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I don't know about you, but I find social media endlessly entertaining. I don't just mean the amusing conversations I have with my friends, the funny cat pictures that we all LOL about, or the latest faux pas by a celebrity or politician that has Twitter all a-twitter. My favourite kind of entertainment is when somebody expresses an OPINION, which results in a whole bunch of other people who also have OPINIONS homing in on any such comment to have their self-righteous say because, hey: THEY KNOW BETTER.
There are few more contentious subjects than "diets". Whenever I see a post on Facebook or Twitter about how awesome the Clean Raw Caveman diet is, and how wrong everyone else's approach to eating is, I have to admit that I get a little excited. I sit back, rub my hands together and wait for the inevitable sledging to begin. I never have to wait long. ;)
If you know me at all, you'd know that over the years, I've tried a number of dietary approaches, and have always ended up making my own modifications to whatever the rules may be. Because I'm not an idiot - I know that it's not necessary to be extreme to achieve optimum health. In the end, I've always come back to the same old basics, which are not that far removed from the rules my parents set down when I was a kid. They went something like this:
Eat your veggies or you'll sit at that table all night.
If you want a snack, the fruit bowl's over there.
You're thirsty? There's water in the tap.
Finish your meat; it'll put hair on your chest. (I think my Dad may have made that bit up)
Fat isn't fattening.
Potatoes aren't fattening. (repeat for whatever food is currently out of fashion with diet ninnies)
Yes, you can have ice cream. And a small bag of lollies. But not too often, OK?
If you eat too much, of course you're going to have a sore tummy. (Also interchangeable with "Your eyes are bigger than your belly")
There appears to be a world shortage of common sense when it comes to food. Seriously, when did eating become so complicated? Don't get me started on the "food is fuel" thing, either. That's a whole other blog post.
Of course there are some folks who do need to pay extra attention to what they eat. If you have high cholesterol for instance, or are at risk of cardio-vascular disease, you need to add a few extra guidelines. Following a low cholesterol diet isn't at all difficult. As well as the standard nutrition advice for the general population, you should be sure to add some foods that lower cholesterol levels. They include*:
- High fibre foods... so fruits, veggies and whole grains. Oats and oat bran are especially helpful as well as apples, pears, prunes, kidney beans; all high in soluble fibre.
- Oily fish and/or an Omega-3 supplement.
- Walnuts, almonds and other nuts, which contain polyunsaturated fats, great for helping to keep blood vessels healthy.
- Olive oil, which has a mix of antioxidants that can help lower LDL cholesterol without affecting HDL cholesterol.
- Foods with added plant sterols, such as Heart Active milk.
If you have high cholesterol, you really should keep your consumption of saturated fat to a minimum as well. And trans fats? Ugh. Avoid those suckers if you can. Low cholesterol diets: not that hard.
P.S. If you need some inspiration for healthy meals and snacks, you could do worse than to check out the recipes on the Heart Active site.
|These bread and butter puddings look really good...|
*Source: The Mayo Clinic