10 Foods to Stop Eating Today
With the New Year in full swing, now is the time to set goals to lose weight and change bad eating habits. Some of the foods below are foods that many people believe to be good for them, and others are examples of common food temptations we all face. Stay strong, be healthy, and stop eating these 10 foods today:
1. Nonorganic Strawberries
You can’t go wrong with organic! Nonorganic strawberries are coated with up to 13 different types of pesticides. If a farmer has to wear protective gear while growing strawberries, that should be a red flag to consumers about where their food comes from.
2. Cinnabon’s Carmel Pecanbon
The smell of Cinnabon always makes us melt when passing by at the mall or the airport, but don’t make it part of your daily routine! One bun is over 1,000 calories. While Cinnabon doesn’t offer extremely healthy alternatives, you can still savor a Minibon for only 300 calories.
Cut out white, wheat and whole grain bread as they can trigger digestive problems, skin disorders and obesity. Choose grains, wild rice, or get creative: use leaf lettuce for wraps as a healthy alternative.
It’s cheap and easily accessible, but do you really know what you’re eating? The genetically-modified, artificially-sweetened options at this fast food establishment are sure to ruin any diet. If you’re looking to go out and eat some hearty, healthy foods, try some Hilton Harrisburg dining options. Enjoy savory small plate dinners at Raspberries to satisfy your cravings and your weight loss goals. Swap the Super Sized greasy fries for some power meals that won’t hurt your wallet.
Often recalled for causing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, sprouts are not worth the risk. You can still enjoy the crunchiness from cabbage or carrots without the risk of salmonella.
6. Chili’s Onion String and Crispy Jalapeno Stack
This unhealthy appetizer weighs in at 2,130 calories for 1 appetizer. It replaced the Awesome Blossom, but there is nothing awesome about this greasy substitute if you’re looking to drop some pounds. Fill up on water, and choose a healthy alternative appetizer or hold out for the main course.
7. Starbucks Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème with Whipped Cream
That’s a mouthful. With enough calories to throw you off course, this 16 ounce, 500 calorie beverage is not worth the splurge. Find a sweeter alternative by getting an iced coffee with less than 1/3 of the calories.
This genetically-modified produce has made its way into thousands of products like ketchup, salad dressing, dog food and yogurt. High-fructose corn syrup products should be avoided, so choose organic or Non-GMO Verified products.
9. Food Dyes
Check the fruit juice before it hits the shopping cart. Those artificial dyes are giving the appearance of real fruit juice, but the Red 3 dye has caused cancer in lab rats. Avoid the dyes, and make sure you read the labels even in cheese and yogurt.
10. Reese’s Puff Cereal
I remember savoring this sugary puff cereal in my younger years. It’s important to note that one Reese’s cup has 7 grams of fat, while one serving of this cereal is almost double the sugar. For a healthy alternative, try Panda Puffs with a few more calories but less sugar.
If you want to watch your figure this year and commit to a healthy lifestyle, make sure to avoid these foods to keep you on track. Check nutrition facts before you go to restaurants, so you know the menu items in your calorie range. Avoid fast food and keep healthy snacks on hand. Read labels in the grocery store and avoid foods high in sodium and sugar. Take a list with you when grocery shopping, and go on a full stomach so you’re not tempted to sneak some snacks into the cart.
Know what foods to avoid is the just the first step to long-term health, but it is an important one nonetheless.