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Good Food Bad Food

By on October 6, 2014

There is no such thing as good food or bad food.

Sounds crazy, huh? Well, it sounded crazy to me. I started meeting with a nutritionist this month to coach me through the Moderation Challenge. The first day we met, that was her advice to me. But when you’ve spent your entire year restricting foods because you believed some of them were bad (or at least worse than others), it’s hard to wrap your head around that idea. Still, something deep inside of me was relieved when she told me that. I think part of my seeming failures this year, especially with sugar, have been a result of my “all or nothing” attitude. The idea that I could never have something ever again because it was “bad” would freak me out and lead me to totally indulge. This idea that I can have everything in moderation is comforting because I don’t have to go in panic mode, mentally.

Since there are no good foods or bad foods, my nutritionist has put me on a very balanced diet of starches (carbs), protein, fat and dairy. I have to eat 3 balanced meals a day and I’m allowed 2 snacks in between. The meals are broken down by nutrients and portion size is considered. I’ll share my meal plan with you later this week.

For now, I wanted to share more with you on why many experts believe there is no such thing as good food or bad food. As stated before, if you are actually allergic to something then you should avoid it. However, if you’ve been avoiding certain foods because of information you have read that it is “bad” or “good” you may want to reconsider during this month’s challenge. Check out the info below from Jennifer Pereira MA, RD, LD, CSCS, LPC-Intern – WISE Therapist.

Does Good Food Bad Food Really Exist?

There is not a single food on earth that one could argue would absolutely cause weight gain and bad health. People will say, “well, if you ate it all of the time….” There is no food you could eat or would want to eat all of the time. But any food could easily be enjoyed on a daily basis.

All foods are just some combination of protein , fats , and/or carbohydrates . These are called ‘macronutrients’, meaning we need them in large quantities. Vitamins and minerals are called ‘micronutrients’, meaning we need them in small quantities. Those little guys get all the glory from the healthy eating gurus, but it is very easy to meet your requirements of these. Conversely, I have seen many clients who were not meeting their needs for macronutrients, which greatly impacted their feelings of being ‘out of control’ with food.

There is no better way to stop binges and overeating than legalizing food. People really resist this. They think they need to keep certain foods off limits so they won’t overeat. But they will be the first to admit this is not working. Having guilt about food absolutely distorts your relationship with food . This makes your eating out of control .

People will argue that among the macronutrients there are better choices. There are good carbs and bad carbs . There are good fats and bad fats . This is like saying there is good water and bad water. Biochemically all nutrients breakdown in our bodies and look the same. They all go to perform the same functions.

Interesting information, huh?

What do you think about the information I shared? I must admit that after eating this way for the past week, my impulse to binge on sugar has been less frequent.  Additionally, I feel satisfied after each meal that I eat.

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