Can I lose weight and eat my pancakes too? The answer is YES!
It seems as a species that we are more confused than ever about what we should be eating. Practically everyday there is a new diet that is being touted as the answer to all of your weight and fitness goals. You’ve probably heard of a few of them: Atkins, HCG, South Beach, high carb low fat, high fat low carb, the cabbage soup diet, the list goes on and on.
The problem with most of these diets is that the majority of them are not sustainable long term, not to mention the imbalances these sort of diets create in our bodies. Some eliminate entire food groups all together. I mean can you live on 30 grams of carbohydrates per day, for six months? Sure you could. But is that really living? I don’t want to jump down any rabbit holes here; nutrition can be pretty simple if you let it.
Most of us know that eating too much sugar wrecks havoc in our bodies. Excess sugar creates inflammation, overgrowth of bad gut bacteria, insulin resistance, obesity, food cravings, etc. Science tells us sugar is more addictive than cocaine. That’s a scary thought. Most of today’s processed foods are loaded with sugar. Sugar is actually found in our food under 61 different names, all approved by the FDA. That seems a little deceptive doesn't it?
Unfortunately the problems with processed food don't stop there. The high amount of chemicals, preservatives, and GMO that is found in packaged food is astronomical. It’s almost crazy that we consider some of this garbage, food at all.
Now don't get me wrong, not everything in a package is bad for you. There are some nutritious foods finding their way into package form because we are a society of convenience. For example packed nuts are a clean healthy snack on the run.
Getting back to the basics, I remember what my grandparents used to say “you have to finish your vegetables before you leave the table.” It really is that simple. Eat real food, a lot of vegetables, most of the time. Truly all of the food groups are important. Your plate should always look something like this: protein 1/4 plate, starch 1/4 plate, fruit and vegetables 1/2 plate, fat serving the size of your thumb. If you’re trying to lose a little bit of weight, choose a smaller plate and move your body, just a little bit every day. You don’t have to kill yourself at the gym or train like an Olympic athlete. A 20 min walk everyday counts and you’ll see and feel the affects!
Does this mean you have to eat perfect to look and feel amazing. Absolutely not! I break the rules all of the time. I am a busy, working, mother and wife, with 2 boys and an ambitious schedule. I am so grateful that I created a company that sells healthy prepackaged meals, a.k.a. Fuel Packs. I simply don’t have the time to cook all of the time.
I often tell clients about the 80:20 rule. If 80% of your food choices are real, whole, nutritious food, that means that 20% of the time you can eat foods that fall into the “processed” or “high sugar”, “high fat” categories, guilt free. What 20% equates to is moderation. No one becomes obese, gets heart disease or dies of any other sugar related disease from 20% of their diet not being perfect. If you are someone that has to have a piece of chocolate every night after dinner, enjoy a square! Just practice moderation.
So back to the pancakes… If they really are your thing I often recommend to try and find a way to eat the food you love in the healthiest form possible. Pancakes for example, are a staple at my house. We eat the Pumpkin Pancake Fuelpacks at least once a week. The best part is, they fall under the 80%. I don’t believe in depriving yourself of things you love. That’s as sustainable as removing all fat from your life. Not a chance.
Welcome to 2017, where nutrition and reaching your goals should be a lot simpler this year. Avoid the crazy trendy diets and just get back to the basics. Pick up your Fuelpacks today and spend the time you save cooking doing something that you love.
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