Are you a health freak?
Are you trying to lose weight by eating healthy?
Do you religiously track your calorie intake?
Do you consciously keep junk and fattening food out of your diet?
I sincerely bow to you for your utmost determination, conviction and consistency to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Most others, as we do know, would give up before the end of the very first day of their healthy living adventure.
Oh, but stop, are you sure you’re really doing everything right. What if that sandwich you ordered from that ‘so-called healthy joint’ is nothing but a 500 calorie trap you’re about to fall into? Or you’re unable to dodge those extra kilos no matter how matter you cut back?
Often, as a modern homemaker, don’t we have just too much on our plates—jobs so demanding, lives so busy and our endless desire for a perfect bod? We want everything, and we stop at nothing. So much so, that in our ignorance we often fall for popular healthy eating myths that we hear so often that they almost sound true to our ears.
I’m no fitness coach or nutrition expert here, but I have, over the years learnt so many things from personal experience—the hard way of course. And I’m going to try and make it a tad bit easy for you my folks. I’ll be busting some such myths and help you start eating healthy in a true sense.
Myth: Cooking healthy meals at home is a tiresome time taking task.
Truth: You can cook healthy meals faster than you take to order from outside.
Myth: Ordering from health food joints is as good as cooking at home.
Truth: Nothing is or can be as good as home cooked food. Health food joints are most likely not using the best quality ingredients. They are in the business of making money irrespective of what they say.
Myth: You can eat anything as long as you track your calorie intake.
Truth: The quality of calories makes up the quality or nutrition. Watch what you're eating. Junk food has very high calorie count with little or no nutritional value and poor satiating power. On the other hand, healthy food is low on calorie count, high on nutrition, and keeps you full longer.
Myth: You can't lose weight and stay lean unless you give up on dessert.
Truth: Eating desserts are one of and not the only factors for weight gain. And similarly it is only one of and not the only way to lose and keep that weight away. Having said that, the key is moderation. It's best to workout and eat everything in moderation. Going overboard with anything has it's downside, just like desserts.
Myth: Fruit juices are a tasty and healthier substitute to aerated drinks.
Truth: It's better to consume whole fruits than the juice. Tastes just as good, makes you and keeps you full longer and has oodles of fibre you wouldn't want to skip.
Myth: Carbs and fats are so unhealthy that you’re better off without them.
Truth: Both carbs and fats are as essential a part of your nutrition as proteins. Only together, so they all form a balanced diet. In fact, unsaturated or infamously known as healthy fats sources like nuts, dark chocolate, avocados, peanut butter when consumed in moderation can actually help control cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Okay, yes, they also help reduce that stubborn weight you’ve been wanting to shed off for so long.
Myth: Bananas are unhealthy and fattening.
Truth: So untrue. Bananas are healthy and nutritious, and one of the most versatile fruits ever. They are also high in fiber, but low in calories. If you are trying to lose weight, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating bananas as a part of a balanced, real food-based diet.
Myth: You should stick to egg whites as egg yolks can elevate cholesterol levels.
Truth: Egg yolks contain dietary cholesterol but the real threat to high cholesterol are trans fats and added sugars, not dietary cholesterol. In fact, egg yolks are a powerhouse of nutrition and a whole egg is a nearly perfect food, with almost every essential vitamin and mineral our bodies need to function; including Vitamin D, high-quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and many of the B vitamins and nutrients (B6, B12, riboflavin, folate, and choline), essential amino acids (L-arginine, leucine). The yolk itself contains most of these vitamins and minerals, plus half of its protein.
Comment and let me know how many of these myths did you actually believe were true?
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