I keep coming across these ads online with the headline about 5 or so foods you should never eat.
I hate the idea because believing we must forsake any sort of food or nutrient is a huge obstacle towards fitness independence.
Unless you have an allergic reaction to a food, like peanuts, there is absolutely no reason why you need to exclude anything from your diet.
Yea, yea, I know all about those who say sugar, grains, fruit, meat, processed foods, cooked foods or carbs are the root of all evil.
I’ve read the books and seen the videos on you tube.
For the record, I actualy believe 99% of what these theories have to say. But it’s that 1% that makes all of the difference in the world.
The difference isn’t that I believe eating food or ingredient X is bad. Instead I believe over eating food or ingredient X is bad.
Our fitness, and particularly our diet, industry is filled with the idea that if too much of something is bad then the best cure is to eliminate that thing entirely.
In order to do that, the book authors and the diet creators build a culture of fear around these various floods. They use science, experience and anything they can find to sell you on the idea that eating some occasional chocolate is one of the most terrible thing you can do to yourself.
But the reality is that we don’t have to forsake anything completely to be healthy and fit. Sure we could be better off without a candy bowl on the desk at work, but that doesn’t mean we need to give up candy.
The problem with knowing how much is okay is that it takes time, practice and introspection to know if eating a large steak is a good idea or not.
It takes skills and some effort to learn how best to build your own diet.
But few people are willing to do the work. They just want a simple eat-this-but-don’t-eat-that approach. It’s so much easier to get the head around.
The irony is that the longer people try and forsake large food choices the more difficult it is to stay on the strait and narrow. The more they forsake and the longer they forsake it the stronger the cravings build and the farther they fall when they fall off the wagon.
But with healthy balanced choices, the opposite happens. The Moore freedom and options you have the less cravings hit you. The more your skills develope and the easier healthy eating becomes.
So without further ado, here is my list of 5 foods you must never eat.
- Foods you don’t want to eat but are told you should.
I once saw a body builder down a protien shake after his workout because he was told he had to do it as soon as the last rep was finished. The only problem was he w feeling sick to his stomach and that shake make an encore appearance all over the floor shortly thereafter.
I also have a friend who can’t stand yogurt but she keeps reading about how good yogurt is for her.
We live in a time where we’re have an insane amount of options when it comes to how and what we eat. Why on eart would you force yourself to eat something you don’t want to eat?
There are no dietary rules that are so important that we have to fight our own body to adhere to them.
- Foods that are not bringing your any enjoyment or satisfaction.
Food is supposed to help you feel and perform well. Period. If its not doing that then its a waste of time and resources.
Pay attention to the satisfaction and enjoyment food brings you and be very picky about when and what you eat for things that you enjoy.
If anything is making you feel bad in any way then something is wrong and needs to be corrected.
- Foods that are past their prime
This doesn’t need any explanation other than if something is rotten or spoiled then pass it by.
- Goods you have a reaction or allergic reaction to.
Again, shouldn’t need any coaxing here. If something brings you any sort of discomfort for any reason at all then something is off and it needs to be taken care of.
- Foods you eat just to not let them go to waste or to get your money’s worth.
Don’t use your body as a food waste bin!
You can only proccess and use so much food at a time. When your body is telling you it’s had enough, there is little point to keep stuffing it in. If it doesn’t go to waste on the plate it can go to waste in the body.
You’re not really saving money by polishing off that massive sandwich. You’ve already paid for it. It’s not like you can take those last few bites up to the counter and ask for a refund.
Adding that one last trip to the buffet doesn’t mean your getting more for your money. It just means you’re getting some negative consequences that you’ve paid good money for.
The best way to ensure you get the best value is to buy and eat just the right amount of food. Anything more or less is missing the target.