Although I usually try to give you tips and suggestions of things to do that will benefit you, today is a little different.
Today I want to tell you about 5 processed, unhealthy foods that you should never reach for again – not on your cheat day and not ever, ever again!
Yes, I am serious!!
These five items are sneaky with their labels, unhealthy with their contents, and processed over and over again.
If you’ve read my posts about Isabel De Los Rios, you already know that she is a huge fan of WHOLE & REAL foods! Isabel loves butter, coconut oil, avocados, and her program – now called Beyond Diet – and improved and better than ever – helps you to learn about the real, rich, satisfying foods that are perfect for YOU!!
5 Foods NOT To Purchase!
Item #1: Flavored Or Fruit-On-The-Bottom Yogurt
Let me clarify! Greek yogurt, eaten plain or with real fruits, is quite good for you! Yogurt has probiotics, protein, and cultures that help the system to feel regular and to digest well.
Fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt is a DESSERT food, and not even a healthy one at that! Do not purchase it and do not fall for the “no sugar added” claim, as you know that means the food companies just remove real sugar and add in sugar substitutes, like high fructose corn syrup, which are even WORSE for us than the real stuff!
Item #2: “Fat-Free” Chips
If you’re looking for a satisfying CRUNCH and something salty, make your own kale chips. Buy kale, wash it, rip the leaves from the stem, and lay on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, spices, and even a tiny tiny bit of salt over the kale and bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Easy! Crunchy! Healthy!
Regular chips, and especially “fat free” chips, contain olestra – which makes you have to use the restroom very quickly, to put it kindly.
Did you know olestra is BANNED in many countries outside the United States? There is a good reason for this! Do NOT eat products with olestra, unless you want to risk spending your afternoon in the restroom.
My quick and easy Kale Chip recipe came from Beyond Diet, by Isabel De Los Rios. She never leaves you hanging – she has recipes for every meal, every occasion, and she insists we use whole, healthy ingredients!
Item #3: Diet Soda
Yes, of course, you knew this would be on the list, right?
New York City has banned super large sodas, and other major cities may soon follow suit.
Diet Soda contains fake sugars that send you on a speedy sugar crash only to drop you flat just a few moments later. Once you get over the “sugar high” of the soda, you’re simply left craving more or you’re really, really hungry, and likely to reach for another bad choice.
If you need some caffeine, reach for a shot of pure black espresso!
Item #4: Alternative Eggs/Liquid Egg Whites/Egg Beaters
If you’ve been ditching the yolks of eggs, you may want to re-think that desicision. Many egg alternatives contain artificial ingredients such as added“color” and sweeteners, just like the ones used in candy. Plus, the yolks hold about 40 percent of an egg’s protein, so if you’re looking for a protein fueled snack, reach for a hard-boiled egg – the whole thing, not just the white of the egg.
Item #5: Bottled Sauces/Marinades/BBQ Sauce
These items are not allowed on the Cabbage Soup Diet, and you should not reach for them after the Diet week is over, either. Bottled sauces contain SO much salt and sugar that it is not even funny!
High levels of the sugary sauces can make you eat MORE, not less, and both barbecue sauce and Italian dressing, for example, could have 21 grams of sugar per 8 ounces — and the low-fat kind could have two times as much while they lower the fat.
Use pure spices as a dry-rub on your meat instead – you’ll save money and PLENTY of calories!
Remember, if you need some amazing new recipes to go with the whole, healthy foods you’re not eating, let Isabel De Los Rios take you from boring to BEYOND with her new, improved program, Beyond Diet!
To your health,