Hi Green Team!
Healthy fast food: Does it really exist?
Fast food is a type of mass produced food that is prepared and served very quickly. It typically has less nutritional value compared to other foods, and is served in large portions. Also known as junk food, it is usually made up of refined carbohydrates, an excess of salt, sugar, and deep fried foods which are more likely to be stored as fat.
Overeating junk foods often leads to poor circulation and inflammation which are root causes of many of today’s chronic diseases: obesity, diabetes, liver and heart conditions. When we are not as active as we should be, these problems become worse.
So why can’t you stop?!
People tell me all the time: “I just can’t help myself.”, “It just tastes soooo good.”
Don’t be fooled people – there are reasons why you keep going back.
Fast food companies spend heavily on marketing and the stores are usually easily accessible. Plus the meals are lower priced than healthier options and are loaded with sugar and salt to keep us wanting more (sugar and fat addiction are real my friends!).
Therefore, it brings us to question, if we are moving more and more towards a fast food nation, then what mistakes are we currently making and how can we make better food decisions?
FAST FOOD RULES to reduce and keep weight in check:
- Watch your condiments! Salad dressings, mayonnaise, garlic sauce, and ketchup contain lots of hidden sugars and fats
- Hold that side – Food combinations play a key role in weight management. Go for veggies whenever possible. Vegetables contain vitamins and minerals while also crowding out room to over consume the calorie dense stuff.
- Water please – Reduce your intake of liquid calorie beverages to reduce your overall calorie intake.
- Practicing Portions may be difficult after going long periods of time without eating. However by time we find a fast food joint and are starving, there is a higher likelihood to result in over-consumption at meal time which stretches the stomach.
- Moderation is a key here since these foods can be quite toxic. Fast foods should not be your primary source of nourishment! However a very few times a year when consciously decided would be more suitable for your health and weight goals.
- Don’t call it a cheat to keep the guilt low. Make conscious decisions that make you feel good and healthy and aligned with your goals for your best and healthiest self and if constant cake eating, binging and over consumption of fast foods makes you feel bad then we owe it to ourselves to choose habits that make us feel better. For example using strategies such as eating smaller amounts more frequently in the day, being more active and moving more, home cooking or cooking as a group.
- Fav idea! Make your own home version using substitutions and better real ingredients when having those cravings
Just an illusion
The above pic is an illusion and so are these healthy foods. They tend to be fast and delicious but are not healthy:
- Fried chicken breast
- White bread
- Deep fried foods
- Diet soft drinks & sugar free soft drinks
- Fried fish
- Ice blast beverages
- Iced coffee beverages
- Juices with added sugars and artificial sweeteners
- Sushi (more so the deep fried tempura rolls)
Places I like and what I order:
- Chaud Café – Gluten free pasta mushroom with lentils to share
- Chop chops- Rosemary chicken salad
- JMS grill Grill Chicken – boneless chicken salad, ¼ chicken breast cooked without bbq sauce with Patchoi salad & either roasted provisions/green fig salad
- Noodle Bowl – rice noodles, tofu, broccoli, sesame seeds, mushrooms, peppers
- Sweet Beet – chocolate life with protein powder and 0/½ agave serving
- Trotters Guiltless grill menu – Guiltless Mahi Mahi dish & fresh mint tea
- Breakfasts cafes/restaurants – 1 serving fruit & egg white veggie omelet
As always Green Team, I aim to give you real and practical tips so you live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
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Until the next issue Green Team!
Annick G. Lewis Nutritionist (BSc) & Qualified Personal Trainer
CEO & Founder Green Balance TT
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