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What Do You Mean It’s Bad For Me??!!

Okay here we go.  This post was inspired by many many….many questions about supposed healthy foods.  In this country, the food industry has been disguising horrible unhealthy foods as healthy.  They have done this in many different ways, but I think that the most despicable are the clever names that they give to crappy food in order to make it sound okay to eat.  The following is a small list of junk that poses as healthy food.  However, these are all foods that you should stay away from.  Some will be obvious, and some will probably surprise a lot of you.  Take notes and pay attention.

1. MUFFINS–  Where do I start with this one?  How about the fact that the name “muffin” was created so that people would not feel guilty about eating cake for breakfast.  I did not make that up, it is 100% true, look it up.  That being said, I think most of you know that a GIANT muffin for breakfast is not good.  Add to that the muffin probably has about 1500 calories in it (most women’s daily need) and you have your answer.

2.  Any kind of 100 Calorie pack–  I know I am going to break a lot of hearts with this one, but they are a waste of not only calories, but money.  Now here is my question, is an Oreo only bad because of its size?  NO it’s bad cause it’s a flippin Oreo and it’s made with processed crap. Ok….Ok….I’ve calmed down.  Now my point is this, if you eat a little bit of a turd, you are still eating a turd.  It doesn’t much matter what the serving size is… Does it?

3.  Lean Pockets–  Yay!! what we have all been waiting for a product with the work “LEAN” right in the title, this must be good.  Uh wrong, this gut bomb is basically a pastry filled with mystery meat.  Who thought that this was a good idea?  Did someone stand up in a meeting and say, “Yea, I think we should fill a pop tart with nasty meat”  and everyone went “YES, I LOVE IT.”  Bottom line, anything that has been pre cooked, and then frozen, and is “meat” is probably not a good choice.

4.  Breakfast Cereal–  Man am I sick of seeing these commercials on T.V. where a kid gets done playing catch with dad, or doing something really active, then comes inside and has a big bowl of Frosted Flakes.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  These cereals have more sugar than anything else in them.  In no way, I don’t care how many times the box says “whole grain” or “heart health” or any other term they made up, is that stuff healthy for you.  And we wonder why the child obesity rate and diabetes cases are sky rocketing.

5.  Yogurt–  Talk about taking a good thing and screwing it up.  Yogurt, which used to be an amazing part of your diet, has now become sugary soup.  Yogurt in its true form is great for you.  It has many different benefits ranging from the probiotics which help your digestive tract, to being high in protein which can help you recover from a workout.  Now however, the amount of sugar and other crap that most yogurts have out weigh the good stuff.

6.  “Fruit Juice”–  Before you freak out, hear me out.  Any juice product that is a % of juice is CRAP!  Since when do we have to settle for 50% juice?  What happened to juice actually being juice?  I think that taking a piece of fruit, and squeezing the juice out was working pretty well.  We didn’t need a laundry list of ingredients…just juice.  When you do buy juice, make sure that it is NOT from concentrate, and is 100% real juice. ( little tip: real juice will separate on the shelf, so OJ will look like it has 2 layers that you have to shake up.)

7.  Soups–  Now I want start by saying that yes there are some healthy soups out there.  Okay, got that out of the way.  The problem is that the healthy soups aren’t the best tasting ones.  I see people all the time order a soup thinking that they are choosing a low calorie option, when in reality, for the calories in that bowl of soup they may as well have had a burger and fries.  For instance Chile’s New England Clam Chowder is 940 cal!!!

  1. Blaire
    March 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    What are some alternatives for those items? What are the healthy yogurts, soups and cereals??

    • March 10, 2011 at 5:39 am

      @Blaire, for the yogurts you want to go as “natural” as possible. Meaning that yogurt in its natural state is sour. So if the yogurt you are eating is really sweet, it is probably crap. Cereal, you want whole grain and NO sugar. Soups are not a favorite of mine unless you are making them yourself. Can soup is typically crap. We will go over all of this during our grocery store tour.

  2. March 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

    soup is SO easy to make yourself. carrots+bell peppers+blender=tasty. add some garlic or other spices. YOU control what you put into it. So if you add salt or other caloric add-ins, be aware how much you are putting in. honestly though, using fresh herbs and spices, if you slow cook it you wont need to add anything else. you can always freeze it and reheat it for later if you eat canned food and such because of the time issue.

  3. April 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Such a great post to share because it uncovers the fake health traps people fall for and then wonder why they are not losing weight.

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