moviegoers given extra- large containers of stale popcorn still ate 45 percent more than those snacking on fresh popcorn out of a smaller containers holding the exact same amount.
Break out- You should eat from smaller dishes. Swap (or even smash the large ones if your tempted) for a smaller dish and you should never eat straight from a container or package as you will end up eating a lot more than intended, and I find when sharing out the food from the container it gives you more time to think about your next move rather than tunnel vision and just wolfing it down straight from the container or package.
Endless snacking- Here is a bad habit many of us are guilty of: Snacking round the clock, often on high calorie foods that are full of empty carbs. I find that this is not just a problem for adults it is for kids too. Infact kids are snacking more and more often on unhealthy junk food including salty chips, soda and candy.
Break out- Keep only healthy snacks period, such as hummus, carrots, cucumber slices, nuts and almonds. And that includes at work don’t stock your desk with potato chips or cookies you know you can’t resist.
Skipping Breakfast- Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, but with so many other task competing for your attention, you may decide you don’t have the time to eat. When you skip meals, your metabolism begins to slow, Breakfast gives you that boost of energy you need to take on your day. Without this fuel, you will overeat later. Which then leads to you gaining extra weight.
Break out- pre plan your breakfast for the next morning, that way it’s a quick grab and go if you are really stuck for time to seat and eat. But I find a lot has to do with life style choices for e.g what time you go to sleep at night, going to bed earlier by and hour or 2 from your original bed time may give you the time to actually sit down and eat your breakfast without having to rush because you have only 1 hour to get to work in (Just a thought)
Emotional Eating- So you had a bad day at the office, and when you get home, you open up the fridge and eat a lot of food in a short space of time… not a good diet strategy. Its is well known that both positive and negative emotions can cause people to eat more than they should, an easy weight- loss stumbling block
Break out- Find a new stress buster, if your stressed at work, when you get home, take a walk instead get some fresh air, or take up a new hobby of interest to get your mind away from the ordeal of the work place.
Too Many Hours On Video games & TV- If your just sitting in front of a screen watching tv or playing video games, with out proper control on having a regular break time you are going to put on weight.
Break out- Take frequent breaks when your in front of the computer get up and walk around the room or office every 15 to 30 minutes. When the workday or your favourite TV show ends, remember to carefully monitor what you consume to you don’t want to overstuff yourself.
We all at some point in our lives have tried going for the “healthy option” but some of them may not be what you think.
Some foods may have more calories or hidden sugar then we realise. Although the package may claim that the food is healthy, we don’t always read the labels or pay any attention to the ingredients or in general how much of it we are eating.
This can lead to eating much more than we planned, and the hidden evils may be ruining your diet.
So here are 5 foods that you may think are healthy but are anything but!
Granola- Oats & Seeds check! They are healthy ingredients, but the majority of Granola is made with added sugar and bad oils resulting in very high calories.
Fruited Yoghurt- Yoghurt is good source of calcium and protein, but many fruited yoghurts are loaded with added sugar and colourings. Instead you’re better off eating regular Yoghurt and chopping your own fruit.
Bran Muffins- You may think that bran muffins are good for your digestive system, but Starbucks Raisin bran Muffin, for example, has 400 calories and 19 grams of fat (Not Good)
Sports Drinks- You may feel that after a long work out, or an intense footy match you need a particular sports drink, but sports drinks have added sugar in them, which only add up to empty calories. Don’t be fooled, water is the best for hydration.
Reduced Fat Peanut Butter- In order to decrease the fat in peanut butter, food manufactures remove the healthy fats and replace them with sugars and god knows what else in them. Be sure to ALWAYS READ THE LABELS!
1.You must drink plenty of water everyday
2. The “studies” reported by the media are absolute nonsense
3. Refined and processed oils are extremely unhealthy
4. If the food comes packaged with it’s own plate don’t eat it
5. Cholesterol in foods is not bad for you
6. “Natural” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean “Healthy”
7. “Fat” doesn’t not make you fat
8. Carbs don’t make you fat either
9. No single food is “fattening” unless eaten in excess
10. Eat more vegetables then fruit
11. Foods that brag about their healthfulness are generally hiding something not so healthy.
12. Sugar is sugar. It doesn’t matter if a bee made it, a tree made it or Miss Sugar Mama made it.
13. Gluten Junk Food is still junk food
14. Foods that naturally contain fat are not bad for you. This means avocados, not cookies.
15. Foods that naturally contain fat but have been rendered low fat by processing are bad for you.
16. Juice is bad for you
17. If you can easily make a food yourself, you should.
18. Just because it’s called a “protein drink” doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
19. Exercise is not the fix for a bad diet. Changing your diet is.
20. Potatoes are not the enemy
21. Calories don’t mean as much as the actual food source, so chill, do not stress over calories!
22. Protein is king when it comes to losing weight
23. Stop counting calories its not needed!