"Calories over Chemicals" - Article in Pine Township Neighbors

So, why don’t diets that have you counting points and buying frozen meals provide lasting results? Great question! It’s because you are filling your body with processed “fake food” by eating 100 calories of cardboard…and then maybe something else because you are still finding yourself hungry after you eat it. Sound familiar? 

Our bodies are not made to eat most of the things we put into them – things like fat flakes (yes, this is on a frozen pizza label), maltodextrin (what the heck is that anyway?), MSG, GMO, and hydrogenated oil. Some foods we eat have actually been classified by the FDA as carcinogens, yet they are still sold at most grocery stores across the world. When your body can’t process the food you put into it, it gets stored away like that pair of jeans you think you might someday wear,  and eventually, they get forgotten about and converted to fat, which by the way, is the hardest fat to burn off!  (Just to be clear, the food; not the jeans.) That means that you are eating food that your body can’t use. Isn’t that contradictory to what “diet friendly food” should do? Even the packaged food you think is healthy is often over-processed and overpriced.  When food manufacturers take the fat out of food, they often have to add extra things back into the food to give it flavor. Often times, this is sweetener that may actually be responsible for your cravings, your afternoon slumps, and even uncomfortable bloating.  

 So where does that leave you? Exactly where you should be! It leaves you with a fridge full of colorful whole foods, which often contain more calories than “diet friendly foods.” With it being peak produce season, what better time could there be to make the switch? Fill your diet with the food that your body is meant to eat; food that it can easily break down and use to nourish and energize your body. Why not grab some berries instead of that 100-calorie pack of cookies? If you are worried about the time it takes to prepare “real food” compared to the kind you just pop in the microwave, don’t be. You’ll be surprised about what you can find in the frozen food section (precooked brown rice, quinoa, cut up veggies, stir-fries); all of which can be prepared in a matter of minutes without the added junk. Yay!

In today’s world, we are all too busy, too stressed and too tired to prepare everything from scratch; I get it. If you’re going to stick with packaged foods, do your body a favor and download an app called, “Fooducate.” You basically just scan the bar code of your favorite “fake food.” The app then grades the food and offers better alternatives. An added bonus…the app is free!

Amie Dutka