Sorry, But Eating Healthy Doesn’t Make Me Weird

I’d rather eat food I made myself rather than a processed piece of shit that will mess up my stomach. I have a sensitive belly and when consumed the wrong food, the repercussions can ruin my day.

I’ve been to the gastroenterologist loads of times and the doctor suggested cutting out meat to see if it helped with my digestion. I never tried doing that because I feared I couldn’t stay away from hamburgers, especially. But, when my husband and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon and met with a nutritionist, he told me to do the same.

So, I did.

The nutritionist told me to stop eating processed foods and avoid food with animals that have four legs. He also provided us with a list of foods not to eat. This time I complied because I needed a change. My husband did the same and we waited a month to see how we felt.

To my surprise, my stomach actually did improve. I stopped feeling like utter shit after I consumed cheese or dairy products. I began to stick to a healthy diet and cut out foods with ingredients that I cannot pronounce.

And, here’s the thing: eating healthy does not make me weird. I’d much prefer a salad over a fried chicken sandwich with mounds of cheese. Not to mention, how many calories is that?

Whenever someone offers me something at work, if I don’t look at the ingredients and know it’s processed, I politely decline. However, I know what they’re thinking. They think I’m strange because who doesn’t like chocolate or muffins or heck, tater tots?

What they don’t know is I must look at every single label when I’m about to eat something or make sure it doesn’t have acid in it.

However, there is such a thing as cheat day, which is one day out of the week where I consume whatever I want. But, then, I get back to my healthy eating habits.

But, let me tell you something, most of the population is unhealthy and probably have several cheat days in a row. 

We walk around not knowing we have toxins in our bodies. This could eventually lead to cancer or other diseases, but no one knows it. We all just go about our day choosing foods that are extremely unhealthy because they look appetizing.

We’re so busy that we pick up fast food or purchase frozen foods. But, really, if we took the time to think about how bad this stuff is for us, we’d avoid it like the plague!

Let me ask a question: If a nutritionist told us to start looking at labels and watching calories, would we? Sadly, no.

As a general population, it’s hard to stop eating fries, fried food and foods that make us gain weight because it makes us feel good. But, I’m done with all that shit because it makes me feel horrible after I eat it.

I hate people looking at me like I have 4 eyes because I look at labels or opt for a healthy lunch. It doesn’t make me weird! Maybe I don’t want to get cancer or any other illnesses because I’m not concerned with watching what I’m putting in my mouth.

Just think about it.

Via Puckermob

Farmers take the market online

Farmers market hours aren’t always so convenient and can eat up half of what for some may be a rare day off. And not everyone is comfortable with the crowds and lines. An alternative exists in StonesRiverMarket.com.

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“I do think people like not having the fight the crowds on Saturday,” says John Erdmann, owner of Stones River Market. “The Saturday Market (on Murfreesboro Square beginning June 6) has become real popular and you have to get there early to get the best produce in many cases.”

Stones River Market was started in 2008 after Erdmann happened to hear software programmer Eric Wagoner give a presentation at a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) annual conference.

“I was with several other farmers from Middle Tennessee and with my computer background we decided to start Stones River Market,” Erdmann recalled. “There were four farmers to begin and a very small customer base. Murfreesboro customers heard about us from the farmers that were selling at (the former )Cannonsburgh Farmers Market.

“Our first pick up location was next to Hooper Supply. Like most farmers markets, that first winter we closed. Then in 2009 several farmers I had met were growing produce in the winter and needed an outlet to sell, so we decided to stay open that winter and have done so since then.”

In terms of how the market works, Erdmann opens his website market at 8 a.m. every Sunday and closes it 10 p.m. Monday. Customers are able to browse through categories such as artisan snacks and seasonings, vegetables, fruits, tea, coffee, meat and poultry, herbs, noodles, pasta and sauces, and order without even leaving the house.

From there, customers come by Southern Stained Glass on West Main Street on Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. to pick-up their orders. Customers who can’t make it during that hour and 30 minutes can pick up their items at Erdmann’s Christiana farm.

Emily Pegg, who has been a customer for a year heard about Stones River Market by word of mouth.

