Happy New Year everyone. Have you had time to make your resolutions yet? Lifehack.org lists 15 popular resolutions for 2007 and to no surprise loosing weight is at the top of the list. There were a variety of reports throughout 2006 touting the health benefits of several foods. From pomegranate juice to olive oil, each has been listed as “insert disease here” fighting foods.
The growing list of cancer, diabetes, arthritis fighting is the continued subject of academic research and headline news stories. I have often wondered, with all the foods they continually find to be beneficial to our longevity, can a healthy diet actually accommodate them all. Having been a former personal trainer, I understand how difficult it can be for people to filter the numerous amount of health data they are bombarded with everyday. After looking at some of the foods most commonly associated with health lists that have been touted over the past couple of years, I compiled a list below with some basic nutrition information and benefits. Please note that this list is not exhaustive by any means, but meant to provoke more thought on the subject. Click here for a table of common “healthy foods.
That’s 1095 calories, 46 grams of fat and 108 grams of sugar before we even begin talking about other macro-nutrient sources such as whole grains and meats. Now if you fall under the FDA’s 2000 calorie diet, which is not without controversy, if not already consumed, these additional foods equate to more than half of the daily allowance.
Granted, your daily caloric intake should be dependent upon your level of activity. Whereas some individuals will have no problem adding part or all of these foods to their normal routine, other more sedentary persons will need to carefully consider their options. I think it is easy to see where this can get out of control. I would suggest that prior to adding additional items to your diet for health reasons put in the time to conduct a little research to first see if there will be any adverse health effects for doing so (or consult your physician). If you should decide to supplement your diet with more healthful foods, make sure you do so by balancing your calorie intake.
If you happen to be someone who has the weight loss resolution for 2007 I wish you all the best. Just remember, the 80/20 rule applies to fitness as well. Twenty percent of how well you do in the gym depends on eighty percent of what you do outside it.