Wednesday, August 17, 2016

List: Ten health foods that aren't healthy.

A couple of months back, I re-started my healthy swap challenge to lose a stubborn 5 pounds.
I know.  You’re all really sick of hearing about my healthy swaps already.  I totally get it!
I already told you all about my squats and my new found love for tea.
What I didn’t tell you is that I cut back on carbohydrates, unhealthy snacks, and lazy nights in bed.
It’s been two months and I can’t confirm that I lost weight, but I really do feel better.
I don’t weigh myself.  When you have anxiety, you avoid the things that could trigger a meltdown.

Ten health foods that aren't so healthy.

1.  Smoothies
I’m a huge fan of Tropical Smoothie and I have been indulging to my heart’s content.
After checking out their nutrition facts, I learned that I’d be better off with a gallon of ice cream.
Not to mention, their smoothies only come in one size:  gigantic!  I’m cutting these out completely.

2.  Salad
I eat salad with fresh mozzarella 5 days a week for lunch, and I absolutely love it!
I did a healthy swap of fresh avocado instead of salad dressing, and it’s even more delicious.
Dressings are filled with calories and preservatives.  Opt for oil and vinegar or try my avocado swap!

3.  Oatmeal
My daily breakfast is a packet of apple cinnamon flavored Quaker instant oatmeal.
The sugar content is enough to make you eep!  I switched to oat bran with cinnamon and berries.
Please don’t tell, but I also put a little drop of syrup in my organic oat bran for my sweet tooth!

4.  Wraps
One popular healthy food trend is wraps filled with yummy different things.
Compare the nutrition facts of your wrap to your bread.  You’ll see that the wraps are worse!
I’ll be swapping wraps and breads for an open faced sandwich with only healthy fillers.

5.  Peanut Butter
I’ve been buying the reduced fat peanut butter thinking that I made a healthy swap.
A coworker told me that the fat they took out of the peanut butter was replaced with sugar.
I guess that my peanut butter and banana snack will now be a peanut and banana snack.

6.  Diet Drinks
These drinks may have less sugar, but the companies make up for it with chemicals.
Some diet sodas in particular have been linked to Multiple Sclerosis type symptoms.
Water and tea, people.  Just drink water and tea!!  And, maybe just one cup of coffee…

7.  Cold Cuts
It’s not uncommon for me to roll up a few slices of turkey and stick them on top of my salad.
Turns out that this deli meat is packed with preservatives, sodium, and fat.
When I was pregnant, the doctored banned me from eating any cold cuts.  Red flag much?

8.  Protein Bars
I've been told that despite my healthy diet, I can't lose the last few pounds because of protein.
I tried to up my protein intake by buying Cliff Protein bars.  They're yummy but full of sugar.
I went back to hard boiled eggs in the morning, but it still isn't the 20 grams from the bar!

9.  Sugar Substitutes
This is something that I used once, despised the after taste, and never used again.
Sugar substitutes are typically filled with chemicals that are known to cause medical issues.
This might be a myth for some brands, but the hypochondriac inside of me will not risk it!

10.  Yogurt
While yogurt has great things in it for digestive systems and women bits, I hate the taste of it.
Plain yogurt is a very healthy snack, but the flavored ones are full of sugar and preservatives.
Trix yogurt shouldn’t even be legal to serve to children!!  I serve Mushy the organic, plain kind.

What unhealthy health foods tricked you?

7 comments:

  1. yes, everything these days contains either sugar, salt or chemical ingredients. That is why it is best not to use any refined or industrial products especially if you have kids.

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  2. I used to eat oatmeal and power bars too thinking I was being healthy. Dang, was I ever a sucker! Now I swap for plain Greek yogurt topped with unsalted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and a drizzle of organic honey.

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  3. I'm horrible at it but staying away from processed foods is really the best for your diet. But sometimes, a girl's just gotta have her Cheezits

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  4. Don't eat anything processed what so ever at my sea, so I'm safe. But yeah, companies sure try to pull the wool over your eyes. Like the whole "Gluten Free" or "Trans Fat" free trick. They can say that when it really isn't, as long as it is below a certain percentage.

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  5. Diet soda tricked me and now I can't make myself give it up. I think of it as my treat. I appreciate the warning about the peanut butter.

    Love,
    Janie

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  6. The best way to loose weight is to eat mostly lean protein and less carbs.
    Don't sweat the sugar so much! If you're dying for something sweet eat dark chocolate or one scoop of ice cream. Eggs or protein bar for breakfast, fat free cottage cheese and fruit for lunch, a greek yogurt for a snack and a sensible dinner. 8 glasses of water a day. I even had a small dessert some nights with dinner. Stay away from bad carbs...bread, cereal, oatmeal, wraps, pasta, etc. I lost 11 pounds in 2 months this summer. No exercise, either!

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  7. Check my weight and you'll know the answer to that question, Jax.

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