People often ask what they should or should not eat: protein after exercising, what kind of rice, whole grains, fish or seafood, for example. The answer to these questions is (almost) the same: maybe or maybe not. Sometimes. It depends.
Why? Because “everyone is different” and what is good for one person may not be good for another. It is all according to how much you eat. That said, in this article, we will list 5 foods you should never eat.
Not Recommended Foods
Although it is true that there are foods that can be more dangerous than others and there are recommended foods because they are healthier, the truth is that we cannot categorize food as “good or bad”. It is food, every case is different with more or less collateral health effects.
The 5 Foods You Should Never Eat
Food You Don’t Like
You will not like every plate you get or what is on the restaurant menu. So, why endure it? Food is our sustenance, that’s true, but it is also a pleasure and should be enjoyed, it is a culinary love and ecstasy. If it tastes good, perfect. If you don’t like it, don’t feel obligated to eat it. Many people “hate” a certain food, but they keep eating it because they think it is good for them.
This is not the truth. If you don’t like it, it is not good for you. It can obviously have nutritional benefits, but it’s the same with the 1 million other foods you could really enjoy. “Healthy food” is not only steamed broccoli and grilled chicken breast. Try to be creative and make your taste buds happy while you stay healthy.
Food that Makes Your Body Feel Bad
It may be your stomach, head, or joints. You may love something but after you eat it you feel bloated, lethargic and generally uncomfortable. This happens with any kind of food, according to the person, although white flours, dairy products, and meats tend to take first prize. Try to avoid those foods 99% of the time. The other 1% of the time is for you to enjoy, but be careful: don’t overeat. If you consider this kind of occasional enjoyment as a “special treat,” you will enjoy it a lot more. Don’t forget that if you eat too much you will feel terrible later.
Food That Makes You Feel Guilty
You know exactly what we are talking about. You spend the entire weekend eating cakes, brownies, ice cream, french fries, fried chicken, pancakes, crepes, sweets, tacos… And you wake up on Monday with a massive food hangover and feeling guilty so that it feels like it won’t disappear even though you spend the whole week eating apples, tomato and carrot salad.
Of course this happens: you punish yourself heavily the days after by following a strict diet that is impossible to do. Just like what happens after getting drunk, you promise not to do it again (although you don’t believe it because you will repeat the cycle the following weekend).
Feeling guilty for eating is horrible. It serves no purpose. Feeling ashamed about eating in an unhealthy way for a short period of time makes you feel unhappy with your body and forces you to eat things that you may not like “only because they are healthy”. This is not a recommendable technique for various reasons. First, you won’t lose the fat you already gained and second because your stomach won’t understand what is happening. It may become more sensitive if you eat healthy from Monday to Friday and then not skimp on ingredients, fats, condiments, and sugars on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you tend to have parties, go out, or order delivery or food on the weekend, don’t eat too much. Have a balanced diet. Don’t eat what will make you feel guilty because, after all, food should be incredible before and after eating it. If you finish your plate and you feel bad and guilty, is it really worth it?
Foods That You Simply Can’t Stop Eating
If there is a food that you simply cannot stop eating, that as long as the packet is not finished you won’t stop putting it in your mouth, if no matter what time it is you still want to eat, if someone else has to tell you “stop”, and if you have a lot of urges to eat it especially when you don’t have it at home… Then it is a food that you should eliminate from your diet.
When you think about foods that you cannot stop eating, that are addicting, surely french fries, chocolate, hamburgers, and pizza comes to mind. All of these “foods” chemically alter the responses in your brain and can become very addictive. But it’s not just junk food: you can also be addicted to healthy foods.
It may be a strawberry jam, your grandmother’s homemade cookies, or a salad, although these cases are minor. If you cannot stop eating Brussels sprouts, then that’s okay!
Food That Isn’t Food
High fructose corn syrup is not food. Modified corn starch is not food. Artificial dyes and flavors are not food. Cellulose (wood pulp that is often found in grated cheese) is not food. Propylene glycol? Not food either. However, big food industries add them to their ingredients (and many more that are not specified here).
These ingredients are used for many things, like saving money for the company, helping another company, creating an addiction for consumers, using cheaper things that last longer, but nothing for your health.
It’s best to make your own food with real ingredients and organic (or local) products and using high quality animal protein (grass-fed beef, not antibiotics and hormones, fish that is not farm grown, chicken that live free range, etc.). Read over every label and if there is an ingredient that you don’t recognize, it is likely that it is not food.