“I like it because it’s locally grown and it puts money back into the economy,” she said, saying her typical order includes meat, eggs, homemade bread, spinach and lots of other veggies.

Erdmann said some customers no longer shop at the grocery store and order all their food from the online market.

“It’s amazing how appreciative my customers are,” Erdmann says. “I would say I have some pretty local and dedicated customers.”

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UPDATE: I’m becoming a food blogger.

UPDATE TO ALL:

I’m going to start food blogging.

My first stop is Nashville, TN. I’ll be taste-testing food in different restaurants in Nashville. I’m so excited to shift my blog towards trying products and healthier foods!

Will you come along for the ride?

I “hope!”

Choosing the Best Milk Beverage for You

By Hope Kumor

Choosing The Best Milk Beverage For You

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With so many milk options, it’s no wonder we’re all confused when choosing which type to purchase. The varied selection includes soy, almond, coconut, and fat-free choices, to name a few. To decode the differences between the varieties, we chatted with Willow Jarosh and Stephanie Clarke, registered dietitians from C&J Nutrition in New York City. Here’s the Q&A:

Out of soy, almond, coconut and fat-free, which is the healthiest and why?

C&J Nutrition: There are so many alternatives available for milk these days, which is nice because it provides a lot of options for people who can’t or don’t prefer cow’s milk (fat-free), and a lot of different flavors and uses. However, each one differs in what it offers nutritionally.

For instance, soy milk and cow’s milk are the best protein sources, while almond milk is the lowest in calories per cup (40 calories per cup), but doesn’t provide much protein at all. So if you rely on milk (let’s say in a smoothie or in your cereal) to provide the protein in your meal, you’re better off choosing soy or cow’s milk. When it comes to calcium, most brands of plant-based milks (almond, soy, coconut) are fortified with calcium to at least the level of dairy milk, so they’re pretty even on that front.

In terms of fat, coconut milk is high in saturated fat (1 cup provides about 1/3 of what you should get per day). Even though the type of saturated fat in coconut milk is not likely to be as unhealthy for the heart as the type from animal sources like butter or meat, it’s still important not to get too much.

What is all of this hype about almond and coconut milk?

Almond milk and coconut milk have gotten hype both because they’re new players in comparison to soy and cow’s milk, and also because they offer things that neither of those milks do in terms of flavor and texture. They’re not any better nutritionally, but as mentioned above and below, there are pros and cons to each type of milk, so we recommend basing your choice on what type of nutrition you need from your milk, how you plan to use it, and what you like the best.

What are the pros/cons of these milk varieties?

  • Non-fat cow’s milk (skim)

Pro: You get 8 grams of protein per cup, which is more than any other type of milk, making it great for helping you feel full and more satisfied, and building lean muscle. It’s a great source of vitamin D as well, which not all milk selections contain unless they’re fortified (some are and some aren’t).

Con: It’s not an option if you have a dairy allergy, have lactose intolerance, or follow a vegan diet.

  • Soy milk

Pro: It’s the highest in protein of the plant-derived milks, serving up 7 grams of protein per cup, and 80 calories per cup.

Con: Some people don’t like the more prominent flavor of soy milk. Also, be sure to choose the unsweetened variety of soy milk to avoid added sugar. Finally, soy foods may also be something you need to avoid if you have a family history of certain types of breast cancer. If so, ask your doctor if soy foods are OK for you.

  • Almond milk

Pro: It’s high in calcium (45 percent of your daily value) and its flavor is slightly nutty, but otherwise neutral and great to use in cereal, soups, and smoothies. A single serving of almond milk provides half your daily needs for vitamin E.

Con: If you don’t get the unsweetened version, you’re getting more added sugar than you need. Also, almond milk doesn’t provide as high of a protein content as soy or cow’s milk.

  • Coconut milk

Pro: It’s super creamy and slightly naturally sweet flavor makes it delicious, especially when you’re in the mood for something decadent. It’s also moderate in calories, at 50 calories per cup.

