I’m going to go out on a limb here and argue that I don’t think there is such a thing as a “bad” food. Even when watching your food intake, it is OK to occasionally make food choices that are less than nutritious. I also think it is OK to eat things that are not necessarily in vogue right now, so long as you do so in moderation and include those foods in what is otherwise a well-rounded and healthy diet.
On Saturday, my friend Paula and I spent the day with some new friends and our conversations ranged from online dating to dieting. One of our new friends, D., has lost 90+ pounds in 16 months! No weight-loss surgery or liquid dieting. She is doing it the old fashioned way – eating right and exercise! D. doesn’t deprive herself of the occasional adult beverage or meal out. She (like most of us) enjoys the social aspects of eating and drinking with friends. When discussing our various eating strategies, Paula mentioned how much she loves bananas and how she has been told that they are a “bad” food. Paula’s personal trainer took an approach that I just love! He didn’t tell her that she needed to give up bananas, he suggested moderation and eating it with a small amount of peanut butter to add protein and make it a more robust and filling snack. I LOVE these ideas! You can’t expect to live your life (ok – happily live your life) in a state of deprivation for the next 20, 30 or 50 years. Moderation is the key to a happy and healthy life/weight.
On to the news everyone has been waiting for!! How did we do our first week? Well, as a group we lost 25.4 lbs!!! I know you all join me in heartily congratulating Jim (top male contestant) and Jim’s Cupcake (top female contestant) for being the top winners for week 1! I am only waiting on a couple more weigh-ins to complete week 2. Once I get back in town, I’ll update the blog with our week 2 results!
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