Really? Never? I think most of you know how much I love Gabby Reece. I do her workouts, I try her recipes since they look healthful and delicious but, Really? You should never eat these?
They are as follows:
- Cold breakfast cereals
- French fries
- Bagels and breads
I read on her website today an article entitled “3 Foods you should never eat!”. They are basing this on the Glycemic index which I know is generally used for diabetics not the general public. Are we just drawn to read things like this? Any number in a title will do. You know what I mean, “8 steps to a healthier you!” or “10 easy steps to shrink your middle” or something like that. I know I like to read them myself. Lately I have been furious with articles that tell you what you should and should not eat.
As a part of the process in intuitive eating you are supposed to reject the diet mentality and say “no” to the food police. I could just do this in my head, but I feel that articles like this that are meant to help people, only fuel eating disorders. People avoid these so-called “evil” foods at all costs only to crave them and binge out on them leaving them in a worse place than they were before. I would have been happier with “Three foods you should avoid”. I probably should have just taken the article to be avoiding quick-to-grab foods.
Let’s talk breakfast cereals. The article says basically you probably know not to eat Frosted Flakes but the so-called “healthy” ones like grapenuts are bad for you too. A high glycemic index I will give you that but it’s looking at one aspect of a cereal. If you compare it to the same quantity of quaker old-fashioned oats (lower GI and I usually eat them every day) there are some benefits: three extra grams of fiber, 2 grams less of total fat, 15% more iron, 2% more calcium, 80% more iron, 10% more vitamin D, I can keep going on. Is oatmeal a better choice? Probably, but I don’t think it is the half cup serving of grapenuts that is making you severely obese.
French fries. They do have a high glycemic index and the fat they use for frying is probably pretty bad for you. I’ll give you that one, but never? Never eat them? Don’t make it a staple in your diet, don’t eat the extreme super sized one, moderation people. Eating some fries will not make you obese. I do like to make oven fries at home with some olive oil. Potatoes are natural. They are not bleaching a white potato to make it that way. Eat some, just not a ton.
Bagels and breads. They say don’t even go for whole grains! I personally need this in my diet. I feel satisfied when I eat them. If I withhold from eating them watch out later. I would make up for it eventually. Lunch for me is usually a sandwich. I am not obese. I have a healthy weight and BMI. It’s portion control. I choose wheat and whole wheat as opposed to white. If I feel like eating white, I do. Bagels I am just not all that into.
I don’t mean to pick on Gabby. She does wonderful things for her community with fitness and health, even the environment is a concern for her. I have the utmost respect for her. This just happened to be the most recent article I read and was the last straw for me so to speak. In her defense it was written by a doctor and I think re-posted so to speak.
My heart just goes out to people with eating disorders that read this stuff and think it to be the gospel. I am at a point right now where I can say what works for me and what does not. I’ll continue to eat my grapenuts on occasion with honey and almond milk as a snack at night (yes I took personal offense to that one). Then next time I reach for it you better believe I will have to challenge the food police in my head when I grab the box.