Fab Food Focus

June 7th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

I spent a good part of a day reviewing the literature on obesity. I had to take a break and have a quick dinner with all of that food for thought – a handful of walnuts, another of pistachios, smoked salmon and brie on whole grain baguette, mixed salad, followed by a nectarine. Now I can think more clearly…. I was encouraged when I read about our need to focus on food and diet quality rather than specific nutrients – amen, natural nutrient richness is here to stay! I’ve been a dietitian for almost 26 years and have seen various food and nutrition fads come in and out of style like bell bottoms….

I was intrigued reviewing details zeroing in on weight change associated with increased daily servings of various foods. Although some seemed obvious, it was beneficial to see them listed in black and white, as I read it all over :-)

Weight Gainer No Brainers
Here is the list of foods that resulted in weight gain with increased servings of the following:

  • potato chips
  • fried potatoes
  • sweets and desserts
  • refined grains
  • sugar-sweetened drinks

Ponder this list and consider how your diet compares. Are you toying with the weight management gods hanging on to some or all of these foods gambling against the odds? Work in small changes to shift your diet in a different direction, don’t you think?

Slim Pickings
Here is the list of foods that resulted in weight loss with increased servings of the following:

  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • whole grains
  • fruits
  • yogurt

Listen up folks, if you haven’t added these wise foods into your repertoire if you’re trying to manage your weight, I suggest you write them on your grocery list and work them in ASAP. Why wait? Years ago I avoided nuts like the plague worrying about fat content. Silly me, I eventually saw the light and started working them in as a snack, without salt added or in salads and stir fries. I know I’ve been a broken record droning on about the importance of getting your 5-10 a day of fruits and veggies, dairy products (gotta love yogurt), plus bucking the trend, being unrefined and eating your grains “whole”.

Decide once and for all to put your focus on fab food and avoid goofy crazes, the more natural the better. Your weight and overall health could surely benefit when you do.

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