5 Foods a Nutritionist NEVER Eats
Curious to know what foods a nutritionist or dietitian never eat? 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 these 'bad foods you should never eat' articles are terribly unhealthy.
In my opinion, there are no foods that you should NEVER be allowed to eat.
I've spoken about it before here, but taking foods off limits is a sure fire way to make them more tempting.
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!
So, I'm not going to get my nutritionist high-horse and tell you what you can't eat....
Balance is about giving yourself permission to eat everything and also making healthy choices.
I live in the real world and I do eat theses foods. Just not very often. I make healthy choices every day which means I eat more fresh, whole foods.
But it's equally important that these foods are not forbidden or bad or banned from my diet. I see them as they are - less healthy but special occasion treats that still have a place in my diet.
When I eat them, I want to fully enjoy them. That means no guilt. No obsession.
And that balanced approach IS healthy.
You need to let go of an all-or-nothing approach.
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 occasionally.
If not, It might be time to unfollow them.
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 'sometimes' food.
Enjoy a handful of lollies occasionally, if you want - and I think you are going to survive.
2. White Pasta, Bread and Rice
I will almost always swap white for brown. 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 partner. 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.
Indulgence certainly have a place in a balanced diet. And I'm not actually talking about a raw, vegan slice. I'm talking about your mums homemade sticky date pudding or tiramisu made by the charismatic Italian pastry chef.
When I eat dessert, I want the OG dessert. Comfort foods that hits the spot. It means I get my fix and don't keep snacking all week on 'healthier alternatives' when what I really want is a bit of cake.
I'm not telling you to add dessert to your diet ... less is best, of course.
The trick to having dessert is to eat it at occasions - not in secret, by yourself or self-consciously eaten straight from the fridge with a spoon.
Buy or make the best dessert you can afford and savour it. Don't feel guilty.
Appreciate that it doesn't happen very often. Put it on a plate. Sit at the table (not in front of the TV). Share it with a partner or friend.
Eat it slowly, mindfully and enjoy every damn bite!
4. White Chocolate
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.
Dark chocolate does contain some good stuff like flavonoids but let's get real - chocolate is still chocolate.
Take home? You aren't eating chocolate for the health benefits! So eat what you enjoy. Just not every day.
Simply eat chocolate mindfully. If you the chocolate you actually want, and you're more likely to get satisfied and stop craving it.
5. Pre-made Soup
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.
Homemade soup is great. Pre-made soups are a great convenient choice.
Take Home Message
Give yourself permission to eat any food you want. But eat them 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, binge eating, 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.
After all, health is all about balance.
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