One of my favorite shows is “What Not To Wear.” I’ve always wanted to be on that show – and I kept asking my family to nominate me but they refused!! Anyway, I was watching that show the other night and thought about the fact that although I preach moderation in food choices and not depriving oneself, there are certain foods that I don’t eat much of, or avoid altogether.
My list includes some of the following:
♦ Partially hydrogenated oils
♦ High fructose corn sugar
♦ Bleached foods, like white pasta and rice
♦ Salt in excess
♦ Foods that I can’t tell what they used to be
♦ Unhealthy fats
♦ Diet sodas and artificial sweeteners in general
♦ Beef and pork
♦ Most foods with GMO’s (this is new to me and I’ll be writing a post on it soon)
I’ve said before that the process of having my tastes change and working towards getting healthier has evolved over time. When I was first working on my weight goals just switching from regular sodas to diet sodas was a big step. However, over time I cut them out completely. The same thing with including more fresh foods. Here’s a funny story – when John and I married he had never had fresh green beans. The first time I made them he said, “What are these beans?” I said, “They are fresh green beans.” He said, “You mean like from the ground?!” Too funny.
The hardest thing for us is the partially hydrogenated oils because they are in sooo many things. But the more I make things from scratch the less that comes into play so that’s nice. The bleached food thing wasn’t too bad except for the fact that at first my five youngest kids hated brown rice. But now they are used to it and seem to enjoy the dishes I make with it.
What about you? Do you have any foods you try to avoid? Diane