When I started dating Ben, I had to learn how to cook for a picky 5 year old, a very healthy, picky 5 year old. This punk’s discipline is pretty strong. Don’t tell him I told you, but his kryptonite includes starburst jelly beans and cheesecake, especially the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake I make a few times a year. Back to the point, when I eat something less than ideally healthy, I offer to share and he tries his best to not look disgusted. I’m either very perceptive or he is just a bad liar, but I’ll ask him why it’s not good for me and he’ll explain. Ben does a great job of putting into lay terms why something is unhealthy. Instead of the using crazy terminology I don’t understand, he uses words that can put things into perspective. So below are some reasons as to why we try to avoid or reduce certain items in our way of eating.
Here are some things we try to reduce
White Flour – White flour has very little nutrients but a LOT of calories. Vegetables have a lot of nutrients and not a lot of calories so you get more bang for your buck.
Bread/Pasta– Most breads and pasta are fairly processed. It is better if you can get your grains from unprocessed sources like quinoa, oatmeal, buckwheat etc. If you’re going to get bread/pasta get 100% whole wheat or multigrain. Make sure to check the ingredients because if they don’t say 100% whole wheat, it could still contain white flour in addition to some whole wheat (gracias sneaky bread manufacturers)
Added Sugar/High Fructose Corn Syrup– Your body tries to keep your blood glucose level constant, but added sugar/high fructose corn syrup causes blood glucose levels to spike, which causes a lot of insulin to be released so it can control the blood glucose level. All that sugar isn’t needed or used and so insulin drives it into fat. After insulin does its job, your blood glucose level drops a lot and causes you to be hungrier more often so you eat more than needed.
Trans Fat – Body can’t digest trans fat and it has no nutrients. I’ve learned to think of eating trans fat as eating plastic ziploc bags and it helps me to deter away from things with trans fat.