Mindset Shift with a Vocabulary Twist to Boot!

It turns out that eating nutritiously does not equate to munching on kale and other “superfoods” while depriving yourself of carbohydrates, fats, and sugars.  To digress, I have always thought that there is this societal hiccup that confines the definition of the word healthy.  More often than not, healthiness or unhealthiness in food is leveled to a one-dimensional comparison between products.  We tell ourselves, “apples are healthy, and cookies are unhealthy.”  We don’t usually tell ourselves, “cookies can be healthy, and apples are healthier.”  In an attempt to categorize our consumption into only two categories: healthy and unhealthy, we cut ingredients/recipes out of our diets for better, or for worse.

I’d like to propose a vocabulary shift in the nutritional world.  Instead of referring to certain foods (like cookies) as strictly unhealthy, we should understand that there are degrees to which even the seemingly most unhealthy food can be made healthier.  Simply choosing to prepare a homemade version of the food rather than purchasing a processed version of it adds nutritional value back into the recipe by eradicating the artificial flavors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, etc. that are ever present in grocery store products.  I will illustrate this point next week when we celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week… stay tuned!

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Mindset Shift with a Vocabulary Twist to Boot!

  1. Boo Radley

    This is great! I agree with you. Almost everything in life is a continuum, so why should food be an exception. I look forward to reading how we can slide some less healthy foods up that continuum toward more healthy.

    Nice writing!

  2. Sam L.

    Awesome post Katie! I agree with you wholeheartedly that strictly saying something is “good” or “bad” totally ignores the fact that most things are not strictly always only either one of those things.

    1. Yes! “Good” and “bad” and “healthy” and “unhealthy” are words that usually oversimplify the nutritional benefits or lack of nutritional benefits in certain foods. Thank you for commenting! 🙂

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