Post # 17
“Low fat” is a gimmick. Dietary fat doesn’t equate to body fat. In fact, you need to eat fat in order for your body to burn fat, if you eat too little fat, your body holds on to it’s fat reserves harder and harder because your body thinks it is being malnurished.
Eat natural food and reduce the amount of carbs from grain (pasta, bread, etc.).
Post # 18
Try this guideline: Don’t eat anything that you couldnt pull from the ground, pluck from a tree, or chase down and kill. You’ll cut out everything processed/packaged, most simple carbs, and dairy. It’s an easy way to remember to eat totally naturally, and any foods that fall into these categories will already be low in fat/calories.
Post # 19
as others have said, weight loss = calories in < calories out.
for better health, eat whole foods: fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. that are not packaged but “as is.” At the beginning of the week, plan meals that include non-meat proteins (like beans), lots of veggies, and whole grains. eat meat only occasionally. Fish is good. It can require a little more work than “convenience foods” but I think its worth it. Sure, I go out to eat sometimes or have frozen french fries or order pizza, but the majority of my diet is “whole foods.” We plan our meals at the beginning of each week, take turns cooking, and eat left overs for lunch. Whole fat dairy is good for you, and it just tastes better. I do eat non-fat greek yogurt with my breakfast, but thats pretty much the only “reduced fat” item in our fridge I can think of.
Plus- its better for the earth, especially if you make an effort to buy local (and organic).
Post # 20
Thanks Bees, but I’m still am kinda confused.
I get that fruits, veggies, lean meats, whole grains are the best. My diet is packed with them.
What I am questioning is the “in between” stuff. These can be two different categories:
1) Things that go in between/on fruits, veggies, sandwiches, meats like dressing, butter, cheese, peanut butter etc.
2) Things that you eat between meals like granola bars, ice tea (sugar vs. splenda), yogurt (natural vs. low fat)…etc.
This is where I am having trouble deciding. Example:
All Natural Dannon yogurt has 150 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. Ingredients are yogurt, sugar, vanilla.
Dannon lite and fit has 110 calories and 0 fat, but it has fructose, aspertame, potassium sorbate, caramel color….etc
Now multiply this by 10 different choices/day. What do you choose?
Post # 21
YES- The all natural would be a way better choice- those nasty things that “save you” 40 calories are NOT better.
Post # 22
there are all-natural non-fat/low-fat yogurts – try stonyfield. that’s what I would go for 🙂
Post # 23
I agree with natural is better, especially for the foods that you listed. Some fat is good and necessary. I don’t use margarine – either oil or butter (but limited). For yogurt there’s lots of ways to have healthy low fat varities. We usually just make our own to make it less expensive and there’s no reason yogurt needs any sugar in it, splenda or otherwise – look at stoneyfield maybe. For peanut butter, I’ve just gotten used to having it not sweet and sugary, if I need a little sugar in the morning I just add a little honey to my PB and toast.
I guess part of what we do is just make a lot of our own stuff since most pre-made stuff just loads you with added sugar and chemicals and there’s no reason for either (well preservatives but making it yourself and eating it within the week avoids that problem). So in the summer we just make tea and stick it in the fridge and use one of our reuseable bottles to cart it around. That way you’re in charge of how much sugar is there and there’s no chemicals, just water and tea.
Post # 24
If you’re not trying to lose weight, I would go for the Natural yogurt. The 40 calories aren’t going to make much of a difference either way, especially if you’re eating healthy foods in general.
Post # 25
“Now multiply this by 10 different choices/day. What do you choose?”
Always the more natural version.
The top things I avoid are HFCS, soy, hydrogenated oils, and artificial sweetners.
I care far more about the ingredients than the calorie/fat count. I almost never read those “nutrition facts” percentages; I always read the ingredient list.
Post # 26
try making your own salad dressings with olive oil and vinegar, and whatever seasonings you want. I made this one last week and it was incredible. I could eat it all the time:
in between meals: eat fruit or veggies. try making your own hummus, or buy some (often there are local companies that do this) with just the basic ingredients in it. nothing wrong with some corn chips and fresh salsa! Larabars are expensive, but totally worth it. I don’t eat them often because of the price, but when they are on sale I stock up. They are great in a pinch (like if I can’t get to lunch until late in the day) and really fill you up.
Make a trail mix with nuts and dried fruit in the bulk section of a health food store.
with yogurt, I prefer to buy plain and add my own flavors. i freeze blueberries in the summer, and then I can mix those in in the morning, or add honey. I actually prefer plain now, and usually just mix in a little granola. You can make smoothies with plain yogurt and frozen fruit too, for a great snack.
Post # 27
Oh, and for beverages:
100% fruit juice (limit this to 8oz/day)- I drink maybe 6 oz in the morning
I have coffee with a bit of (organic & local) half and half in the morning
Lots and lots of water. We do buy cans of seltzer, but my partner primarily drinks those (he isn’t very good about getting enough water). I have a beer or glass of wine with dinner occasionally. In the summer, as others have suggested, I often make a pitcher of iced tea, or water with lemons, and keep it in the fridge. I sometimes buy Honestea (the un-sweetend kind). If you are craving a soda, mix some fruit juice with seltzer
Post # 28
OP: It IS tough to decide, you’re so right, and I think you’re on the right track by trying to avoid the crazy chemicals that appear in many so-called “healthy” processed foods. Like many PPs have said, if the words on the ingredient list are recognizable (“milk,” “vaniulla extract,” “fruit” VS 16-syllable something out of a chem lab) then you’re good. A lot of food companies fudge the nutritional numbers anyway.
Post # 29
I’d go for the non-artificial ingredients in a heartbeat. I took a biology class once and the prof explained that the body knows how to recognize sugar molecules but doesn’t know what to do with the fake chemical stuff.
Post # 30
I opt for splenda over sugar, but avoid the pink and blue sweeteners. The ultimate debate in our house is over butter/margarine. Fiance thinks butter is evil, and I think the same about margarine.
I just started eating yogurt as small meals throughout the day. I do not like the Yoplait lite because it has a chemical aftertaste and is overly sweet. Some of the Dannon Light & Fit are really good (Toasted Coconut Vanilla, Pear are my favs so far), but I am still trying to feel out what I like. I think I’ll pick up some greek yogurt next.
I typically don’t like most dressings or condiments, so I can’t make any suggestions.
I should switch to 2% cheese, but haven’t crossed over yet. That seems like a workable compromise, though.
Personally, I would rather eat smaller portions of something that is natural than tub full of something loaded with chemical substitutes. I find that I’m satisfied more quickly if what I’m eating is the “real deal”.
Post # 31
All natural in the world of marketing means nothing. Its not FDA regulated.
Dont choose flavored yogurt- fake or real sugar its crap. Choose plain yogurt and add some frozen berries
When I say natural, I mean naturally grown. Bread is not natural, flavored yogurt is not natural, hot dogs are not natural.
You can do low can AND natural. Make your own vinaigrette. Olive oil is healthy fay and good for you in moderation. You like creamy dressings? Make it with greek yogurt. Bottle dressings are full of starch, sugar and chemical.s
Its not an either/or situation which I think you seem to think it is. You can have both.