The time has arrived when I have to become more serious about what I am eating. Well sort of anyway. I still like my deserts at times, and lets face it, a life without something sweet now and then is a little boring. Maybe a lot boring.
I thought I was eating fairly well, but from paying close attention to what I eat and when I was eat certain foods, I found I have a lot of room to make better choices.
I have found through observing others and observing my own eating habits, that eating well is all about the color of the food on your plate.
When you look at your plate, are the colors mostly white to beige? Or are there shades of green, reds, purple, yellows, and other fruit and vegetable colors on your plate.
In my own observations which are far from a scientific study, I have made these observations:
The more boring the color of someone’s choices of food, the more likely they are to be overweight.
The more colorful someone’s food is, the more likely they are to be thinner and appear to be more active.
Men who wear sports clothing, namely football jerseys, and have a boring choice of colors on their plate, look and act as if a 100 yard dash would bring them to their knees.
Some of these men are living their sports hero dreams in their head. Their bodies are swollen and tired. They limp, groan, and huff and puff. They make horrible menu choices.
Women who wear sportswear are harder to figure out. Women dressed in sportswear come in a variety of sizes and shapes. When looking their plates for color variety, they separate out the same as the men do. Some of the women are dressed like they just came from the gym, but more than likely, like the men dressed the same, they arrived from the couch.
Parents who eat food comprised of boring white and beige colors, at times insist their children eat the same types of foods they do. How many times parents been observed in a disagreement with their kids over their child’s eating habits?
How many parents have been heard telling their children, “no desert unless you finish all the food on your plate? Really? Kids, I think when they have not been indoctrinated by poor food choices, make better choices concerning healthy eating than their parents. What normal kid will not eat more food than they want so they can get ice cream for desert?
If you have children and you want to lose weight, eat what your children eat. Eat the same foods, in the same proportions. There never has been a case of a healthy child dying of hunger when food is available.
The last observation I have about how we eat is this: We are addicted to sugar, and do not realize it! In fact I have read we are part of a new human experiment, albeit unintentionally. We are the first people on earth to live on a high sugar diet. Not just some sugar, but a lot of sugar.
Most sauces on our vegetables, and our meat choices are sugar based. Many salad dressings are sugar based. Even a food as harmless as coleslaw too often has sugar as the main ingredient.
If you want to eat better, and feel better, it is not hard to do. Pick you foods by colors. Pack as many colors as you can on your plate that are not white, beige, or brown. Stay away from more than a small amount of white, beige, and brown, whether that be bread, potato, rice or other grain based food.
Eat more nuts, not the nuts with the good oils taken out and Canola or other cheap oil sprayed on. Eat more healthy fats and oils. You need fat and oil for your body to use the food you eat.
The first few weeks of changing to this way of eating will feel strange, both in your head, and in your body. You will start to notice some of the foods you eat are sweet tasting. You may feel hungry at times. Eggs are you friends. If you do feel hungry, eat something responsible, not just filling, like fruit.
Limit your grain eating to breakfast and lunch time, and then in moderation. All vegetables and fruits have carbohydrates in them same as grain foods do.
Read the food labels. More than 20 grams of sugar from processed food a day is too much processed sugar. Try to eat as much of your food as you can from foods that do not need food labels. Even if they are sweet, like a ripe pear or an orange, they are better for you.
Eating better is not as hard or expensive as it is made out to be by the commercial marketplace. For a few days, measure some of the foods you eat, so you understand portion sizes as they can be deceiving.
Oh, and those deserts? Of course most of us “need” to eat deserts occasionally. Maybe once or twice a week is reasonable. Instead of eating your desert after dinner, eat your desert after breakfast. This way you body has all day to burn off those empty calories.