It’s day 3 of our Love Your Food series! How are you doing? Are you loving the food you eat today? Be sure to get caught up on Days 1-3 before reading today’s article.
Perhaps it was in a quest for organization that foods got divided into “good” and “bad” categories. Unfortunately, the world of food things are typically not so black and white… unless you’re talkin’ beans of course, but that’s another story. The point is, the whole “good” food, “bad” food thing is just another food myth. While there are certainly foods that should be enjoyed less frequently and in smaller amounts, those said foods may still be beneficial to your meal plan. Not so much in a nutrient-rich way, but perhaps in an emotional, feel-good sort of way.
We’re taking a stance on food here, and declaring that ALL foods should be shown a little love.
Foods like deep-fried oreos, bacon wrapped hot dogs, and chicken ranch pizza, may not necessarily be considered “good” foods. They likely fall into the so called “bad” food category. However, if these foods top your foods to love list, there is no reason to not have them on the rare occasion. They may not provide much nutritionally, but they do provide something. Often the feeling of enjoyment, taste, and satisfaction. By allowing yourself to enjoy these indulgent treats every now and then, you’ll probably feel less deprived and more empowered because your food doesn’t control you. Instead, you intentionally place those foods on the back burner and look for other nutrient-rich foods to fill up the majority of your meal plan.
So go on and show all the foods you love some lovin’. Just don’t get carried away with any in particular. If you have a craving for something that’s not exactly healthy, go ahead and eat it. Just be sure to keep yourself in check and stop before eating that whole plate of deep-fried oreos. Also keep in mind that having a diet based solely on a handful of “healthy” foods isn’t great either. It is essential to get a variety of nutrients, and therefore you must eat a variety of foods!
Day 3 Homework: Do you classify foods as good or bad? Instead, classify your foods as “everyday”, “sometimes” and “rare” foods. Start with your meal plan. How would you classify the foods on there? Are there any foods you incorporated this week not on your meal plan? Where would they fall?