These foods do not belong in your diet

The following foods do not belong in your diet:












Ok, got it?

If you can’t see the list, do not worry. That is because THERE ARE NO FOODS THAT CAN NOT BE PART OF A HEALTHY DIET.

This post in in response to all media health propaganda and diet plans out there that label foods as bad or good. Here is an example.

There is a lot of negative energy in such articles. And this is what Positive Eats suggests: Rather than focusing on things we should avoid, or the negative effects of consuming certain foods, we should be focusing on the nutrition and health we are gaining from our diets.

Remember, there are no bad foods.

Let’s educate each other on the nutrition in foods rather than blindly advising each other on personal actions.

Please do not tell someone a Big Mac is bad for them. Do not tell someone who is about to consume a Big Mac that they should not eat it. Rather, educate them on the nutritional makeup of a Big Mac and how those nutrients play a role in our survival, and then let them choose how Big Macs will play a role in their diet.

The decisions we make ourselves, influenced by individual circumstance, and coupled with nutrition education will be the healthiest decisions for our lives.

Happy Eating everyone! How do you feel about the role of media in our perceptions of foods?

 

 

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Positive Eats 40-Day Challenge: Give up the Guilt!

According to a 2012 poll on Twitter, the most common items which people gave up for Lent were food related. Chocolate, Alcohol, Bread, Soda, Junk Food, Sweets, Ice Cream, McDonald’s…and the list goes on.

It is clear that these foods are most often associated with feelings of guilt after consumption. But we at Positive Eats are trying to reduce negative food emotions, and this is exactly why we have come up with the Positive Eats 40-Day Challenge: Give up the Guilt! Screenshot 2014-03-02 20.07.55

Instead of giving up any foods, we encourage you to give up the guilt. In fact, we challenge you to consume DAILY something that is part of your “banned foods” or “bad foods” list. And we challenge you to savor that food. Think positively about the nutrition in that food. And then move on with your day. 

It is up to you what you wish to consume each day as part of the challenge. A piece of chocolate from the office candy bowl. Ranch dressing on your salad. A bag of chips during a picnic. Whole fat milk. Or a piece of cake at your friend’s birthday party. Mayo on your sandwich. Or a soda at the movie theatre. A beer at the ball game. White bread instead of whole wheat.

Take foods from that list you usually ban from your diet, and enjoy a small pieces of them every. day. — for 40 days.

We hope that in completing this challenge you will see that foods are just foods. And all foods can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. The most important part is to think positively about the nutrition in what you eat, and after you eat, MOVE ON WITH YOUR DAY. You have a life to live!

Are you up for the challenge? Update us daily on Facebook, thru email (positiveeats@gmail.com), or in the comments below!