Prior Fat Girl: Eating right is not just about “Low Fat” foods

I learned a lot from the One Breath, One Step: A priorfatgirl get-together in October. Specifically about eating — and, many of you will be beyond excited to know I’m ready to make a switch. I’m ready to step out of the comfort of…

  • Low fat
  • Fat free
  • Sugar free
  • Low calorie
  • Calorie free

You heard that right — I’ve decided to break up with scientifically engineered foods and concentrate on eating food not made in a laboratory. Now let me stop here and say one thing – foods that fall into the above categories are a part of my journey. I am completely confident had I not relied on them, I would not be where I am. And I cannot stand here and say foods that fall into those categories will never cross my lips again — because they probably will. My journey is so very much mine. I’m not going 100% whole foods nor am I doing 100% clean foods or organic. My goal is to incorporate foods that do not have a majority of its ingredients developed in a lab.

I’m also going to begin paying attention to my carb/sugar ratio. During the get-together, we learned from Stacey at Kitchenwerks that most foods that are low-fat, fat free, sugar free and low calorie are so but it is because the make-up of the food has been altered – and tend to be high in carbs. Carbs are good – I am not going low carb. The body needs carbs but only so much – when the body gets more carbs than it needs, it turns the overage into sugar and stores it.

Below is a couple of pictures from our grocery visit this week:

Milk, carrots, bananas, cheese, crackers, 2 cans chick peas, 2 cans crushed tomatoes, bread, milk, cream of portabella mushroom soup, balsamic vinegar, carrots, red &orange peppers, 2 packages sausage, gravy & pellegrino water.

Eggs, yogurt, pasta, prosciutto, kettle corn and salt & vinegar chips (last two are for Carlos)

Nothing said diet, low-calorie or fat free. Carlos came with me to Trader Joe’s and was an active part in shopping – which helps. We actually turned the package over and instead of looking at the calorie count, we looked at ingredients, carbs & sugar content {Carlos isn’t a calorie counter but was active in looking at the ingredietns, carbs & sugar because he too heard Stacey talk!). Carlos also picked up some meat from a different grocery store which is un-pictured. I have to be honest, I’m scared. I’m scared to eat foods that aren’t labeled calorie-free, low calorie or fat free. And I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing – but I’ve made it this far by figuring things out, by learning as I go and by paying attention to my own journey.

And, regarding working out? Well, it’s time to actually use this:

Not a clothes hanger!

This post was written byJen Emmert and originally published onPrior Fat Girl. Follow Jen on Twitter:@priorfatgirl

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Sue Halligan on 11/20/2010 - 03:20 pm.

    This is delightful to read! I would like to urge Jen and others coming to similar conclusions to treat themselves to Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” (for the long version), or for a shorter read, “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manifesto.” My favorite rule is: Never eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. But the over-riding prescription for optimal health is: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

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