Avoid these, and be good to your body!
With Christmas and New Years fast approaching, we're loading up on guilty pleasures and definitely splurging in certain ways. However, instead of telling you what you grab- I'm going to give you a heads up as to what to avoid... ALL THE TIME. Here a couple things that you should always steer clear of, regardless of the season.
Everyone gets so paranoid about sugar that they've opted toward sugar free, think about it though- how can sugar free still be sweet, if not artificially? If you want something sweet opt for natural fruits, or even a bit of honey. Fake sugars actually reset your taste buds and make you crave sugary foods, but since your body doesn't actually get any sugar from the intake, you may end up bingeing in the end. Not to mention, fake sugars (anything sweet that still manages to be low calorie) has been linked to migraine triggers, insomnia, chronic stomach issues and cancer! Feeling like something bubbly and sweet? Mix tonic water with fresh oranges- yum!
Butter definitely isn't good for you in large quantities, and depending on where you stand with dairy, you may be against it entirely. The trans fats in good old marge have been shown to increase your cholesterol too! You also aren't really saving many calories in the long run, so make sure you stick to your healthy fats- olive oil and coconut oil are great alternatives! If you still want that buttery flavor, I absolutely love earth balance spread- yum!
Soy Protein Isolate
All soy isn't bad, but the isolate (a refined, often genetically-modified form of soy that pops up in a lot of soy-based products) resembles estrogen, which is iffy—some research has shown that it can increase the risk of cancers and infertility in women. So just to clarify, SOY=GOOD... GENETICALLY MODIFIED=BAD. I think this goes with saying, any type of food that's genetically modified is bad. Make sure that you stick to the natural stuff like nuts, chick peas, lentils, tofu or soy beans if you want to go vego/vegan and are trying to find adequate sources of protein. Keep in mind, with the way we eat in a first world country, it's almost nearly impossible to be macro-nutrient deficient even if you are avoiding meat, just eat smart!
How are you eating smart this holiday?