Three Healthy Foods You Shouldn’t Be Eating All the Time
I’ve always been a big advocate for making healthy eating a part of your lifestyle. As I’ve said many times, I don’t want you ladies to ever feel as though you need to deprive yourselves of the foods you enjoy. Instead, I think what works better is enjoying them in moderation. Now, this doesn’t just apply to less-than-healthy options — there are also some healthy foods that should be eaten in moderation.
Three health foods to eat in moderation
These are three healthy foods you shouldn’t be eating all the time:
I know this might be a bit of a shock to some of you, but yes, I’m serious. While avocado is a ‘good fat’ that can be fantastic for your heart health, it’s still a fat. You don’t need to stop eating them though! Just be mindful of eating avocado (or other healthy fats) in moderation.
The key is eating healthy fats in the right proportions. For example, a serve of the good fats that are found in avocado is 25g (around 1/8th of an avocado) and it’s recommended that we only eat two serves of good fats in a day. If you’re an avocado lover (like me!), I’m sure you understand how easy it is to eat more than this in one sitting! If one of your goals is weight loss, then try to keep an eye on your servings. Remember, if you’re wanting the same creamy texture, you can swap it for some of these avocado alternatives!
Just like avocado, nuts provide your body with essential fatty acids that it isn’t able to produce on its own. Of course, that also means that these healthy fats should be eaten in moderation. A healthy intake of nuts is around 30g per day or a small handful. It can be easy to eat way more than just a small handful in one sitting! So, just because these are known as ‘good fats’ doesn't mean you should be eating them in unlimited amounts!
Something else to keep in mind is whether the nuts you’re snacking on have added salt or preservatives. Unfortunately, many store-bought nut mixes can have added salt or artificial additives. Check for unsalted varieties if you plan to eat them regularly!
Or specifically, fat-free yoghurt. If you’ve read my blog post about the flaw with fat-free foods, then you probably already know 100% fat-free doesn’t always mean healthier. When it comes to yoghurt, for example, often sugar and preservatives are added to replace the texture and flavour that’s lost when fat is removed, especially with flavoured varieties. Just double-check the label to see if there is extra sugar or fat added. So, while yoghurt is an amazing snack, try to pick the healthier options. I love plain Greek yoghurt with some berries added in for natural sweetness.
One thing I want you to take away after reading this blog is the word ‘variety’. While these three foods above can all have a place in your diet, I believe that eating a variety of different foods each day is important! Be mindful that too much of a good thing can be bad — but that doesn’t mean you have to give these up altogether.
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.