Am I Really A Food Nazi?

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Am I Really A Food Nazi?

Marriage involves a daily tango of negotiations, some big and some small. Sensing your partner’s lead and moving together takes skill and patience. As a physician, a wife and a mother, I care about my nutrition, and of course I also take much responsibility for the diet and health of my family. Today our tango imploded into a tangle of awkward missteps when my children reprimanded my husband. The girls explained that he was being unhealthy by eating fruit flavored Greek yogurt for breakfast. Ouch!

Greek yogurt is certainly all the rage, and I’m a fan, but most people aren’t eating the plain yogurt decorated with their own fruit to add sweetness. Instead, many people buy the fruit flavored varieties. Don’t be fooled: organic cane juice is just a fancy way to say sugar. I try to read labels and educate my kids about what I learn. In the medium size tub of Greek blueberry yogurt we have in our fridge, there are two servings. Each serving packs a whopping 27 grams of sugar. Odds are, my husband will eat the full container, giving him a full 54 grams of sugar. For comparison, that is 10 grams MORE than you’ll find in a bag of Skittles.

I talk with my kids about the fact that eating a little bit of unhealthy food is OK every once in awhile, even once a week is fine. However, I would argue that we don’t do ourselves any favors when we let marketers influence what we think is healthy without reading the labels and learning for ourselves. I may be a food nazi, but my kids are going to know how to read a label and make healthy choices as they grow up. I don’t plan to throw away the yogurt, but I will treat it as a Saturday night dessert, because anything that contains 27 grams of sugar per serving is definitely a dessert!

Now back to the business of the tango. I plan to rustle up some healthy and delicious breakfast options this weekend. I need to creatively distract my dance partner from the fact that I’m hiding his yogurt in the back of the fridge behind the berries and pineapple slices.

Thanks for listening and I wish you the best of health!

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Categories: Nutrition and Diet, Obesity and Overweight, Weight Management, Diet, Exercise

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4 replies

  1. Good for you for teaching your kids a healthier way to grow up! We have heard so many times that each generation is getting progressively worse and now many people are turning to Lean Cuisine and 100cal packs as a way to combat obesity. Problem is they are just as bad (if not worse for you!). It gives me hope that some families are instilling the mindset of fresh produce and all natural ingredients to young kids.

    • Love your comment about Lean Cuisine and 100 calorie snacks. There are some marketing geniuses out there who lure us into a false sense of accomplishment when we eat these processed foods.

      • Definitely, it’s just all chemicals. I’m a college student and I see so many people choose those as healthy options every day. Thanks but I will stick to preparing my own food that will be way healthier, more filling, and tastier!!

  2. I’m so glad you wrote about hidden sugar in foods that are marketed to look healthy! I am on a campaign to get rid of the brand name chewy granola bars in my house, since they have no more nutritional value than a candy bar, and just as much sugar. I’ve noticed that some people think since children have faster metabolisms, it’s okay for them to eat more sugar than an adult would. I challenge that notion every day in my huge household’s line dance. Baby steps…

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