Con: It’s high in saturated fat (5 grams per 1 cup) and doesn’t contain protein.

unsweetened almond beverage

unsweetened coconut beverage

calories 40 50
fat (g) 3.5 4.5
saturated fat (mg) 0 4
protein (g) 1 0
carbs (g) 2 2
sugar (g) 0 1
cholesterol (mg) 0 0

Nutritionally, unsweetened almond and coconut beverages are really close. Coconuts do contain more saturated fat than almonds, so the resulting beverages also reflect that. Although, recent research is showing that the type of saturated fat in coconuts likely doesn’t react in our bodies the same way as the types from animal products. If you already eat a lot of highly saturated fat foods (tropical oils, processed foods, red meat, high fat animal products, full fat dairy products), we’d say opt for the almond beverage.

unsweetened soy beverage

nonfat milk

calories 80 90
fat (g) 4 0
saturated fat (mg) 0.5 0
protein (g) 7 8
carbs (g) 3 12
sugar (g) 1 12
cholesterol (mg) 0 5

Nonfat milk has slightly more protein, but it also has more sugar and carbohydrates. They’re both good choices, nutritionally. The optimal choice is the one that fits into your overall diet most closely and the one you like the best.

Works Cited

C&J Nutrition

Photo Credit

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From Get Fit Get Life

How to Avoid Mindless Eating

By Hope Kumor

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So, you’re busy sitting at work and lunchtime rolls around. However, you don’t think too much about it since you have loads of work to do. An hour rolls by and when you’ve completed your tasks, so you grab something to eat. Then, boom, two hours later, you’re hungry again. You tell yourself you can’t eat, but once your eyes meet those free chocolate glazed donuts purchased for the office, you can’t help but grab one. Before you perform this act, you must stop!

According to Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, a registered dietitian, educator, and blogger at RealMomNutrition.com says, “Food seems like the perfect, easy, delicious solution. It’s also social–you go to the vending machine or to the coffee shop with a coworker and his or her purchase will likely influence yours for better or for worse.” She also provides us with five tips to stop that mindless eating!

  • When you have the urge to eat and you know it’s probably not hunger because you’ve just eaten lunch an hour ago, for instance, put it off for about 10-15 minutes–send a few emails, call a friend, run a quick errand and then see if the urge is still there or has passed. It might’ve been boredom or a fleeting craving. If you’re really truly hungry, eat something benign like an apple and move on.
  • Don’t keep junk food in plain sight. Get rid of candy bowls in your house and at the office. Put the chips up high where you can’t see or easily reach them. Pack up the leftover birthday cake in foil instead of a clear container so it’s not in view and calling your name. As they say, out of sight, out of mind.
  • Avoid eating right out of the package. Research at Cornell University has found that we eat more when we eat directly out of packages, especially large ones. When you eat from the package, you lose track of how much you’ve eaten. There’s no visual cue, like an empty plate/bowl that you’ve had “enough”–until you eat the whole package of course!
  • If you’re really struggling with mindless eating, track your food intake for a week either on paper or using an app like MyFitnessPal–it forces you to be mindful of what you’re eating and to think before taking a bite. Sometimes, just the thought of recording it may be enough to make you stop and realize you’re not even hungry. A food record will also help you identify when you’re most prone to mindlessly eat and that can help you come up with solutions and alternatives. If you mindlessly eat at night while watching TV, for instance, maybe you can watch on your tablet computer in your bedroom, away from the kitchen, instead or maybe you can walk on your treadmill while you watch your shows.
  • If you just have to munch on something, pick something you can mindlessly nibble on that doesn’t have much caloric consequence, like a baggie of crudite, sugar snap peas, carrots, celery, peppers, etc. As a bonus, you’ll be getting extra nutrients and meet your daily veggie servings.

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The “Real Deal” On Food

From Her Campus Temple:

The “Real Deal” On Food

While most of us grab fast food before heading to a class to avoid the ever embarrassing stomach growl in a quiet lecture setting, we don’t stop to think whether our meal is doing any good for our bodies. But how are we expected to decipher the healthy from the unhealthy options when we have so many other school related woes on our plates?

To solve all this good vs. bad food ordeal, I spoke with Julie Rhule, a Registered Dietitian on campus and asked her what her best recommendations for healthy food options are.

