For most of my life, I have been dieting in some sort of way. I believe that I have tried just about every fad diet and have lost hundreds of pounds over the years. One of the most difficult types for me is the ones that completely eliminate a class of food. When I was not allowed to have things like bread, then I was just setting myself up for failure.
We hear and read a lot of conflicting stories in the media. I remember when eggs were demonized by health gurus because of their cholesterol. Many of us stuck with boring egg whites or eliminated eggs altogether. Now, nutritionists tell us what a healthy source of protein eggs are, and to have them in moderation. That is a good thing, because I like eggs.
I found an interesting article on Foodnetwork.com recently. It discussed 10 of the top foods that are surprisingly good for you. Some of them, I already knew; however, there were some that I would never have guessed would be on the list.
The one that shocked me the most was burritos. I do not think that I have been on any diet that touted burritos as being healthy. Of course, it all depends on how it is made. If I load it down with sour cream and cheese, it is no longer good for me. The article says that lean beef or chicken, low-fat cheese, and plenty of fresh salsa are healthy options. It is like having the food groups rolled into a delicious treat.
Spaghetti and meatballs were another shocker on the list. One of my biggest downfalls is breads and pasta. Today, there are many whole-wheat pasta options. The article suggests keeping the portions to three ounces of lean meatballs with a cup of pasta. The tomato sauce has beneficial lycopene. So, pasta was never the enemy. It was the portions that were weighing me down.
Other formerly “banned” foods were mentioned on the list. I never did stop eating bananas. Like the article explains, they are a wonderful source of potassium. The list included potatoes, avocados, peanut butter and the venerable egg. The article was sure to mention that portion control was imperative when it comes to any food.
This article reminded me that fad diets just do not work. If we completely eliminate the foods we love, we will end up failing. Modest portions of everything help us create healthy, life-long eating habits.