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Foods To Remove From Your Pantry!


by Marla Murphy February 20, 2015 4 Comments

‘Diet and health’ foods have come along way since we first started caring about getting fit but from margarine to high fiber cereals, the health industry has changed but for some reason these foods tend to have a cult following. Often one or a few of these foods listed below end up on one of my client’s food journals and they are big no-no’s!! There are a couple of common issues with all of these products listed below:
  1. I wanted to start with the most unknown and scariest reason first.. Bliss point… have you ever heard of this term?! If not, the bliss point is a real thing and it is proof that the food industry does not have your health in mind when dreaming up new products for the marketplace! The ‘bliss point’ is what food engineers (yes there are people out there who does this for a living) use to find the perfect flavor so consumers (you & me) will consume the maximum amount when eating, so we eat more and buy more of their product. This is the most legal way to make food addictive, take a certain nacho cheesy chip of example.. How many times have you mindlessly eaten the whole bag (or at least way more than you wanted to) and looked up to think, ‘what just happened’?! This is food engineering at its best! They find the perfect balance of sweetness, saltiness, flavor and crunch and there you have it! A recipe for over eating and over consuming, which equals big pay days for the food industry! Just for fun lets compare the store bought chocolate chip cookies that you can purchase in a package to a homemade chocolate chip cookie… you can probably eat a whole sleeve of the store bought kind but how many times have you been at a party that has real homemade chocolate chip cookies and you find yourself eating one or two, being full (if not too full) and even saying to yourself or others, ‘man these cookies are rich’!!! This is the difference between real food and engineered food! The goal of real food to fill you up, your body will recognize real ingredients and for the most part tell you when you are full and need to stop eating! Engineered foods goal is the exact opposite, consume more, get less full, and buy more food… I could write a whole book on this one topic and how upset this ‘bliss point’ makes me but for today you just get a little summary J
  2. They are OVERLY processed… If it comes in a box, bag and has ridiculously long shelf life that is a good indicator to stay away!!
  3. Full of hidden sugars!! Sweetened yogurts, granola, cereal, and fiber bars are all guilty of this!! The type of sugars that these foods contain is not the kind we should be consuming either!! Some sweetened yogurts can have up to 16 grams of sugar for a 6oz serving!! You might as well just eat a snickers (don’t really do that it is just an example)!
  4. Health Claims… if you see a health claim such as ‘High Fiber’ and ‘Low Fat’ steer clear! An apple can make the same health claims but we know apples are healthy; there is no need to use marketing.
  5. Empty calories! Who has ever gotten full & satisfied from a rice cake? NO ONE! Even if someone would claim that they do I guarantee you 1-2 hours later they are more hungry than they were before the rice cake… this food has no nutritional value to it what so ever so save your money and skip it!! Same thing with 100 calorie packs, 1 pack never fills anyone up so I see people usually grab two or three, even if you only grabbed two that is still 200 empty calories and you aren’t even full! You could have an apple with a tbsp. of almond butter for 200 calories and be satisfied!!
  6. Ingredient list! Have you ever looked at the back of store bought salad dressing?!! Unless you are purchasing an in house brand from whole foods or an organic brand (always read your labels even organic brands can be full of crap) most of the time the salad dressing is full of unpronounceable ingredients/chemicals/artificial sweeteners and hidden sugars.. Sometimes paying for the convenience of the bottle means you will pay for it in other ways, like increased hunger, headaches, fatigue and never feeling full! Save yourself the trouble and make your own at home!
  7. Eat the real thing!! I get people who tell me that they drink apple juice, orange juice, etc and eat applesauce… I get it these products taste good but other than that why would you not just eat and apple or an orange?! Juice forms; try, as they might, will never contain the same fiber content as eating the real thing! Ask yourself this question, How much orange juice can you drink in one sitting, probably a lot right?! Like maybe even half the bottle. Then ask yourself how many oranges you could possibly eat in one sitting, most people would say two because you will become full from eating the orange rather than drinking it!! Get these high sugar, low fiber, calorie bombs out of your house and start eating real foods!! P.S. I will occasionally use unsweetened applesauce in a recipe but do not eat this plain! Pick up an apple instead)!
  Now on to the list of foods that you need to get out of your kitchen, pantry and lives!! There is a lot more I could say on this topic or foods that I could add to the list but I think this is a good start in the right direction!

Pretzel’s

Goldfish

Popcorn

Rice cakes

100 Calorie packs

Sweetened yogurt

Frozen dinners

Low fat/fat free cheese

Granola

Cereal

Whole wheat crackers

Applesauce

Store bought salad dressing

Fiber granola bars

 

What do you think about the list above? Have you heard about the 'bliss point' before? Are there any foods above that you are currently eating but after reading this going to drop from your grocery list? I would love to hear your thoughts!! 

Love, 

Marla




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4 Responses

Anna
Anna

June 23, 2016

Very good post!
What especially is upsetting how food manufacturers/engineers make a product (like Veggie Sticks) that are marketed as healthy because they’re made with veggies and are a little lower in fat than regular potato chips. The label makes them look sooo healthy when in reality you can down the entire family bag of those and not feel full. What a misleader!

Marla
Marla

June 23, 2016

Hey Jason!

you can still make it on the stove! I have a recipe coming this week that will show you a healthier way to make popcorn :)

Jason
Jason

June 23, 2016

i completely agree, I can’t get rid of my popcorn. Any suggestions?

Marla
Marla

June 23, 2016

I completely agree!!!

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