Thursday, October 27, 2011
I ended up having to bathe one of the dogs and take it to the vet which took all my exercise time. It probably did not hurt to take a rest day because I woke up at 4:30 am and had trouble going back to sleep.
Tonight my daughter and I attended a local health fair with lots of booths by different organisations. At one stand, set up by dieticians, there were all kinds of nutrition advice posters and one of them suggested eating half whole grain. Half? Really? When I asked about it the people said that most people are not willing to make bigger changes in their eating habits. I understand that, change is difficult, but to SUGGEST to only eat half whole grain...
The other part that bothered me was the suggestion to look for fat-free or low-fat items. I thought there was enough evidence by now that eating fat does not make you fat. Quite the opposite, our body needs a significant amount of fat to function. Most of our brains consist of fat.
In most cases low-fat and fat free items have been processed more and have things added and the sugar content of these products is almost always higher. Since I have stopped using low-fat and fat-free products (except for foods that are naturally low in fat like fruits and veggies and beans) I have been able to maintain on far more calories. I can't say exactly how many since I hardly ever count, but around 3000 on days when I exercise for about an hour. Anyone who I have met who successfully maintains on a low-fat diet needs to keep track of calories. Coincidence? Maybe, but I don't think so.