My philosophy on food is everything in moderation and eating whole foods as much as possible. However, there are definitely a few foods that you should skip! Making small changes to your diet will help you stay on track and reach your goals. These five foods can be swaped for better choices or you can ditch them altogether.
Ditch These Five Foods
- White bread – This is the easiest food to avoid. Whole wheat bread has much more fiber and is very easy to find. Pick one with 100% whole wheat as the first ingredient. Fiber helps to control blood sugars and lower cholesterol.
- Sugary cereal, granola and granola bars – Many brands are packed with sugar, but use great marketing to get you to buy it anyways. Look for cereals, granola and granola bars that have less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. If those brands also have protein and extra fiber then you’re set for a healthier option for breakfast or a snack.
- Soda and diet soda – I probably don’t have to tell you twice, but there is absolutely NO nutritional value in soda. It is simply pure sugar or packed with sugar substitutes. If you crave the carbonation grab a sparkling water instead. If you’re trying to lose weight cutting out soda should be your first step.
- Processed meats – This includes lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, etc. Most processed meats are loaded with sodium and nitrates and nitrites which have been linked to cancer. Aim for cooking fresh meats like chicken, turkey, fish, beef and pork.
- Yogurt with fruit on the bottom – I love eating Greek and Icelandic yogurt almost daily. Yogurt can be a nutritious snack if you pick the right one. Yogurt with fruit on the bottom or with sugary toppings can have up to 30 grams of sugar! Make sure you always read the nutrition facts label.