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TKORTE99 Posts: 143
8/21/12 1:14 P

All vegetables are good, but how you prepare them could make them bad. There's nothing wrong with a baked potato but if you put tons of butter, sour cream, cheese & bacon on it - you've just made it very bad.

Just watch how you prepare your food and what you're putting on it and it will all be good for you!

8/21/12 12:56 P

Looks like I need to work more on my mind set to be successful at this. But thank you for all the help

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8/21/12 12:23 P

All veggies are healthy. Some just have more calories than others so you may have to pick and choose which ones will fit into your nutritional plan. Most green veggies have very few calories, most bright colored veggies have a little more.

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8/21/12 11:47 A

The "bad food attitude" isn't a constructive one, and it's actually one that can backfire on you! Labeling foods as "good" or "bad" does nothing but leave you in that diet mentality that leads to short-term results and long-term failure.

Here's a GREAT article from Sparkpeople on why it's not good to label things as "good" or "bad":

Potatoes are actually very good for you; they're nutritious and as long as you're not drowning them in sour cream, butter, and other toppings, fairly low-cal, too!

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8/21/12 11:42 A

Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin a, yes they're high in carbs, but they're orange and therefore more nutritious than white potatoes. White potatoes have healthy carbs and are a good source of B vitamins.

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8/21/12 11:32 A

Potatoes are not bad. They are packed full of nutrients (especially sweet potatoes). But, they are starchy veggies and, as such, they have more calories than the non-starchy veggies.

No need to avoid starchy veggies, just weigh out your portions so you don't get more calories than you want and watch the toppings on potatoes (can get lots of cals/fat in the toppings).

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8/21/12 11:30 A

It really depends on your definition of good and bad.

Corn and potatoes are oftentimes called vegetables. But....they are both filled with lots of really easy-to-digest carbs. I would put them in with grains in terms of nutrients. If that is ok for you, then go for it. If you find yourself going over on carbs or trying to cut down on carbs then those are good things to reduce. They are both filled with good nutrients, so if your choice is eating a Milkyway bar or a baked potato, then the potato is clearly the better option, but some of us try to limit carbs and, therefore, don't really have a lot of room for corn, potatoes or Milkyway bars in our day.

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8/21/12 11:23 A

It helps not to look at foods as "good" foods or "bad" foods. If you constantly avoid the "bad" foods, you may avoid them so much that you wind up feeling deprived and "cheating" on your diet by eating a ton of junk. It helps to fix healthier versions of "bad" foods, (such as making a hamburger at home with lean beef, veggies, and a whole grain roll) instead of getting a big mac.

As for veggies: no, there are no bad veggies! In general, it's best to aim for getting several different colors of veggies to provide a variety of antioxidants and vitamins. In general, try to choose green, yellow, red, and purple veggies over white ones. Corn and white potatoes aren't "bad" veggies, but it is better to consider them a starch or a grain than a vegetable. They do provide vitamins and fiber, but they are higher in (healthy) carbs and lower in vitamins than some of their more colorful counterparts.

It's also good to aim for a variety of colors among the fruit you choose, as well.

8/21/12 11:12 A

This is my second day and I am a little overwhelmed. I would like to try to find a list of veggies to avoid. I hope potatoes are not on there.

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