#Zdravé potraviny, diéty a ekologické produkty… To sú dôležité témy posledných rokov. No pre atraktívnu postavu často nemusíte jesť iba ovocie a zeleninu a takzvané bio produkty. Často stačí len trošičku zmenšiť porcie, či pozrieť sa na jedlo inou optikou.
O niečo také sa snaží aj fitneska a blogerka Lucy Mountain, známa aj ako The Fashion Fitness Foodie. Tá na svojom Instagrame úplne jednoducho porovnáva, koľko kalórii majú zdravé potraviny v porovnaní s tými „nezdravými“. Výsledky často prekvapia.
Vedeli ste napríklad, že „zdravá“ čokoláda bez gluténu či mlieka obsahuje viac kalórií, ako klasická mliečna? Alebo, že hrsť orieškov má rovnako kalórií, ako rovnaké množstvo sladkých gumených cukríkov?
Tieto porovnania úplne zmenia váš pohľad na zdravé potraviny.
A handful of Almonds vs. A packet of Fruit Pastels 🍬⠀ ⠀ Both snacks have the same calories. Which one would you pick?⠀ ⠀ Occasionally I’m the left hand, but mostly I’m the right hand. (I know, shocking. A person who considers themselves into health and fitness eats sweets – and is openly talking about it on social media.) 🌝🌝🌝⠀ ⠀ You see, although I’m fully aware that a handful of almonds contains lots of wonderful nutrients that would keep me fuller for longer, some days (no matter whether I’m looking to gain, maintain or lose weight) I’ll choose to eat sweets or a chocolate bar as a snack 💪⠀ ⠀ Why? Because when the majority of my diet has consisted of well-balanced food that’s full of micronutrients, I have no issue eating something thats less so just because I love the taste of it. This is just a personal choice. Cutting out things I love isn’t realistic for me so I always squeeze something sweet into my days (all whilst still sticking to my calorie/macro/micro targets.)⠀ ⠀ Many would choose the almonds for the nutritional value or the flavour – which is totally fine. Many would choose the almonds because even though they'd prefer Fruit Pastels, almonds would make them feel more ‘on track’ mentally – which again, is totally fine 💕⠀ ⠀ I’m not glorifying sweets, or almonds for that matter. I’m glorifying knowing what’s in the food you’re eating, and make educated decisions based on your own values. And I value food that’s good for my body and good for my soul.⠀ ⠀ ‘Healthy' to me is exactly what I make it. And Fruit Pastels (in moderation) make me happy which I believe contributes largely to my overall health 🙌⠀ ⠀ #FFFoodForThought #theFFF
Salt and Vinegar Crisps vs Vegetable Crisps 🥔⠀ ⠀ Each of these bowls contain 1 bag (40g) of crisps. The bowl on the left are salt and vinegar, the bowl on the right are mixed root vegetable.⠀ ⠀ Although the difference in calories is pretty minuscule, you’d expect the vegetable crisps to be considerably less calories right? This is just another little reminder that often there’s not much difference between the product marketed as the ‘healthy alternative’ and the real thing. So go for the thing you actually WANT to eat 🙌⠀ ⠀ Although there are many different aspects that describe ‘healthy’ (yes – it IS subjective), such as salt content, micro-nutrient value and how that food makes them feel, calories play a fundamental part in weight management. This post isn’t to say 'TRACK EVERYTHANG, TRACK THAT DAMN CUCUMBER’, it’s more about looking at your diet within the context of a whole day – and eating the damn salt and vinegar crisps if that’s want you actually want.⠀ ⠀ I want this and all my comparison posts to give encourage freedom with your food choices, not restriction. When 80% of my diet within a day is full of adequate micros and macros, i will ALWAYS eat food I love purely for taste. Because life. Ygm. 💁🏼⠀ ⠀ (All crisps are vegetable crisps 🌝)⠀ ⠀ Which side are you guys going for?⠀ ⠀ ⠀ *Crisps from Co-Op Irresistible range* – #FFFoodForThought #theFFF
