Is it possible to have everything
The diets of today can be difficult to stay on top of, but all of them seem to share one commonality, and that includes eliminating processed food. Today, these diets have also become more of a Way Of life, opposed to just a method for losing weight. Some of these include the I Quit Sugar and Paleo movements.
Regardless of our best intentions, not many people are able to commit or stick to a complete diet change, especially for people who enjoy dining out. Don’t become that person that is often heard asking, are you able to make this meal gluten free along with cheese that came from cows that were fed only grain in paddocks a mere 10 kilometers away.
We are sure you are starting to get the picture.
And in reality, there are just some foods which are classified as non-negotiable, especially the homemade varieties, the very stuff that our childhoods were made of. So, when it comes to this world that is filled with mixed messages which includes counting calories, eliminating or drastically reducing carbs, and bacon that causes cancer, is it possible to find that happy medium?
From the perspective of a dietician, it is in fact very possible, with the age old saying of “everything in moderation.” It may be an old saying, which is the common mantra of many dieticians and the saying they strongly believe is easy to live by. It all begins with finding that relationship that is healthy with food.
The DAA (Dietitians Association of Australia) states that healthy eating involves moderation, variety and balance.
When it comes to all or absolutely nothing, is it healthy to cut out an entire food group?
For many people a detox or health kick usually translates into eliminating all types of treats altogether. It may be to avoid those temptations or to assist in stopping these cravings forever.
It comes as no surprise that the DAA suggests avoiding diets which involve eliminating an entire food group, because it can result in starving the body of essential nutrients needed for health.
Keri Gans, a nutritionist from New York agrees with this. She also told Women’s Health magazine, she never tells her clients to cut out a whole food group, which is especially true when it comes to carbohydrates. This is the fuel for our bodies, while the brain uses glucose only to function, and it is carbohydrates that break-down into all important glucose.
Effective food tricks and tips
You are able to re-train the taste buds. This will take time, yet it is well worth it, when you make the switch healthy food that you start to enjoy.
Below are a couple of simple food tips that you can try:
- Chocolates- Start to swap sugar-filled chocolates with a dark chocolate. Or something that contains dried fruit, that will still taste sweet at around 75%. Start to increase the content of cocoa. The standard 90% dark chocolate contains only 6 grams of sugar for every 100 grams.
- Wheat: substitute wheat with spelt flour, which has a far lower gluten content and is easy to substitute into many recipes.
- Sugar- when in search of a way to lower your intake of processed food, take note of the synthetic sweeteners. The I Quit Sugar movement states that the sugar type you should eliminate or lower your intake includes fructose and using a glucose-based sweetener in baking is much healthier for you.
It is very important to be aware that any dramatic changes in your diet should never be undertaken without professional supervision. Check with your health professional or a GP for advice before you take any action.