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What Foods Are Part of A Healthy Eating Plan?

What Foods Are Part of A Healthy Eating Plan?

Authored By Ben Fisher

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What Foods Are Part of A Healthy Eating Plan?

Eating healthy to lose weight isn’t rocket science. I bet you already know the basics. Or maybe you just think you know what you should eat. The best diet plan for weight loss isn’t a fad diet that eliminates entire foods groups – all carbs are not inherently evil! And a healthy eating plan does not involve eating grapefruit at every meal or combining foods in a specific way or only eating at certain times of day (while standing on your head underwater).

The best weight loss diet is about quality of food, eating nutrient dense  whole, organic foods – not processed fake foods. Can you eat cheese? Yes – if you choose raw, organic cheese made from pastured cows that weren’t feed GMO soy and corn feed. Can you eat Cheez Whiz? No. No you can’t.

If you’re ever confused about whether or not to eat something, ask yourself these simple questions:

1. Is the product spelled correctly? Cheez Whiz can’t legally call itself cheese because it doesn’t meet the USDA definition of cheese. It is a “pasteurized process cheese product” Beware of tastykakes (cake is spelled with a “C”) and “shakes” – that can’t be called milkshakes because they don’t contain milk.
2. Does the packaging feature a brightly-colored cartoon character? Manufacturers use the front of a package as an advertisement, so don’t be fooled by cute gimmicks and clever slogans. The very fact that the food is in a box to begin with should make you stop and think. Did you know that a city in California has recently banned toys from being included in meals marketed to children that don’t meet USDA guidelines for healthy nutrition? Although I think that may be an extreme example, as a mom, I appreciate the idea!
3. Are there less than 10 ingredients listed on the package?
4. Can you pronounce every ingredient? Are the ingredients food? Here are the actual ingredients of Cheez Whiz: Whey, canola oil, milk protein concentrate, maltodextrin, sodium phosphate, contains less than 2% of whey protein concentrate, salt, lactic acid, sodium alginate, mustard flour, worchestershire sauce, (vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, water, salt, caramel color, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor), sorbic acid as a preservative, milkfat, cheese culture, oleoresin paprika (color), annatto (color), natural flavor, enzymes.
Sodium alginate? It’s used as a food thickener, but also used in paint, textile dying and for making dental molds of your teeth.

Yummm…tasty!
5. Could I make this item in my own kitchen? If a food has to be extruded or involves industrial processes that you couldn’t replicate at home, perhaps you shouldn’t eat it.

Think about what you ate today and ask yourself those questions about your diet.

Eating real organic foods, that don’t have ingredient lists or mascots or catchy taglines may be a new way of eating for you. It can be difficult to separate style from substance. Food is a BIG BUSINESS – and advertisers and market researchers get big bucks to figure out how to get you to choose their product over another. Let’s add another question:

6. Does the food have a press agent? A lobby behind it? Like the Cattleman’s Association or The United Dairy Industry Association (which has 18 regional promotional organizations that work to invent reasons people need dairy). Foods that spend millions of dollars advertising how essential they are – probably aren’t essential at all. When there’s a Kale Consortium, maybe I’ll revise that opinion…

The Diet Solution Program helps you figure out food fact from fiction – to lose weight fast and keep it off. When it comes to choosing foods that are part of a healthy eating plan – you can’t believe the hype!



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