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The Stupidity of Diets

 I am at war with the stupidity that dominates the diet industry–there, I said it!

Did you know that many of the supposedly healthy habits and foods actually make you fat?If you need to lose weight, just go with NEWAY!  It’s safe, real, and you will feel wonderful. Either way, here are some things that you really ought to ponder:

~Give up the diet mentality for the rest of your life! What we need is a lifestyle change, and it will last for the rest of your life.

~Never skip a meal because a big event is coming ”banking your calories”); you are setting yourself up for overeating for sure!

~Don’t try to fix yesterday’s bad eating by skipping food today—your body still needs energy today and you would just setting yourself up with binging later on that day when your blood sugars plummet!

~Diet sodas are not good for you; I know they have less calories, but they may mask your hunger for a while and make you feel full, but remember: they are nutrient dead and actually harm you in more ways than one: artificial sweeteners, acid-producing, they create more insulin in your body and inhibit leptin which regulate your metabolism and appetite, make you skip on water… And to tell you the truth, all sodas are bad for you!

~ Pretzels, especially by themselves, are not good for you!  They are high on the glycemic index, pouring insulin into your body, and especially when made with enriched white flour, fat will go straight to your belly!  If you must have them, make them whole grain and eat a bit of cottage cheese or peanut butter with them.

~Fruit juices; most of them are filled with sugar and have a high glycemic index.  Many so-called “fruit juices” are not actually fruit juices and some of them contain only 5 % of natural juice!  If you eat and chew your fruit, you will feel fuller; if you can keep the skin on, you will add more very much needed fiber to your diet!

~Complete salad kits—seems pretty harmless, right?  Wrong!  They contain lots of additives and preservatives, and the dressings are not NEWAY friendly! Try some simple balsamic vinegar (there are some amazing ones out there!) and olive oil. Here is a yummy dressing for you:

Cucumber and Yogurt Dressing
1 large cucumber
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dill
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then serve. This will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.

~Reduced Fat Peanut Butter: the fat removed is replaced with fillers and there is no calorie reduction!  Plus, that was actually a good fat!  Just eat normal, natural peanut butter and enjoy it in moderation.

~Hot dogs, even poultry ones…

~Cereal bars; you can find some healthy ones, but you have to look hard!  Please don’t stop reading labels…

~Rice cakes: low in fat and supposedly a great filler, but they cause your blood sugar to spike and you end up having your body store unwanted fat by slowing down your ability to burn it!  Also, the flavored ones are loaded with sodium… Again, if you really want one, make sure you put some peanut butter on them so lower the glycemic load.

~Frozen Yogurt: be careful, most of these have extra sugar in them… Just make your own!

~Granola: lots of fat and calories… just stick to a tablespoon or two in your yogurt

Don’t forget to think when you eat!  You really are what you eat. And that is not new! In 1826, Jean Savarin said, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”  This is getting more and more obvious!

So throw the scale away if you dare, and go ahead and enjoy all of Nature’s bounty: apples, salmon, nuts, whole grains, lean meat, eggs, veggies…. There is so much yummy stuff to choose from!  Try to stick with real food; you will love how it makes you feel and look.

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