09 Apr Nutrition Info I give zero F’s about…
With so much nutrition info out there, it can be difficult to figure out what to listen to and what to ignore. Here’s a short list of things this RD gives zero F’s about (nutrition related only, general list would take days):
CARBS! Poor carbs man, they get such a bad rap. It seems like everywhere you turn there’s a new fad diet that claims we need to defriend carbs to lose weight or get fit or “banish belly fat” (insert eye roll emoji). I am a firm believer that usually when you cut carbs completely, it eventually backfires and when you fall off said wagon, you fall hard and before you know it you’re eyeballs deep in a loaf of ciabatta- real talk. Besides all that, carbs are the body’s preferred fuel source and our brain & blood depend of carbs almost exclusively, so when we don’t get them, we mentally & physically are not at our best. So don’t aim for low carb; aim for carb quality. Fruit, starchy vegetables, whole grains and legumes are all great carb choices to add as part of a healthy diet.
Lost nutrients in vegetables from certain cooking methods. I know, you make your veggies a little crispy and start to wonder if you totally ruined all your efforts to eat right. It is true that higher temperatures, longer cooking times, and larger contents of water can result in more nutrients lost, but it’s not usually that much to worry about. Don’t forget that enjoying your food is important too. Eat your vegetables the way you like them, you’ll end up eating way more of those good foods if they’re made to your preference.
Sugar content in fruits and vegetables. Have you heard people say bananas are one of the fruits with the highest amounts of sugar? I CAN’T STAND THIS. How about carrots and the many diets that restrict certain vegetables? Ugh. Seriously? These fruits and vegetables also contain fiber. Fiber slows the absorption of sugar into the blood, so enough. Also, as if vitamins and nutrients weren’t reason enough to keep eating these things, I will add that I know very few people who are overweight due to the consumption of too many carrots.
Eggs causing high cholesterol levels. The effect of egg consumption on blood cholesterol is minimal when compared with the effect of trans fats and saturated fats. This is an old old olddddd diet regulation. Eggs are packed with nutrients. If you have high cholesterol, reduce your saturated fat intake, increase your soluble fiber intake, and exercise.
Diet Perfection. Many people struggle daily with the constant thoughts of all the things they shouldn’t eat, which can put a lot of pressure on us and make us feel like shit when we “mess up.” We make eating healthy harder on ourselves because we think its all or nothing and that we have to be eating perfectly to be doing it right… well that is all wrong. The perfect healthy eating pattern is the one you can SUSTAIN… and we are much more likely to sustain something with a little give and take, a little balance. In the same way that we embrace our personality flaws that make us unique, we need to start embracing our balanced, imperfect eating ways. Are you perfect? No (sorry if that’s news). Then tell me, why do you suspect your diet to be? Let the diet perfectionism go and live your life without guilt.