5 Foods a Nutritionist NEVER Eats
Curious to know what foods a nutritionist or dietitian never eats? What foods are so bad for you that they should be exiled from your life permanently?
It's very common to see an article listing the foods a nutritionist supposedly would never eat...To be honest? I think those articles are harmful to your health.
In my opinion, there are no foods that you should NEVER eat.
I've spoken about it before, but taking foods off limits is a sure fire way to make them more tempting. We all want what we can't have, right?!
That explains why when you go on a diet, you can't stop thinking about eating those 'banned' foods like chocolate/pizza/bread. We crave foods we can't have. After your motivation wanes (and it always does), you end up overeating or bingeing on those exact forbidden foods.
You shouldn't feel guilty if this happens to you - it's a very normal response to being told you can NEVER eat something! This is another reason why you shouldn't believe everything you read. So, I'm not going to get my nutritionist high-horse and tell you what you can't eat....
Instead, I'm giving you permission to eat these foods again. In moderation, of course.
Sure - they aren't exactly healthy choices and you shouldn't eat them too often. But the point is that they are always available to you. You are allowed to eat them as long as you're mindful.
So, here are the common foods nutritionists claim to never, ever eat (though I bet they are lying!) and what I think about them.
Nutritionists and dietitians are real people who live in the real world. Hopefully, if they feel like enjoying a treat like a lollie - they have a healthy enough relationship with food to enjoy some.
Sure, I doubt many nutritionists are eating lollies often but lollies shouldn't be off limits and part of a 'banned' food list. They are a perfectly fine 'sometimes' food. Enjoy a handful of lollies occasionally, if you want - and I think you are going to survive.
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White Pasta, Bread and Rice
If I'm making food at home, I pick wholemeal or multigrain options where ever possible. But when I'm out for a special dinner at a beautiful Italian joint, you bet I'm ordering the homemade fettuccine... not a wholemeal option. If I am ordering Thai, which I eat occasionally, I'll share one serve of white rice with my hubby. It's not the end of the world.
These white versions aren't off limits to me... I'm mindful that wholemeal or multigrain is best and that is my default choice but when I treat myself occasionally, I order exactly what I feel like. No restrictions - just everything in moderation.
I used to be addicted to diet coke when I had an eating disorder (which, is very common) but I don't drink soft drinks anymore. If I do, it's sparkling water with some lime and mint (does that count?!)
I want you to know that sometimes, when it's a special occasion, you can have a drink of a soft drink if you would really like. You can be aware that it's a sometimes food, not an everyday food. I'm not telling you to add soft drink to your diet or drink more... less is best, of course. But if it's your favourite thing, pick the smallest size can and sip mindfully on special occasions.
Dark chocolate does contain some good stuff like flavonoids but let's get real - chocolate is still chocolate. If you prefer white chocolate, eat white chocolate. If you like dark, eat dark. Dark chocolate is a food that can create a 'health halo' effect, where we overestimate how good something is for us and assume we can eat more of it - more often.
No one should eat chocolate because they think its nutritious. Chocolate is a yummy treat - not a superfood. When you treat yourself, eat mindfully and choose the food you actually want, and you're more likely to feel satisfied and stop craving it.
These days, there are heaps of pretty healthy pre-made soups in the supermarket aisle. Many are made fresh and meant to be eaten within a few days of purchasing so there aren't preservatives (apart from salt, for example). In winter, I keep some tetra soup packs in my pantry for those nights when I am too tired to cook (I like La Zupa, and Campbells Simply Soups Range). It is healthier to heat up some soup than order take-away. (Watch my segment on Channel 9 about pre-made soups).
Take Home Message
I could go on and on with different examples like why fruit isn't fattening, but I think you get the message. You have permission to eat any food you want. Do so mindfully and in moderation and you'll be healthy.
Eating well is about more than just nutrients - It's about your relationship with food.
You must enjoy everything you eat and feeling deprived and restricted isn't healthy either. This is part of my food philosophy, something I developed after years of restriction, yo-yo dieting and feeling anxious around food.
I truly believe giving yourself permission to eat everything in moderation, where nothing is off limits completely, will give you freedom with food and a healthy approach to wellbeing.
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