In response to the post 10 Foods You Should Eat More Often, I decided to write about the foods you should eat less often. Most of these foods will probably be pretty obvious, but some of them may surprise you. It is much easier to eat healthfully when you know exactly what you should be eating more of and what you should be eating less of. Hence, the 80/20 rule is in place. While these foods may not be the best for you, they might still be acceptable in smaller amounts. Here is the list of 10 foods you should be eating less often:
To put it nicely, this is the stuff that is poisoning us and making obesity the epidemic that it is in America today. Almost all disease can be traced back to wheat. It is a very, very good idea to stop eating grains. Here is why.
2. Dairy Products
While things like hard cheeses and kefir are okay in moderation, they should not be the bulk of your diet. I put dairy products on this list because you should be eating them LESS often, not because you shouldn’t eat them at all. In fact, fermented dairy products can have some really great probiotic benefits. Having said this, dairy is still no match for a well sourced cut of meat. Eat dairy products less, but do not feel the need to cut them out completely.
Dark chocolate is a great way to get tons of delicious anti oxidants. It is also a great way to overdose on your sugar intake. While 75-90% cocoa chocolate bars every once in a while will most likely not give you a huge insulin spike, eating 1-2 whole bars a day can still mess you up.
Nuts are another overused source of protein and fats. While nuts can be good for a snack every once in a while, eating a lot of them on a regular basis will cause some issues. The first of which is that nuts still contain some antinutrients like phytates, lectins, etc. Unless you want to soak your nuts and seeds for a few hours before you eat them (which you could do), you should stop eating most nuts and seeds. The second reason to limit your nut and seed intake is that they tend to be very high in polyunsaturated fat, specifically Omega 6′s. If you remember from our vegetable oil post, omega 6 Polyunsaturated fatty acids are very unstable and can wreak havoc on your body (see: inflammation).
Don’t get me wrong, I love fruit. I eat it almost every day. A common mistake that we see in peoples diets however, is that they replace the carbohydrates from grains and legumes with the carbohydrates from fruit. The problem with this is that fruit is very high in fructose, or sugar. Eating a lot of fruit can spike your insulin and upset the carbohydrate curve, causing rapid weight gain amongst other problems.
6. Processed Foods
It should go without saying, but we all need to eat processed foods less often. The only way to true health and wellness is through real whole foods. Processed foods are full of chemicals and genetically altered “foods” that are awful for true health. Avoid processed foods as often as possible.
Legumes have antinutrients in them that can give a lot of people some really bad intestinal pain. While eating lentils, green beans, etc every once in a while is probably fine, I would not make it a habit. Stick to meats from good sources for the bulk of your meals.
8. Liquid Foods
Supplements like whey protein shakes can be very helpful to college students. However, shakes and liquid foods tend to spike insulin levels a lot steeper than whole real foods. This can create insulin sensitivity which will cause some really big health issues and nutrient defficiencies. Try and stick to whole foods as much as possible.
9. Grain Fed Beef/Farmed Fish
I will be the first to admit it, it is very hard to control where your meat is coming from when you are eating in a dining hall. However, this doesn’t mean that you have no say in the matter. Email your dining hall staff and ask where your meat and vegetables are coming from. Other than that, when and if you go out for meals, try and go to restaurants that get their produce locally.
Dr.Lustig will be the first to tell you, sugar is making you fat. Not only is it making you fat, it is also probably making you sick. Watch Dr.Lustig’s video for some more great information on the problems that sugar is causing to your health.