Monday, January 25, 2016

Don't be an Ostrich When Indulging!

Are you the kind of person who willingly avoids the Nutrition Facts panel when buying snacks or dining out? The results of two Harris Interactive surveys taken in the United Kingdom showed that only 11% of people read labels for candy, chocolate and sweets, 54% for baked items (like cookies and cakes), and 52% for pizza. However, when it comes to foods perceived as healthier, like cereal, 70% of women and 63% of men will look at the label. 

With all the labeling laws and propaganda out there pushing people to pay attention to the little black and white boxes, it's still a miracle that many people still ignore the numbers beyond calories and fat. Added sugars and sodium in many "healthy" product lines (I'm looking at you, low-fat and diet meals) are still a lot higher than they need to be, and little to no education on serving sizes and proper portion control is stressed in schools or medical communities.
There's nothing wrong with the occasional treat - in fact, I often encourage people to give themselves one indulgence a day (in moderation), whether it's a square of high-quality chocolate, a tablespoon of peanut butter licked off the spoon (guilty!) or a glass of wine with dinner. Eating properly - balanced meals and proper portions - 80-90% of the time means that those forays into decadence are just another part of your dietary lifestyle... and who wants to live on celery and brown rice alone? Responsible and healthy eating, though, means reading the Nutrition Facts panel and the ingredient lists. If something seems off or you can't understand more than 50% of the label, skip it - that includes trans and saturated fats and gargantuan serving sizes. 

Whatever you eat, moderate, savour, taste, and enjoy!

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!