These are some of the top foods that may seem 'healthy, but can sabotage your nutrition efforts.
'I eat healthy. Why am I not losing weight?'
I hear this quite often in my nutrition consulting practice. There are so many perceptions about food that circulate in our social media newsfeed, our peer groups, church, work, and so on. One day you hear that coffee is beneficial and has protective effects on reducing your risk of cancer, and then next day it is bad for your health.
As you walk down the grocery aisle, you may think, 'Oh this food is healthy. I read that article a month ago that said gluten-free bread is better than regular bread.' Without realizing it, you’ve put an unhealthy food in your grocery cart.
I spend a good deal of time helping clients clear up misconceptions and myths about nutrition. Societal beliefs teach us that 'I can't eat after 7 pm' or "carbs are bad," and these are some of the main beliefs that prevent people from having a healthy relationship with food. Utilizing science-based nutrition and focusing on being flexible with eating is the way to permanent behavior change.
I promote the idea of 'Everything in moderation' and use the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the food I consume comes form a whole food source, and is nutrient dense. Things like kale, apples, oats, and so on; food that grows in the ground or comes from a natural source. Twenty percent can be 'fun foods' like Greek yogurt pops (Yasso is my favorite brand), a protein bar or whole grain waffles. You may be thinking, 'Aren’t those fun foods healthy?' But, any food that is processed should be limited as it has a lower nutrient value.
When you are aware of what healthy food looks like, you’ll be able to tell what your 'fun foods' are and enjoy those sparingly.
Here are 5 'healthy' foods that sabotage your nutrition efforts:
Bottom line: Don’t be fooled by advertising, health claims, commercials, or nice packaging. Turn the box, bag or bottle over and be sure to read the nutrition label. You will be glad you did!