"8 Foods You Should Never Eat If You're Trying to Lose Weight"
"11 Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight"
"25 Fattening Foods You Should Never Eat"
"30 Foods You Should Never Eat Afteer Age 30"
"50 Foods You Should Stop Eating Right Now"
(actual news headlines)
How many of you have ever seen headlines like these while casually browsing online? How many of you have been told to not eat a certain food/food group because it will make you fat? I know I've heard it and seen it too many times to count.
How many of you reading this post have ever had a list of items that you cannot eat? And how many of you often find yourselves eating those very items on the “don’t eat” list? And feeling bad while doing so?
Labeling foods as good, bad, clean, or junk can actually be detrimental to our progress towards healthy eating and healthy living, and is not how we should view food. This form of "exclusive" dieting can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, binge eating, and the dreaded yo-yo diet cycle.
Setting some guidelines can absolutely help shape your eating habits in a positive way, but putting specific foods or food groups on the "bad list" typically does more damage than good.
Instead of an thinking about what to exclude from our diet, let’s shift our mindset and reframe our food choices as positives. What foods can I INCLUDE, not exclude?
Instead of making rules that may set us up for failure and bring a wave of guilt, let’s reframe our thinking to view food in positive ways.
How about we try some of these ideas instead?
Eat foods you love.
Eat a variety of foods. Each has different components, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that nourish your body.
INCLUDE as many, whole, unprocessed foods as you can!
Find what works for your body, mind, and lifestyle. If you don’t like kale, DON’T EAT IT! Find what you do like.
Just because you have a piece of chocolate, it doesn't mean you ruined your "diet." If having one piece of chocolate after dinner helps you stay sane and is also part of well balanced diet, EAT IT.
You do not have to deprive yourself to achieve your health goals.
The best “diet” is not a diet at all. It’s finding the right amount of food your body needs to function and that sustains your overall well-being so that you can be happy AND healthy.
Food rules, so ditch your food rules! Now go eat!
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