Let me tell you a little story.
There once was a little girl who grew up eating crap food. She enjoyed fine delicacies such as, Ramen Noodles, Spaghettios, Hamburger Helper, Mac and Cheese, and all the cookies you can dream of. Then, when this little girl grew up she met a charming man and they had a plethora of children, and she fed her children all the same fine foods that she enjoyed as a little girl. However, this little girl started to think there was a better way she could eat and definitely a better way to feed her family.
She didn’t know which way to turn. What really is “healthy” food? She read so many books on food and started to incorporate a new lifestyle for her family.
And they all lived happily ever after.
Just kidding. They all got really confused on what is really “healthy”.
Have you ever wondered what is “healthy” and what isn’t? I have tried several different diets trying to figure out which one was the best. I’ve gone vegan, vegetarian, counting calories, paleo, tracked macros, and keto. They all contradict one another. Some say eat whole grains, the others say grains are of the devil. Eat cheese, don’t eat cheese. Eat whatever the heck you want as long as it fits in your macros. You can have meat, but only if it’s grass fed, organic, and has no hormones.
Most of them agree that fruits and veggies are good for you, but then they start telling you that unless they’re organic, you’re doomed. And some fruits are on the dirty list, whatever that is, and if you have the audacity to even bring the villainous food into your home everyone could die!
OK, so I’m being a bit over dramatic here, but I started to become afraid of food. I was afraid of putting all these toxins into my body so I stopped eating. Well, I would stop long enough until I felt like I was starving and then I would eat whatever I could shove down my gullet quick enough.
I had to relax. That is my husband’s favorite word, relax. He says it to me too much, but it’s true. Of all the different diet/lifestyles out there Paleo and counting macros work best for my husband and me. We feel really good and have plenty of energy. We don’t force our kids to eat that way. We do our best to have real food in the house, but we also have pretzels, fishies, and we even have sugary cereal. Gasp.
I think the word healthy gets thrown around way too much. I was at Costco and some random girl was shoving some sugar coated sample down her throat as she proudly announced that she was eating so healthy. Even my own kids are very guilty of this. They won't drink soda but will drink a juice drink because it is so good for them.
Just because something isn't the worse choice to put into your body doesn't necessarily mean it's the best choice.
I personally feel fruits and veggies are great for the body. I try to encourage my kids to eat more of them. To help them eat more real food I started making weekly snacks of different fruits and veggies. I put them in little containers so we can hurry and grab them when we're headed out the door.
The bottom line is there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to food. You have to figure out what works best for your body, your family, and your budget.