Top 3 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Healthy Foods

  • Possible Pat
  • April 3, 2017

It’s no secret that fried food is bad for you, but what about when you eat healthy food that is fried? Is it really that bad to fry your fish or your green beans?

Losing weight is hard enough when you don’t know what kind of foods to eat, but what about when you research and begin to figure out what foods you should be eating and what you should be avoiding?

If you are eating the healthy foods that you have been told are good for you, such as the ones you will see when you sign up for my Approved Foods List or on my Custom Meal Plan, but are not seeing any progress, perhaps it is the way you are using those foods. There are many ways we can sabotage our healthy foods and our weight loss efforts.

You could be sabotaging your food if you are…

>   Frying your food in oil

>   Using too many condiments to flavor your food

>   Oversnacking

Top 3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Food

Still Frying Your Food In Oil

Just because a particular food a good for you, doesn’t mean that it remains just as healthy when you fry it. This is something that people who are coming off of processed food will often do. For example, people who are trying to eat more vegetables may find themselves turned off by the taste and they try to remedy it by frying it.

Frying your healthy food, whether you batter it or not, can sabotage your healthy food by adding lots of unnecessary calories. These additional calories are empty, as frying destroys the good nutrients in your food. And yes, oils such as olive oil or coconut oil are considered healthy fats, but only in moderation.

Instead of frying your food, try alternative cooking methods. One method that always tastes great is to sauté your food in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil. You can also use water, or stock to boil or steam your food. This is particularly useful with vegetables, such as broccoli or cauliflower.

Overusing Condiments and Dressings

One of the many turn-offs of healthy food, especially vegetables, is that people are often not accustomed to the taste. This drives them overuse condiments to change or cover up the taste of the food. But this can lead to sabotaging our healthy food by adding artificial ingredients and excess calories to a meal that is already sufficient in nutrients.

One of the many turn-offs of healthy food, especially vegetables, is that people are often not accustomed to the taste. This drives them overuse condiments to change or cover up the taste of the food. But this can lead to sabotaging our healthy food by adding artificial ingredients and excess calories to a meal that is already sufficient in nutrients.

And I get it.

Condiments are fun, and they taste really good, so of course, we would want to use them on our food. And that is ok. I’m not telling you to completely cut out condiments, but rather just be careful what you are putting on your food. Try going to a condiment that is lower in calorie, but still packs a wallop of a flavor, such as mustard and hot sauce. And of course, try to go with all natural versions.

If you have signed up for our email list, then you already have your Approved Foods List, where you will be able to find a section all about great condiment options for you to choose from. With this list, the work is already done for you, and you don’t have to spend too much time at the grocery store looking at nutrition label after nutrition label trying to figure out calorie content.

You’re Snacking Too Much

Snacks are great, and they are important to our diet. In fact, I encourage that you have a couple of healthy snacks throughout the day. The concern comes when you begin to over snack, even on the healthy foods.

Let me put it this way. Imagine you found a great Paleo snack that you just absolutely love. And so that becomes your go-to snack. You can snack and you know Paleo is healthy, so why not? Great! Have your snack and enjoy it! But, one more won’t hurt, right? And one more after that?

Yes, Paleo is the healthy way to go, but remember, Paleo foods are still calorie dense and shouldn’t be over consumed.

Often people allow themselves to over-consume if they know what they are eating is healthy. But just because something is healthy for you, and can increase your weight loss efforts, doesn’t mean you don’t have to count it towards your overall calorie consumption. And while calories aren’t the only thing that we should be focused on, it does play a part and needs to be considered. If you require 1500 calories a day and then eat an extra 500 calories of healthy snacks, you are still at 2000 calories a day, whether or not the food was healthy.

To avoid this make sure you are paying attention to what you are eating when you are eating, and how much you are eating. A good way to do this is to keep a food journal and write down what you eat and when you eat it. You can also make sure that you are eating foods that will help keep hunger at bay by helping you stay fuller longer. These types of foods can also be found on my Approved Foods List.

There are so many ways that you can sabotage your healthy foods, and many of them we may not realize that we are doing. I know as I started to eat healthy and lose weight, consuming vegetables was new for me. I cooked my food in ways that didn’t help my efforts. I also found myself trying to cover my food with unhealthy condiments that got me nowhere. I used to hate the taste of broccoli and would cover it in melted cheese, but you know what? That cheese took my healthy broccoli and made it unhealthy by adding dairy and a ton of calories.

This slowed my progress because I didn’t know any better. I didn’t know what to eat or how to eat it. And at times I found myself overeating and justifying it because the food was healthy, so I thought it was ok.

You’ve seen me mention my Approved Foods List and that is because it can be used to avoid so many of these situations. I’ve taken what I’ve learned and put it into one easy to read the guide so you can avoid the mistakes I made. And best of all? It’s free! All you have to do is sign up for my email list so I can continue to motivate you throughout your journey.

About Possible Pat

Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.

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Cynthia Goldstein

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Freya Osborne

Really great points you have described. I need follow this regularly.

Thanks for sharing.

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