No Fat? Low Fat? How about full fat?
Yes, this is what I’m promoting. Think I’m a bit crazy? That’s OK, I understand. It is counterintuitive to everything we’ve been programmed to believe about food. We’re told, “Want to lose weight? Choose low fat milk/muffin/cookie/(you fill in the blank) to help you choose your calories well.” So, what happens next? Your body is smart….don’t forget this. As a former grazer, I know first hand how unsatisfying this type of food can be. When the fat was removed from the aforementioned food, so was the flavor. So now you and your body will want to continue to search for something to fulfill the need to squash the buzz in your ear saying, “Feed me something good!”
Thus begins the non stop grazing. As we go from the low fat muffin to the low fat milk in our coffee to the ‘lite’ crackers with our healthy hummus, (we are trying, right?), our day is set on a constant course of unwhole foods. Do you still think my thinking is off base? Consider this question, if all these low fat foods really worked, then why do have a weight issue in this country, and really, more of an obesity epidemic?
Please re read the last paragraph.
Is this line of thinking beginning to make a little sense? Afraid to try it out? Well, I must say, eating my full-fat Greek yogurt every day contributes to helping me feel full and satisfied. I don’t want to graze throughout the day now. I only eat when I am truly hungry. Please keep in mind, when we eat foods that are less than whole our bodies are being given too much of something, usually salt or sugar, to replace the fat and the flavor. Cravings are most likely the result of this food tampering, and unfortunately, this usually leads to too much of something, and our food addictions are formed. As Carol Galanty, a Food and Lifestyle Educator states in her blog,Get Some Zen,”We wouldn’t have so many obese individuals in this country if the public were not so misinformed about this important point.”
Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D.,author of several books on food and healing and the founder of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City says, “Whole foods provide not only certain amounts of basic nutrients in the natural proportion to each other; the nutrients in them are also bound together by that subtle energy that animates all living systems. Whole foods, then, give us not only nutrition, but energy –wholesomeness, that is.”
Also,please don’t get drawn in by terms like, “refined” and “enriched”, these usually apply to foods, like flour and bread that have been tampered with, i.e, nutrients have been removed and only a small percentage are put back in. Again, the case is made for “whole foods,” i.e. foods that are real and in their most natural state.
If you need further convincing, Michael Pollan, the author of five books whose main topic is “What should we really be eating?,” states in his book Food Rules, “Avoid food products with the word “lite” or the terms,”low-fat” or “nonfat” in their names.” He goes on to tell us that since the low-fat campaign started in the late 1970s, Americans have been consuming about 500 more calories per day, usually in the form of refined carbohydrates. The result being that the average male and female are now nineteen and seventeen pounds heavier, respectively. His message is clear, “Eat real foods! Low-fat does not work.”
I hope I’ve helped shed some light on this often ignored area of choosing foods. Whole foods are what your body needs to thrive and stay well. If you are looking to add some easy, tasty wholesomeness to your diet please try my recipe which you’ll find in the Mindful Eating section of this website under “Recipes.”
Gail Louise is a certified Health Coach trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is passionate about food and healing and would love to teach you how you can find health in your kitchen.If you would like more simple recipes using whole foods, please go to her website: http://coachgaillouise.blogspot.com