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So, clearly I have been spending too much time on Facebook. I feel like I should be participating, but what I see sometimes really bothers me. And something I saw the other day really, really bothered me. It was the picture you see posted above.
OK. That’s a popular thing. Heck, I’m doing one next month (31 days actually). Someone on the Facebook post questioned the poster why he wasn’t going to make a permanent change. Why just for 30 days? To me, that’s an excellent question. I think if you really want a “diet” to work you have to be able to do something permanent. But 30 days is a good start, whether it’s for diet or exercise. Our challenge next month is to get us back into exercising consistently, but I don’t plan to stop on November 1st.
Foods to avoid
Some of those foods on that list are obviously bad for you: fried food, soda, cakes, donuts. Probably chips, most ice cream, white breads. You don’t really need juice or chocolate to have a complete nutritional profile. All of these items are processed–some of them, very processed. They are unrecognizable from the original, natural food(s) they came from. I can see how removing these from your diet would be helpful if you are choosing these foods over other, healthier foods.
Really? I feel like I’m watching Sesame Street or something and I should be singing “Which of these things is not like the other?”
Potatoes are a whole food. They are a plant. They are not poisonous. So explain to me why they are on the list of foods to avoid all with of these fatty, processed, sugary, greasy, salty pseudo-foods?
Here’s the nutritional breakdown for a medium potato, baked:
Potatoes are virtually fat-free, they have both protein and carbohydrates as well vitamins and minerals. That medium potato is only 161 calories. I will often have a potato (or two) as my meal, with a side of homemade ketchup, salsa or some warm, cheesy, nut-based dip. And when I say often, I mean pretty much every day. Sometimes twice a day if I’m really not in the mood to cook.
Here’s how easy it is. I pre-heat my oven to broil (I’m impatient). While it’s heating up I slice up potatoes into french-fry size wedges. I throw them onto a silicone baking sheet that doesn’t require any oil. I don’t need any salt or other seasonings. I think they taste good just as they are.
30-40 minutes later my meal is done. Sometimes I even eat them without anything to dip them in. And when I’m done, I’m full (if I can finish it all). If I wanted it to be an unhealthy food, I would top it with butter, salt, cheese, sour cream and bacon bits. But in its pure form a potato is not bad.
You’re all intelligent people. I won’t tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t eat if they don’t ask for my opinion. But if someone puts misleading information out there, that gives me the right to respond.