So Confused About Nutrition!
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Well, I'm super confused about nutrition, so i've done mroe researching, and that made me even more confused. How much should I eat? Should I focus on Calories, or the type of food, or both? Do I omit certain things or eat a lower carb diet? if I do track my calories, do I listen to the spark people range, or the range the gym lady or my doctor said was "good" to stay in? I'm so lost! I know that some things are good for some people maybe not good for others. But I'm so lost. Is it best to use Olive or Coconut to cook in, and why do some places say never use Canola, while others even say use lard because eating fat doesn't make you fat? Maybe I've reasearched too much? I just want to eat healthy and feel energy and enjoy exercising - whether at the gym, tennis court, or learning to run. I didn't know it would be so complicated. And then there is Spark telling me that I need to adjust my goals again because I'm exercing more than I originally thought. I haven't seen that message yet when I don't exercise enough though. .
So what i've taken away so far is:
Throw out all the prepackaged processed foods - things like whole grain hamberger helpeer, mac & cheese, etc. That was easy. Also gave away all my canned soups and anything in a can that wasn't salt free. Kept salt free diced tomatoes. Kept tuna in water. Kept 100% whole grain pasta
So then I go out and buy all sorts of healthy veggies & apples & bananas. Then one place says to avoid fruits because of the sugar, or eat small amounts not regularly. Ok, I love my apples & bananas, so skip that site... lol.. I look at my salad dressing and it's not too bad on calories, but there are ingredients in it I don't understand, so I am going to make my own salad dressing, which I love olive oil & vinegar with greek spicing. Ok, so far that seems safe. . .
Then I found beyonddiet - where they say five foods to never eat are:
Orange juice – contains very high sugar content which will disrupt your body’s blood sugar and insulin levels.
Artificial sweeteners – cause weight gain as they are perceived as a toxin to the body.
Whole wheat bread – wheat products have been shown to quickly turn into sugar in the body.
Fake butters – are made from unhealthy, unnatural ingredients perceived as toxins in the body.
Soy products – have been shown to disrupt hormone levels and negatively affect the thyroid.
Ok, I'm so confused now. . I just want to lose weight and feel great! I don't want to do weight watchers again, I don't want something like Jenny Craig. I want to know what I'm feeding myself and my family is good for all of us, and I want all of us to no longer be Obese!