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In Praise of Middle Foods

Saturday, April 03, 2010

For years I was either on a diet or I wasn't. When I was on a diet I ate lettuce, celery, carrots, broccoli, green beans, yellow squash, bell pepper, and other low carb/low calorie vegetables. I ate cantaloupe, peaches, and strawberries in carefully measured quantities. I avoided bananas. Apples were an occasional treat. When I wasn't dieting, fruits and veggies were not a big part of my diet at all -- unless you count fries and potato chips as veggies and the fruit in pies, jams, and banana splits.

Back then there was a whole range of foods that weren't diet and weren't feasting that I now call the Middle Foods. I never ate Middle Foods. But now I eat peas, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, sweet onions, edaname, and all kind of beans and other things that I thought I could not eat to achieve and stay at a healthy weight. I now eat bananas and apples almost daily, and all fruits are welcomed fare. Fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, "diet" and "non-diet," all those Middle Foods now contribute to my healthy intake. I have found many of these Middle Foods are surprisingly satisfying and delicious.

Do you have middle foods? Are there any foods that you used to think you could not eat to lose or even maintain a healthy weight that you have found out are healthy and filling? Are there any fruits, veggies, or legumes that you still avoid? -Marsha

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    Hi Marsha!
    I have always eaten what ever I felt like in fruits and veggies, never thought of doing anything else, and strawberries, blueberries and bananas were always my favorite first fruit choices. Broccoli, carrots and cauliflower were my go to veggies. Junk food favorites were cheese puffs, chips and buttery popcorn.. What made me gain though, was my absolute love of cheese. I would scarf down a 900g package a week! I exercised regularly, but wasn't enough. Today, I allow myself one thin slice of cheese (100 calorie slice of cheddar), some shredded cheese on my poached egg whites and that is it. I also allow myself a piece of dark (95% cocoa) chocolate daily. I don't need anything more. I like snap peas in my salad. I got away from canned goods totally. I used to have soup a lot, and also bread, but not into them now. Bread gets freezer burned on me, and cereal goes stale.
    I really prefer a simple diet, raw fruits and veggies that don't require any prep except to wash and cut them up. Its easier :)
    2971 days ago
  • JOHAL52
    Bananas are a boon for my digestive system. I usually have at least a half a banana per day but never more than one. If you had asked me this question last year I would have said that I am able to maintain while eating all kinds of foods--in moderation. I would eat chocolate daily, bread, etc. This year I am really struggling to lose the 6 pounds I gained over Christmas. I seem to continually bob between 130 to 132. I probably could get down to 126 if I gave up my Middle Foods entirely but I haven't yet got to that point. I am still pondering whether what the scale says matters if my clothes fit.
    2971 days ago
    Never thought about 'middle' foods before. I guess mine would be deserts and I still don't partake except for a bite now and then. Oh wait - chocolate, I forgot chocolate - now my 'middle food' is Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie - 85% cocoa, 1/4 ounce.
    2971 days ago
    we just got back from whole foods market in tampa. just a "check it out" type visit to decide if it would be worth it to go when we can shop again. totally. fresh fruits and veggies that are organic at a fraction of the cost of veggies in produce dept with more variety. bulk buy grains and cereals. I'm sure you've already gone. Our favorite thing we found today- goat's milk and brown rice ice cream. looking forward to trying those.
    We want to incorporate some raw diet into our normal eating to balance it all out.
    2971 days ago
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