I’ll just go ahead and tell you my opinion to this question.
“Yes,” there are bad foods. There are absolutely foods that I will not eat no matter who offers it to me.
However, when I weighed over 300 pounds, I didn’t feel that way. There was no food that I would have classified as bad. The only foods that I wouldn’t eat were those that I didn’t like. If I wanted to eat a whole container of ice cream or two double cheeseburgers with fries, I would.
I knew in my head that those foods weren’t great for me, but I tried to convince myself that it didn’t matter what I ate.
My reasoning was that I was so fat and I might as well eat whatever I wanted to no matter the calories or healthfulness of it. I absolutely seemed impossible to lose 150 pounds. I did feel guilty sometimes, but I just ignored the guilt and ate away.
The concept of good foods for me versus bad foods never entered my mind. Cereals could be chocolate, lunch could be a couple of processed “Lunchables” and dinner could be a fried Monte Cristo sandwich complete with a Death by Chocolate dessert.
I ate “bad” for me foods all the time. When I started writing this post, part of me wanted to say that there are no truly “bad” foods because I honestly believe in moderation, but even with a moderation philosophy, I do believe there are foods that are just plain bad for us.
Bad for our health. Bad for our weight. Set a bad example for our kids.
I thought it would be interesting here at the end of the year to ask you to think back throughout this year and share whether there are foods that you 1) classified as bad and 2) avoided completely.
Here are a few from my absolutely won’t eat list:
Movie theatre popcorn – Did you know there are between 1000 and 1200 calories, and 60 grams of saturated fat in a large tub of movie popcorn? Not to mention the sodium. I just can’t do it!
Donuts – Unnecessary, high in calories, not filling. A total non-food.
Chicken Pot Pie unless I make it – Marie Callendar’s chicken pot pie has 1040 calories and 24 grams of fat. Other brands are similar, and restaurant pies are even worse.
Most canned soups – The sodium counts on most of these makes these an absolute no on my list.
Beef and pork – I know there is nothing inherently wrong with these. It all started when I got Ecoli food poisoning and was in the hospital for four days. I had eaten a restaurant hamburger that wasn’t completely done. That crossed beef off my list, and pork soon followed.
Soft drinks – I stopped drinking these a long time ago. The calories are high (240 for 20 ounces), and most of the diet drinks have artificial sweeteners, which I try to avoid.
My list has changed over the years, but these are a few of the foods currently on my “bad” list. I have a lot more but didn’t want to take up the whole post on my list!
Do you foods that are on your “bad” list? Diane