“Fruits and vegetables are not only a great source of vitamins and minerals, but fiber as well. Whole grains are a great source of fiber and carbohydrate, lean protein such as beans, chicken, turkey and fish maintain muscle in our body, healthy fats omega-3s and water for proper hydration,” Rhule says.

We all like to believe that we eat healthy by devouring an apple from time to time. But that whole “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” thing might just be true if we apply it to all types of healthy options – veggies included.

Unsure of what foods to avoid or, at the very least, keep in moderation? Rhule gives us some simple dietary no-nos.

“Sugar, fried foods, bad fats, soda, red meat in excess, fast foods, foods containing a lot of preservatives and highly processed [are bad for you]. Sometimes for certain individual’s, dairy can fall in this mix,” Rhule says.

Giving up that seasonal pumpkin cupcake might seem like a total buzz kill, but, perk up people, this is insightful material worth noting. We’re not saying that you can never indulge, but rather that it’s important to keep a tab of how many sweet treats you’re taking in a week.

One of my burning questions was whether the multiple diet books are really helpful. Do we follow them or bury them under our bed with those other useless text books? Specifically, I queried Rhule about Eat This, Not That, The No Diet Weight Loss Solution.

“I actually have one of the ‘Eat This, Not That’ books. I think anytime you buy a book you need to take it with a grain of salt,” Rhule explains. “See what may or may not apply to your life. There might be a great take home message.  There is no one-fix solution to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

So before you start treating diet books like the ten commandments, consider picking and choosing what changes may benefit you the most.

“We are all unique in our requirements. What works for one might not work for another.  Being realistic, I find is the biggest hurdle to overcome.  Books like ‘Eat This, Not That’ I think are great because it begins the dialogue of hidden sources of calories and being conscious of what we are eating, portion sizes, and ways to lighten our meals up,” Rhule says.

Here you have it ladies and gentlemen, advice from an expert who deals with menu planning head on. I leave you with one more piece of advice from Rhule. “If you eat more calories than your body needs, you will gain weight whether or not a food is healthy or not for your body,” Rhule says.

So maybe tomorrow instead of grabbing the greasy breakfast sandwich on the fly, you’ll consider swapping the calorie bomb for a whole wheat bagel with reduced fat cream cheese. And most likely, you’ll reap major benefits if you make it a habit. Dig in.

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William Davis’s “Wheat Belly”: You mean wheat is bad?!

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BY    Hope Kumor

Evidently I was informed that wheat is bad for you. You have no idea the pain and agony I went through when I learned this tidbit, this fact. You see, I love wheat products such as bagels, pasta and cereal. Even though I’m very conscious about my calorie intake and often exercise at least 3 times a week, I can still choose a bagel once in a while for crying out loud. Who told me this excruciating fact, you ask?  It was William Davis. So, blame him the next time you feel guilty consuming a wheat bagel.

But, seriously, as I read through the first few pages of David’s Wheat Belly, I became surprisingly aware of how much we consume wheat. It’s in almost everything from processed foods to bottled beverages! I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that wheat bread isn’t that healthy for you. So, instead of grabbing for those two slices of wheat bread in order to make a peanut butter sandwich, I guess grab rye as an alternative? I’m not sure because I haven’t gotten too far along in the book to start giving out advice. This is merely a reaction to how I thought wheat was better for you. Like, are you joking when you tell me that a cereal such as Special K, the so-called “good” cereal contains wheat? I don’t get it. I’m highly upset and disappointed.

Apparently, this wheat that everyone speaks of is actually the devil because it could be what’s making you feel bloated. It could be “the beer belly” for children and soccer moms. Who knew? I didn’t until reading David’s informative novel. I will venture on, but alas, this won’t be the last of me speaking of how horrible I feel that wheat is “bad.” How is it “bad” when so many people tell you to pick it over white bread?

Here’s a thought—you might as well take away all the bagels, breads, pastas, junk foods, processed foods and other foods to battle, but be afraid of the 600-pound body builders that will hunt you down. Just remember, wheat will never die!

❤ Hope Kumor