There are so many things I say to my clients especially those that I help with food prep for the week. The major thing I run into stepping into a new clients life is the CRAP they eat. We go through a series of steps, but I really want to stress to everyone the importance of step 1!
1st step: Limit C.R.A.P. foods!
As the popular saying states: “Not all calories are created equal.” For example, calories from
hydrogenated fats aren’t used by the body in the same way as essential fats, such as
Omega 3’s from chia seeds or flax seeds.
The best advice for the general population wanting to improve their health through nutrition
is to limit the foods that fall in the following categories:
C – Carbonated drinks. These are high in fructose, a type of sugar that is
processed by the body as a toxin and therefore stored as fat. It is thought that
one of the main causes of the obesity epidemic is the high consumption of fizzy
drinks such as sodas (yup diet too!), lemonade and concentrated fruit juices.
R – Refined sugar. As the saying goes: “The whiter the bread, the fatter you
get.” This category includes white flour, white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
All of these are often combined in pastries, cakes, cookies and many cereals.
A – Artificial colors and flavorings. These are often included in
confectionery products (sweets, candy), soft drinks, party foods and snacks such
as chips. A also stands for Alcohol, which is processed by the body as a toxin
and stored as fat.
P – Processed products. Heavily processed foods are more likely to contain all
of the above, and also trans fats, which are considered a danger to health.