Basically, eat whole foods and don't eat packaged food. Cutting out packaged food and making your own snacks and meals from fresh, wholesome ingredients is the key to better health.
Convenient foods sealed in a nice little (or big) package in a perfectly shaped box present a problem for many people; they're convenient! What happens when you pour a bowl of cereal, finish the puffs/flakes/crisps and still have milk leftover? Instead of simply just drinking it or finding use for it in a recipe, many people will just pour more cereal in the bowl.
If only I had thought to become a nutritionist or something health and food related, I could establish a practice and help more people. Isn't it funny (really sad) how I could try and tell an unhealthy person a few simple ways to be healthier, but they will quickly ignore my suggestions and take advice from advertising on a box of "low calorie" chips.
It should be a red flag when you see a product trying to pass itself off as being healthy by just saying it is low cal. Then you read the ingredients and see 50+ items you can pronounce. Really? Is that healthy? NO!
So, sorry for all of the jumping around, my head spins when I get caught up thinking of the vast information out there and how people listen to the wrong things. Usually it ties into what's easier.
The takeaway? Don't follow some diet, don't listen to or even purchase packaged food, do choose whole food like fresh produce, lean cuts of meat (if applicable), and plain legumes. Here are a few past posts for some great ideas to get started:
Healthy Food Swaps
15 Healthy Cooking and Eating Tips
Diet Fads and How to Avoid Them
Why Diets Don't Work
Simple and Healthy Snack Ideas
Hope these help! Are you stuck in a convenient food rut? Were you in the past? If so, how have you prevailed to overcome the "easy route" and choose fresh food instead?
Do you agree with my assessment? Whole foods = natural calorie regulation, no counting needed! The stripped down boxed stuff will leave you constantly craving more and more and may not ever keep you satisfied.
Have a great weekend!