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Ask the PresidentDecember 31, 2018
Are those “healthy” “lean” frozen meals really healthy for you? No, unfortunately even when they say ‘heathy’ or ‘no preservatives’ it’s very unlikely that is true. When food is highly processed like a frozen ‘meal’, several things happen. Processing takes out the fiber and most of the taste from the food in its natural state. Therefore, ‘flavorings’ have to be added. Flavoring, both ‘natural and artificial’ are usually man-made in a lab. And, these flavorings are usually proprietary, you will never know what’s in them. Other ingredients usually hidden sugars and sodium are added often with unrecognizable names. Processed oils are another favorite in these meals, as well as soy products. Worst of all, how could a meal taste good with all these gross ingredients? This is an actual ‘review’ of another diet’s frozen meal dinner – we won’t say who 😊 “I like turkey and I like mashed potatoes, but this dinner was not good. some, not all, of the turkey pieces had a tough rubbery texture. None of the turkey tasted very good. the mashed potatoes were clearly instant – no taste, weird texture and watered down. I will not order this again!” I’ve heard that you should stay away from all carbs if you are trying to lose weight. Is this true? Absolutely not. Carbohydrates are the only type of energy the brain uses. And, our body does not store carbohydrates. They are SO important! Now, are there good and bad carbs? Or carbs that are better for you than others? Absolutely. Have you ever gone on a ‘carb-free’ diet and lost weight? Probably, right? However, how quickly did you gain it back when you took the first bite of a piece of bread. Pretty fast I’m sure. And, you probably then craved them even more. That’s because when you deprive the body of a critical nutrient, then have it again, it signals the brain to want more in the event you take it away again. Our brains are pretty smart don’t you think? Carbs can be a part of a healthy diet, even the ones that aren’t the best for you. Moderation is the key. You may think that carbs are only bread and cakes but carbohydrates include fruits, rice, pasta, potatoes and beans too. Why not have all those good things? They can be a part of a healthy and balanced diet. Are frozen fruits & veggies as good as fresh? Is there any nutritional value to canned? Yes, frozen fruits & veggies are a good substitute for fresh. It could be argued that maybe even better in certain cases because they are frozen soon after they are harvested. Canned fruits & vegetables always have added ingredients, usually sodium or other preservatives as well as the potential chemical leakage from the can itself. So, stick to fresh or frozen. I’ve been hearing that low-fat and fat-free foods are not good for me? Is this true? Any time you alter a food by taking out the fat, it is now not the same food you started with. Food should never be ‘substituted’ or altered. Foods that have been altered, like ‘low-fat’, ‘low-calorie’ do not take the place of real food. Only real whole foods can heal the body and regulate weight. Real foods provide the right nutrients needed to restore metabolic health. The diet and processed food industry has taken the power away from you by telling you what is good for you. They are lying to make a profit and your health is not as important to them as their bottom line is. I’ve seen a lot of advertising about a diet that offers “free foods” or foods that you can eat as much of as you want. What do you think about this? Nothing in life is free :/ I think the company that is promoting ‘free foods’ is doing a big disservice to the public. For instance, I know that they consider chicken, beans, ‘thinly’ sliced deli turkey, nonfat yogurt, eggs, fruit and some other foods ‘free’ which means - eat as much as you want. Well, I think they are insulting the intelligence of the American people. Everyone clearly knows and understands that there is a LIMIT to everything. And shame on them for preying on those that have emotional eating problems or a lot of weight to lose, not to mention health problems. Clearly if I ate chicken, beans, ‘thinly’ sliced deli turkey, eggs, fruit all day and THEN had to use up my points…hmm I wonder what I’ll use them up with? How about some un-named company bars, brownies, muffins, etc. that I have to buy? Basically, this program is designed to teach you how to cheat and increase the profit of the company promoting it. And speaking of profits…if so many foods are FREE and you can lose weight eating them, why do you need to pay monthly for their program?? Nothing is free, this program is meant to ‘control’ you even more, it’s just disguised better than their other plans. Marketing at it’s best. Which brings me to another question about this un-named company. If they are so successful and have found the secret to weight loss, then why do they keep having to change their plans? Gimmicks if you ask me. Just like the paid celebrity promoting the company because she owns a stake in it. Suspect for sure. One more thing and then I’ll stop – Who would want to be a Lifetime Member of a diet company? That just means you probably came back over and over, which tells me their diet doesn’t work! And look out if you gain 2lbs above your goal weight, you are demoted back to the crowd. Unbelievable. Ok, I’m done. Is chicken better for you then beef? Chicken (and other white meats) are most likely healthier for you than beef because it contains less saturated fat. However, I believe all meat, including beef, can be a part of a healthy diet. What I think is most important about meat with today’s food industry is the quality. The meat that is available in grocery stores is not like the meat our grandparents and even parents ate. For example –
- Most of the meat available today has been raised in a CAFO operation. CAFO stands for: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. Animals raised in CAFO’s rarely, if ever get fresh air, are in crowded spaces and exposed to unsanitary conditions and disease.
- Companies are allowed put additives, colorings and other unhealthy ingredients into meat without labelling them. So, you may have a reaction or intolerance when you eat chicken or beef, but it may not be from the meat itself, but rather the additives you are unaware of.
- According to Dr. Perlmutter (Author of Grain Brain) – “If animals are fed grains (usually corn or soybeans), then they will not have adequate omega-3 fatty acids in their diets and their meat will be deficient in these vital nutrients. Hence the call for consuming grass-fed beef.”
- Every day I have a salad at lunch with non-fat dressing
- I eat whole wheat Wonder Bread
- I only eat low-fat, non-fat, devoid of fat…you get the picture, foods
- I drink diet soda
- I drink a protein shake for breakfast
- I only eat egg whites
- I avoid fruit (Really?)
- I don’t eat potatoes
- I haven’t had a carb in years
- The keto diet is very low in carbohydrates which is the energy source the body prefers, especially the brain.
- When you bring carbohydrates back into your diet, which you have to at some point, it’s easy to overdo it, and thus gain weight quickly.
- The keto diet is not a realistic long-term solution as it is very restrictive.
- Most people will experience brain fog, irritability and fatigue when severely restricting carbohydrates.
- You will be eating more protein, which is good, unless you eat poor quality, or processed protein, as the nutrient content may be decreased.
- People with certain health conditions should avoid the keto diet, those with kidney conditions for one.