Have you noticed everywhere you look from magazines to social media the overabundance of so many “healthy treats.” We’re surrounded by all of these new “healthier” ways to eat anything from dessert to pancakes.
While seeing all of this and constantly studying about the body it’s hard to justify incorporating the words “balance” and “moderation” into life.
I do like to believe that we can eat anything very much in moderation or in balance. The balance of nutrient dense foods with the not so nutrient dense foods. The problem is that we all have a different definition of what is moderation or what on occasion means.
While it seems that we are wanting and trying to become more health conscious and aware of what we put into our bodies, I feel like we are using the word “healthy” as an excuse to go overboard. The fact is there is lots of false advertising and lots of marketing going on. Just because something is marketed as healthy, all natural, fat free, etc. does NOT mean that it’s good for our bodies.
No matter where you live I am sure that you can find a place that sales a “healthy” cookie, cupcake, etc. They may look tempting. They say healthy so it must be alright to buy it right? That cookie is labeled “vegan, gluten free, and sugar free” isn’t that like the trifecta of health? Not necessarily. I was in the store and made a point to read the ingredients on an “all natural, gluten free” cookie. The label was not lying. There was no gluten and nothing artificial. It did not contain white sugar, but this alternative sweet included maple syrup. There is nothing wrong with real maple syrup. It’s all natural and tastes great, but it’s really high in natural sugar.
The body will respond the same way to white sugar the same way it will respond to maple syrup. It does not differentiate between simple sugars. That’s where the problem can lie. The labels justify our thoughts that we deserve this, and we believe it’s not an indulgence.
No matter what a label says an indulgence is just that. It’s something that should not make up the majority of your diet.
If you want dessert, have dessert. Enjoy it, but do not be mislead by buzzwords.
Foods labeled as all natural and packed with nutrients can be tricky. As more and more people are removing gluten or other ingredients from their diets, foods are being filled with other things to fill in the gaps to make a similar taste and texture. (This is the same thing that happened 20 or so years ago when all fat was removed from foods and replaced with sugar. Now look at us today, trying to run and hide from sugar.)
Many of these healthier food substitutes are coming from nuts- think almonds, cashews, and even coconut. Almond butter, coconut oil, cashew flour, almond milk, etc. are found in so many foods. There is nothing wrong with these foods, as they are natural but should be consumed in moderation. Even with these foods you may find sugar added to your almond milk so you have to choose wisely.
Once again don’t be fooled by that label, whether it’s gluten free or all natural. It’s not a license to overdo it.
I have seen people that can have one small treat a day and be fine, and I have seen those who just have to avoid things. I fall into the second group. It’s actually easier for me to just avoid treats all together for the majority of the time, but have something if I truly want it not just because the day is over.