While we’re on the topic of calories I’ve got to say something about point systems. I don’t want to name names (you know who you are) but it rhymes with shwait splotchers.
There is something very disturbing and unhealthy about assigning a point value to a food. A brownie should not be “worth” the same as an avocado. That’s crazy talk! There is nothing remotely similar when comparing the two. Refined sugar, flour and chocolate (and not the good kind) vs good fats, protein and nutrients like potassium and lutein.
I know losing weight can be very frustrating and may seem impossible at times. But, please, my dear friends this is not the answer!
Using a number system to evaluate whether or not you can eat a food is silly business. You’ll forever be keeping track of numbers (that would drive me mental and I’d probably forget half the time), the joy of eating will be zapped right out of you and you won’t necessarily be giving your body all of the wonderful foods it needs and deserves.
How about considering these 3 things when determining whether or not to eat a food…
(1) Calories vs nutrition. A 100 calorie brownie snack will never match the nutritional supremeness of a 250 calorie avocado. One will keep you craving more and more as it’s devoid in nutrients while the other is a very satiating and delicious snack.
(2) It’s not an equal playing field. By giving every food and food-like product a number it places them all on an equal playing field. But looking at food one dimensionally like that is no bueno. There are so many more things to consider: where it came from, when it was picked (freshness), what it ate (in the case of animal products), actual health value of the product vs what the marketing guys want you to believe, and so on.
(3) Don’t count calories. Don’t count them because you can’t. Who knows how many calories that piece of salmon you just ate had? Better yet, who cares?!
I hate calories and rarely think of them. I give my body what it needs and wants and that’s that. So far so good :)
NOTE: If you’re struggling to lose weight, shoot me an email and we’ll get you all sorted out and headed down the right track to health (and a fabulous bikini, or banana hammock, body).