100g Milk Chocolate vs 100g 85% Dark Chocolate 🍫 ⠀ ⠀ So it’s pretty unknown that dark chocolate actually has more calories than milk chocolate (and white chocolate for that matter.)⠀ ⠀ Dark is often given the label as the ‘healthy’ version of chocolate. And although calories aren’t the sole indicator of ‘healthy’, we just presume it has lower calories. So which one is best for weight-loss?⠀ ⠀ In most cases, Dark chocolate has less sugar, more fiber and more iron than milk. It’s basically more nutritious than milk chocolate.⠀ ⠀ Regardless, I will always go for milk for two reasons:⠀ ⠀ 1. I think Dark chocolate tastes like garden leaves.⠀ ⠀ 2. Chocolate isn’t something I’ll seek out when I’m looking to pack in those vitamins and minerals – especially in a diet that already consists of adequate fruit, vegetables and micronutrient-dense food 🥗 I enjoy chocolate for it’s taste, not it’s nutritional value. My diet is inclusive of it always – no matter what my goal is at the time 💪⠀ ⠀ For those of who genuinely love dark chocolate, keep doing you 💕. However if you PREFER the taste of milk, but force yourself to eat dark because you've read it’s 'healthier', just have the milk chocolate and enjoy it 💪 In terms of weight-loss from a calorie perspective, it’s actually more beneficial and will raise happiness levels by 938% (unproven stat.)⠀ ⠀ Don’t eat things you don’t enjoy for the sake of it. Personal enjoyment is ‘healthy’ in my eyes 💁🏼 Which side are you guys?!⠀ ⠀ #theFFF
150ml Gin & Slimline Tonic vs. 150ml White Wine 🥂⠀ ⠀ So I’m not really a casual drinker – I’m very much GO HARD OR GO HOME lol 💁🏼 I probably go out and get suitably drunk once or twice a month. This has nothing to do with being all #fitness, I'd just rather go for dinner most of the time than slam jagerbombz in Shoreditch.⠀ ⠀ Alcohol has calories (as much as we don't gaf after a few units 😏), and they can add up pretty quickly on a night out depending on what you drink. If you're a regular drinker, something as simple as swapping your white wine for a Gin and Diet tonic could slice your potential calorie intake by over half 🙌 Just something to bear in mind if you’re watching your intake 💕⠀ ⠀ P.s. I genuinely used to pre-drink a bottle of white wine at Uni. Was i okay?⠀ ⠀ P.p.s. Did you know alcohol is it's own macronutrient? 😏⠀ ⠀ #FFFoodForThought #theFFF
'Healthy Breakfast' vs 'Naughty Snack' 🌝⠀ ⠀ I've been talking a lot about labels recently, and I thought this would be good example of what I'm talkin bout.⠀ ⠀ On the left is a pack of Belvita Breakfast biscuits, on the right we have 4 digestive biscuits. One is marketed as a 'healthy breakfast' and the other is seen as a 'naughty snack.'⠀ ⠀ They're practically the same calories and macros, with the digestive biscuits being a fraction higher in protein and lower in sugar than Belvitas 🙄.⠀ ⠀ Yes, Belvita has an extra few micronutrients but only the equivalent to approximately 150g of spinach lol. Which one would hope you'd get from the rest of your diet anyway.⠀ ⠀ So yeah in short, buy Belvita if you enjoy them and they're working for you (#YouDoYou always 💕) but if you're only buying them because they're marketed as a 'healthy' breakfast, I'd argue you might find a better choice more suited to your goal.⠀ ⠀ (Digestives are also 60% cheaper #BargainLife)⠀ ⠀ #theFFF
100g Milk Chocolate vs. 100g Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Milk-Free Chocolate.⠀ ⠀ Reasons to buy the Free From Chocolate:⠀ 1. You are lactose intolerant.⠀ 2. You are very gluten/wheat intolerant.⠀ 3. You prefer the taste of it. 4. It suits your moral stance.⠀ ⠀ Reasons to not buy the Free From chocolate:⠀ 1. If your goal is weight-loss and you think this will help.⠀ 2. It tastes truly awful. (IMO of course hunz.)⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Buying 'Free From' food is like the Von Dutch cap of 2017. It's incredibly 'trendy' and it just shouldn't be.⠀ ⠀ There's an association that Free From = Healthy = Weight-loss. And it's just simply not the case. Just because something doesn't contain gluten or milk doesn't means it's any less calories or more conducive to your fitness goal 💕⠀ ⠀ 'Free from' should not be treated as an indication of 'healthier' unless you have a genuine intolerance.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #theFFF @thefashionfitnessfoodie