Monday, February 9, 2009

Hey, did you know good nutritional information isn't on the darkside of the moon?

My grandmother gave me a very old medical book (approx. 100 years old) and one of the chapters gives the cure for obesity. You may be surprised to know that the cure is: balanced diet and exercise. Believe it or not, through all the fads, that is still the best treatment.

Sometimes, we feel like we should try this "balanced diet" thing. But does the info on the side of the package really tell us all we need to know? What about things without packaging, like fruits and vegetables and raw meats? I found this website that gives a nice breakdown of food nutrients and has several tools to help you make sure you are getting what you need. In addition to the "raw" foods, it also has many popular brand name foods which contain the ingredient you search for. I haven't checked that part out yet. There seems to be several levels to check out here...including good foods to "match".

Check out: Nutrition Data*

*I am in no way compensated for directing you to this website, though I wish I was.

1 comment:

Hazel Spupspe said...

I've been trying the "eat all you want and still lose weight" diet, but it's not working. Probably due to the "eat all you want" aspect, combined with the lack of exercise. That website is pretty cool. I entered 3 ingredients I want (e.g. calcium) and 2 that I don't (e.g. saturated fat) and it generated a list of 200+ foods that largely consisted of different types of soy milk, cheerios, and mushrooms. I should switch to soy milk. I drank a lot of it in grad school back when I thought I was lactose intolerant.

I have a list of the "twelve healthiest foods" (according to some book author) on the refrigerator door and sometimes I check it to see how many of the foods got into my diet that day. I'll try to type it from memory because I don't want to get up from the sofa to check it, since that's against my "eat all you want" diet:

chocolate (not bad so far, huh?)

okay I can't come up with the other ones. have to check...

black beans
sweet potatoes

Mostly delicious. I want to try eating all of those foods for one day, and no other foods. Shouldn't be too difficult.