Food First Way

Clarifying “Sugar is fine in Moderation”

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in Food First Way | Comments Off on Clarifying “Sugar is fine in Moderation”

More than once when I was telling a group of kids that sugar is bad for them, a kid or two wanted to argue with me saying they had been told that “sugar is fine in moderation.”  Wether this statement is true or not depends on what you mean by “fine” and what you mean by “moderation.” I’m afraid some of these kids believe that sugar is like salt, a necessary nutrtient that you must be careful to not get too much of. BTW: I found on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s website that an adult needs 4.2 grams of salt per day, with 1.5g as the minimum, but the average adult gets 10-12 grams of salt per day. So, if you think “sugar is fine in moderation” means just don’t eat the whole box of cookies at a sitting, I think you should reconsider. I tell myself “sugar is fine in moderation” and eat sugary desserts at buffets a couple of times a month, a handfull of 60% chocolate chips most nights, and birthday cake whenever it’s offered. However, I know I would be better off to reduce my sugar even further. It would be more accurate to tell kids “sugar won’t kill you if you only eat a little bit, less often than once a day.” Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this...

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How do you choose what to eat?

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Food First Way | 2 comments

If you are new to truly eating healthy, here’s my advice: Don’t choose what to eat based on convenience or taste. Choose what to eat based on your health and then learn how to make these choices convenient and tasty.   Some of you probably choose what to eat by looking in your refridgerator and cupboards and balancing the questions of what am I in the mood for? what’s easiest to make? what’s getting old?   For you I suggest throwing out anything that has sugar or white flour as an ingredient. Shop more carefully in the future. How do you choose what to buy? I hope you spend most of your time in the produce section of the store, buying fresh fruits and vegetables. I hope you don’t buy stuff in boxes with labels.  I especially hope you aren’t swayed by a box that brags about being healthy, because they rarely are truly healthy. Don’t buy fat free, gluten free, sugar free, etc because you think “as long as it’s missing something it must be good for me.” I hope to educate you for what you want your food to be missing and what you don’t.  But, the bottom line is if it doesn’t have a box with a label involved,  it’s healthier than if it does. Don’t be swayed by TV commercials, either. Some of you may decide what to eat by what restaurant you are driving by when you are hungry.  For you, I suggest you plan your food in advance, packing healthy stuff from home or go into a grocery store and buy some fruit or vegetables instead of eating at a restaurant.   The hardest problem to overcome is if you don’t get to be totally incharge of choosing what to eat becasue you choose what to eat as a team with others like family members or coworkers.   If you are serious about learning to eat health food, you may have to temporarily eat alone, until you get used to it.  I ate breakfast and lunch alone and made a separate dinner for myself for about six months.  It worked great for me. Now, my family eats with me again and almost always at least half of the people eating with me will like what I cook. see part 2: Who taught you how to choose food? Please leave a comment below about how you choose what you eat.  If you are a Food First Way member, I hope you will come back to this page every few months and comment on changes in how you choose what to eat. . . Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this...

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Who are the members of Food First Way?

Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Food First Way | Comments Off on Who are the members of Food First Way?

Who are the members of Food First Way?

Who are the members of Food First Way? A lot of the members of Food First Way are members of Gold Medal Taekwondo in Las Cruces, NM. Some want to improve their diet to compete better, some want to improve their health and safety through nutrition while they also learn martial art and self defense. A lot of the members of FFW are Master Marcy Shoberg’s personal friends and family who saw what great results she got with nutrition and want to do the same. Some members are parents of students or past students of GMTKD who heard about this group from Master Shoberg’s newsletters and other emails. Some members have found us though the internet. Some members are other local martial arts instructors looking to improve their and their student’s health. Some, very few, members are vegetarian. Some members are “plus size” people. I strongly suspect most of these plus size people eat a healthier diet than most people do, according to the food pyramid, anyway.  I believe they are eating something their body doesn’t know how to use properly, probably dairy or wheat. Some members are nutrition experts or already “health foodies.” (I’d like these people to comment to me more often, letting me know if I’m on the right track.) Many members are busy parents of school-age children. Some members are diabetic, some have arthritis.  At least one member probably eats so little that she has dropped her metabolism and put on excess fat. Some members are not interested in improving their diet, just reading my emails to be polite. Some members are trying desperately to improve the diet of their uninterested family members. Here’s what all members (except maybe my experts) have in common: 1) Our lives would be improved if we ate more vegetables and less white flour, enriched white rice, and high fructose corn syrup and white sugar. (This is what we work on at FFW white belt level) 2) We don’t understand as much as we should about using fruit and other grains besides wheat in our daily plans of what to eat. (This is what we work on at FFW yellow belt level.) I worry that many members are hearing so much nutrition advice from the news, commercials, and everywhere else that no focused changes are happening in their diets.  I’d appreciate it if you could temporarily tune out any advice that doesn’t relate to your rank.  I also believe that we each have different lists of the best food for our bodies, and we all have many things on our minds that seem more important than what we should eat, but in fact, almost nothing is more important than what we choose to make our body out of. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this...

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