Wheat — Who Needs It?
Most Americans grew up with bread as a dietary staple, but it does way more damage than good. The wheat that is used to mass-produce bread today is very different (genetically) than the wheat that was harvested even 50 – 100 years ago. Research also shows that people who eat a lot of white bread are more likely to be overweight than those who don’t. Try to replace regular wheat-based flours and grains in your diet with almond flour or other healthy flour alternatives. The Wheat Belly Cookbook offers a wide range of recipes and suggestions for those interested in making this important change in their diet.
You know fried foods are bad. Try to minimize your intake wherever possible. Those who eat a lot of fried foods have higher cholesterol and blood pressure than those who don’t. And, eating excessive fried foods has been shown to cause irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux. Take your favorite fried dishes and turn them into a baked dish.
Skip the Cream Salad Dressings
Salads can be healthy, but what you put on your salad determines how healthy it really is. Cream-based salad dressings are generally bad news (check the nutritional facts to be sure): they’re usually high in sugar and can offset some of the gains you get from choosing to go the “Salad Route”. Use oil-based salad dressings instead of cream ones — your body will thank you. Healthy Vinaigrette (sold at most Atlanta area Krogers in the “Healthy Foods” section) is a delicious, healthy alternative.
Just Give Up on White Rice
Rice is a common ingredient that you find in just about every Asian cuisine, but white rice is like white bread: little to no nutritional value. Instead, go with brown rice and get more fiber, vitamins and minerals. If you feel like you need to replace the carb intake, choose beans or quinoa.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Yes, this is a controversial topic, but research is solid when it comes to the health effects of too much high fructose corn syrup in the diet. Avoid all processed sugars if you can — they increase triglyceride levels.
Meet Up With a Professional
It’s not always diet that keeps a person from losing weight. If you’re struggling to maintain a healthy weight, it might be a hormonal imbalance or even a food sensitivity keeping the weight on. Meet with the professionals at Natural Health Atlanta and let us assess your diet. We can run a few tests to help you determine what foods might be keeping the weight on and what foods you should eliminate from your diet entirely.