Diets. We’ve all been there, right ladies? Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, a thought that overtakes us after seeing a gym membership commercial for $1 down and $10 a month (how do you say no to that?), or simply coming to the realization that we just don’t feel good anymore. These thoughts are usually quickly followed by a quick Google or Pinterest search for “healthy meal prep” and we’re fed information that makes us think we’re heading towards foods that are healthy for us. Well, I’m here to tell you that we may have been misled. I’m here to debunk some of the very common misconceptions when it comes to “healthy” food options. You’ll notice a theme here.
“Low Fat” Means “Lose Weight”…Right?
Wrong. When we take a step back to really understand what happens to the food we’re consuming when the fat that was naturally in that product is removed, we find that we’re left with processed food filled with unnecessary sugars to replace the yummy taste that fat would give. So sure, while we’re consuming less fat, we’re consuming a higher amount of sugar which can be more detrimental to our healthy eating journey.
Yogurt Seems Healthy. I’ll Eat That.
What is not known about yogurt, or at least isn’t common knowledge, is what’s hidden inside some of your favorite choices. Take a look at the amount of sugar the next time you are about to eat a “healthy” or “light” yogurt. A better option is to buy low fat, plain yogurt and add your own fruit in. You could be saving yourself from over 10 grams of sugar in just one snack!
Okay, Fine. I’ll just Have A Protein Bar.
Well, before you do that…think twice. I know you’re starting to get frustrated but hey, I’m just the messenger here. Here’s the thing about protein bars. Protein is great, especially if you’re not only trying to eat healthier but also working out, too. Protein in the right varieties is essential for us to build muscle. What we don’t see when we’re buying protein bars in bulk preparing for our life changes, is what’s in the fine print on the back of the box. We’re only focused on the “19 grams of protein in JUST ONE BAR!” in big letters on the front of the package versus all of the other ingredients that are added, the sugar gram count, and the calories. We recommend doing some research before you go out and buy a box of the leading brand at the grocery store. Pick protein bars that you will enjoy, that have enough protein for your diet, and that is not packed with too much sugar. If you’re really feeling adventurous, take some time on a Sunday afternoon and make your own protein-packed snack at home – enough for the entire week! This way, you can play around with flavorings and really get a chance to figure out what you like.
I’m Just Going to Eat Organic. That Will Help.
*sighs* Hold on. Just because a food says it’s organic, does not automatically mean it’s the healthiest option for you. There are still calories, fat, and added sugars. Don’t be fooled by the word “organic” as you’re cat-walking down the aisles of the grocery store. The word “organic” should tell you that the ingredients used to make the food were cultivated in an organic way. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s chocolate, butter, other fats, and sodium in those types of foods!
Meal prep? That’s What Frozen Dinners Are For
*puts head in hands* Okay, I get it – we’re all busy but before you go cracking into that frozen dinner, let’s just talk about what could be hiding in there. What you’ll find when looking into most of the items in the frozen food section is they are packed with additives and preservatives to keep them “fresh” for whenever you’re ready to dive in. You are so much better off focusing your time and effort (and money!) towards a meal prep afternoon on the weekends getting your weekly lunches all ready to go.
The bottom line is: do your research! Girls Online Magazine is all for the healthier options, just as long as they are the kind of healthy that benefits you and not the kind that tries to trick you.