Beat the whole food vs processed food battle by learning to identify what food is what.
Dear folks, I really hope you’re enjoying this week! Whole food vs processed food is a long way battle but we all know which one is the winner for health. I’ve created a new page called The Secret On Weight Loss where I explained easily the formula of Health according to the nutritionist Joel Fuhrman. I have to confess that this has been really the secret for me to lose weight in a healthy way. No diets and no guilt. I’m so recommending you to read this page even if you’re not seeking to lose weight because it’ll make you understand how health works in a very easy easy easy way.
So, this post Whole Food vs Processed Food is a continuation of The Secret On Weight Loss page and here I would like you to start identifying what foods in our daily eats are closer to its natural way and which ones are far away from being natural.
Whole food vs Processed food: Start identifying which foods are aligned to the secret on weight loss.
I’ll mention here some of the most popular foods in our everyday meals.
1. Vegetables and fruits are whole. Easy to find. Low calorie. High content of nutrients. When they are low-cooked is fine but when they are totally raw and fresh is even better. Exposing vegetables and fruits to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, tends to cancel their properties.
2. White bread, white rice, white sugar, white salt, pasta, all-purpose flour are processed because they are refined! Their closest version to natural would be whole-grain bread, brown rice, brown sugar/panela, sea salt, whole-wheat flour and whole-wheat pasta. They are called “whole-grain” because they still have the whole parts of the grain full of nutrients.
3. Kitchen oils and butters are processed. They are all refined and give you “bad fats”. It doesn’t matter if it is canola, sunflower or peanut oil if it’s refined. Find virgin oils like olive oil. It is unrefined meaning natural.
4. Beware with peanuts, cashews, almonds and all kind of nuts and seeds. They are great when they are natural. But what is easily found in the supermarket is all these bags of nuts that come already fried, roasted and salted. Go for the natural raw nuts. They have very good healthy fats when they are still natural. So you better get your daily fat intake from these little nuts instead of the processed kitchen oils.
5. Legumes and whole-grain cereals are whole. Beans, peas, corn, wheat, quinoa, oats, brown rice are foods that we find easily in their natural version. Reduce canned versions of these food and sweetened box of cereals which are normally not wholesome.
6. Tubers as potatoes, taro and yams are also whole foods if you eat them in their natural version. Meaning bags of chips in the stores are processed.
7. Lean steak, chicken and seafood is fine but in minor quantities daily if they are fresh and whole. Processed meats like hams, sausage, bologna, etc, are totally processed. They are so far away from being wholesome.
8. Dairy is a food you also want to have under control because of their high animal fat content and high calories. Prefer farm made dairy over factory made since the factory ones are so processed you’re not even having real cheese. Or better use their vegan substitutes.
So that’s the Whole Food vs Processed Food battle which is not a battle anymore now that you understand a little more how this works.
Now your challenge comes whenever you cook or select what to eat. I’m not telling you to be radical because I’m not either. Simply prefer majorly everything that is closest to its wholesome version. And for sure! 30 minutes of some exercise daily can play a main role over here too
If you eat natural most of your meals and any day you have no other choice but to eat processed food, you won’t feel guilt because you know you’re body is normally receiving what is best!
Have you found yourself in the middle of this whole food vs processed food battle? Please let me know your thoughts, questions, suggestions by writing down here. I’ll be happy to get back to you asap!