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Which foods are healthy?

There is so much conflicting information out there. I don't even know what to believe. It's getting to the point where I don't want to eat ANYTHING and I feel guilty whenever I do. How can everything be unhealthy? Is this how eating disorders start?

Whole wheat bread and pasta - healthy or unhealthy?
Dairy (cheese, milk, butter) - healthy or unhealthy?


Fri. Feb 8, 8:26pm

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I know just how you feel! I totally miss the days of my ignorant bliss where I didn't know how 'food' was made, where it came from, and what was done to it to make it taste like it does. Now that I do it's almost like I get angry that I can no longer mindlessly eat the crap I once thought was 'good' for me - it's my knowing self battling it out with the part of me that just wishes I didn't know what I do!

Sigh...how you define food as healthy or unhealthy can depend upon what your goals are. If you know what your goals are - what is and what isn't best for you is pretty clear. You may not like the answer and you may want someone to tell you otherwise - and the food industry will ALWAYS tell you otherwise! - but you will know how the food fits into how you want to feed yourself.

And one person's unhealthy is another person's HUGE IMPROVEMENT!



Friday, February 08, 2013, 10:02 PM

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Unless you're allergic to it, all food is healthy. Even processed cr4p, as long as it doesn't have sulphites (preservatives, bad! If one won't shampoo with it why eat it?). MODERATION is key. And a balanced diet.

Thing is, since we're trying to lose weight, some things might be... somewhat less conducive towards our goal than others. It also depends how you eat.

Like, for instance, hte Chinese eat lots of rice, a carb, but they're pretty thin a a people because they don't stuff themselves with processed stuff and fried foods and fatty meat. In some places in Central Africa they fry the food a lot because it's sorta hygienic but they don't eat much meat. Argentinians eat tons of meat but they also eat lots of veggies. In some places in Korea they eat tons of processed food ("pre-prepared meals") but they eat small portions of it. I wouldn't call any of these countries, as a general rule, fat; would I?

As long as you don't eat many calories (C/kcal) a day and have a balanced diet, it'll be just peachy.

Saturday, February 09, 2013, 7:32 PM

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Lol - all food is healthy. That's a good one!

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 8:14 AM

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@8.14 7.32 is right.

Heathy =/= slimming

It HUGELY depends on your diet what's healthy or not. Out of convenience because work work work, I started eating processed food more (Brit here, oh land of frozen meals!!), I just started looking more at the content (I buy cheap Tesco stuff) and STOPPÉD buying things that made me go overboard.

For example, Tesco's lasagna is full of sugar and fat so I just simply stopped eating cakes. I still don't. This, and other small changes plus a training regime made me slim so much!

Thanks peer-trainer!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 5:31 PM

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To avoid giving a cliche canned response about moderation, all food can be healthy, depends on goals, etc...

Whole foods are the best foods for your body and health.

Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients. Examples of whole foods include whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and non-homogenized dairy products.

Try this link - http://www.whfoods.com/ I love this site, I know it looks like theres too much going on but there are great articles and detailed information about most foods.

Another thing to try if you have a smartphone is the Fooducate app. You can use it to scan barcodes on food products and get some good detailed information about possible harmful ingredients, additives, preservatives, fillers, etc.

I would also recommend the following documentaries (most or all you can find streaming online for free):
-Food Inc.
-Forks over Knives
-10 Things to Know about Losing Weight (BBC doc)
-Why Thin People are Not Fat



Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:53 PM

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OP here- thank you so much for the responses. You have helped me to put things into perspective. I'm going to continue to eat in moderation and eat mostly whole foods and not worry too much about the conflicting info.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 5:46 PM

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I think Dairy (cheese, milk, butter) are healthy foods of all and Fresh juice, fruits also having in this categories.
Always try to avoid junk food and do exercise on regular basis that is very helpful to keep us body and mind fresh as well.
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Friday, February 22, 2013, 2:29 AM

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Healthy Food

I like the studies/recommendations of the Weston A Price Foundation

http://www.westonaprice.org/

Link

Friday, February 22, 2013, 8:44 AM

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No any food is bad for the health but it should be taken within a limit.
Take healthy and balanced diet for the good health and fitness.
Take all the foods in your diet and ignore nothing.
Eat all fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, dairy foods, meat, eggs, fish, and beans.

Fitness Maitland

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:31 PM

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