Tips on Food Choices: What You Eat Matters

Did you know that every time you go to your refrigerator, what you select to eat affects how you look, how you feel? Here are examples of foods to avoid and why –

Sugars


Sugar, its very addictive. When we have an increase in blood sugar, when insulin rises, its drives fat storage to our abdominal area as well as other places. Check your labels. We should not be eating more than 25 grams per day. One example of a “healthy food” that can become “unhealthy” is yogurt. Some yogurts are extremely high in sugar, some as high as 26 grams per serving. You should stay around 13 grams or less per serving. Refined white flour has added sugars like in cakes, muffins, bagels, white bread and others. These foods are highly addictive and cause you craving more and more.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners, like in diet drinks or foods labeled “low fat” are like poison to our gut microbiome. These choices are definitely a no when trying to make good decisions.

Hydrogenated Oils / Trans Fats

Hydrogenated oils /trans fats have been replaced by high levels of Omega 6 which are just as bad for your health when levels are increased. Just be aware and check food labels.

Alcohol

Alcohol. Most of us can agree that a glass of wine may be relaxing and beneficial to our mental health. Just keep in mind that your body must burn the alcohol first, before it can use the stored fat for fuel. Bottom line is moderation; no more than 6 oz. per day.

Protein


Increase your protein intake. If you are not a meat eater, there are many other options for protein you can put into your diet. Protein helps boost a higher metabolic rate which helps keep daily calorie expenditures higher.


Always check your labels on the foods and drinks you choose. The more you are aware of what you are putting in your body the better prepared you are for a healthy life style .




Melanie Edwards
Melanie Edwards

Melanie has over 32 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Former WJCL contributor for “Hot ‘n Healthy” and head of Coastal Georgia’s YMCA “Biggest Loser” initiative, Melanie has accredited experience in the development and execution of regionally recognized fitness programs.

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