Whole Grains & Health Goals
After vacation, why is it that we crave to get back in the swing of things with routine and better eating habits? We go on vacation with intentions to relax and let loose, which often means eating foods we don’t usually eat, indulging a bit more, or for some, leaving all healthy eating habits at home. I’m sure we can all relate to the feelings of being out of balance.
This craving to get back to a routine is normal and can be really motivating. All too often I hear people say, “I’ll start my diet after vacation.” That “diet” often means cutting something out and depriving themselves by swearing off sweets, avoiding fats and carbs. This cycle and way of thinking about our diets can be destructive. There is no reason for removing foods from the diet, unless you have an allergic reaction or intolerance.
Including all the food groups can help get your body in the best shape and balance your nutrient intake. Oftentimes when people think they need to go alter their carb intake, it ends up backfiring and putting them into a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting. Eating whole grains can help you get back on track to better eating habits and here’s why:
No foods are forbidden. If you tell yourself you cannot have breads, pastas, cereals, and sweets, it’s likely going to increase cravings and can lead to a binge. Instead, eat sensible portions of whole foods like whole grains and yes, there is even room for sweets in a nutritious diet.
Fiber fix. 100% whole wheat bread, like Arnold Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread is a good source of fiber. Most American diets are lacking in fiber. The recommendation for women is to consume at least 25 grams of fiber per day and men 38 grams per day!
Energizing grains. When people are getting back on track with nutritious eating they often begin exercising too. Whole grains are a rich source of complex carbohydrates that help to energize the body and muscles; the body uses stored carbohydrates for energy during a workout.
When getting back on track with health goals, keep it fun! Don’t deprive yourself and remember to enjoy the process.