In our last post, I talked about how not all vegetables are created equal. It’s important to find balance in all things, and produce is no exception! I shared 5 veggies to eat more of: Garlic, Ginger, Broccoli, Leafy Greens and Brussel Sprouts. Today, I’ll share some veggies to eat less of (especially if you’d like to drop 10 pounds before the Fall Party Season!)
First, though, a couple of basic guidelines!
Whenever possible you should choose the best quality of produce available. Some commercial produce uses harsh chemicals and fertilizers that taint the food, the land and the water. Generally, the closer to the farm you are, the better for the planet.
Eat produce that is in season. There is no reason to be eating produce that is better traveled than you are during the abundance of the fall harvest season! Food tastes way better when it’s picked at the peak of ripeness, not picked green and ripened on a truck on the way across the continent.
Alright here’s the list, 5 veggies to avoid on your plate!
Corn – It’s Everywhere
Straight up, Corn is sugar.
- Corn is the number one crop grown in North America.
- Almost 90% of all crops grown in the US are to feed livestock, which in turn feeds us. These would not be good for cob eating.
The biggest issue with corn is how we have processed it into so many products in the form of corn syrup. Go ahead, pick up a box of something out of your pantry and I’ll bet there’s sugar in one of its many forms. We use it as a sweetener, a thickener, to add flavour and get consumers to the Bliss point. It’s in salad dressing, deli meat, soda, cookies, pizza crusts and hundreds of other everyday items.
Try This: Start reading labels and watch for that pesky corn. It will trigger the sugar rollercoaster. Blood sugar will spike, insulin will be released to bring the blood sugar level back to normal and you’ll have the dreaded energy crash. Check out King Corn on Netflix for a look behind the curtain. Try to avoid the additives at all costs!!
Bonus tip: If you’re having corn on the cob, stick to one cob or even share one. Don’t think it’s a guilt free second course, think of it as a sweet treat that’s healthier than a cupcake!
Carrots, you’re on the list.
But don’t carrots help you see at night? They are high in Vitamin C but they also have a high sugar content, more so if you cook them, so try and keep them to a minimum.
Try this: Switch or split with celery for snacks and salads, same crunch but less sugar.
Onions; sweet, sweet onions!!
There are many different varieties of this flavourful plant, but most onions are high in sugar. Caramelized onions is a good example of the sugar content. When you cook onions, this slowly release sugars which cause them to turn a golden brown then dark brown and become sweeter.
Try this: I know, onions are in everything and they are delicious. Just be mindful as to how many you add and how often. Like corn on the cob, these are not the guilt-free veggies we may have thought.
Eggplant, that purple emoji thing
The eggplant is a nightshade “vegetable”, meaning it is the fruit of a flowering plant. Botanically they’re fruit, but nutritionally they get grouped with the veggies. Nightshade vegetables can have some inflammatory properties. They can cause inflammation in joints and other areas of the body, especially in people who already suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia or lupus.
Try this: If you suffer from any of these conditions, you can experiment with your own body’s reaction by removing nightshades from your diet for a period of time and see how it affects your symptoms. Other nightshades are peppers of all kinds (including cayenne and paprika), white potatoes and tomatoes. Yikes, bye bye tomato sauce and salsa!
Most of us suffer from some level of inflammation, not realizing that we’re missing out on more vitality. It’s a good idea to be mindful of eating too much of any good thing, and nightshades fall into this story.
Tubers from under the earth!
You may know these vegetables as potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes and beets. They have some great nutrients, but also contain high amounts of starches and sugars. When we combine these starchy vegetables and high temperature vegetable oils like canola or safflower oil (French fries, we’re looking at you!), you create nasty molecules known as free radicals. These free radicals attack all of the cells in the body and weaken the cell walls which can lead to cell degradation and cell death. They are literally killing at a cellular level, making you look older than you are. Scary!
Try this: Use these starches sparingly (or not at all if you’re trying Keto). If you’re looking for ideas for smashed potato alternatives like cauliflower rice, roasted radishes and yamaka fries, join us Saturday, September 14th for a taste test! We’ll post some pictures and results after the Farmers Market!
I’ll bet most of the vegetables on this list are in your regular rotation, aren’t they? It’s not likely you’re going to quit eating them all tomorrow, but reducing the amount and frequency of these veggies will help lose that pesky 10 lbs. Start checking in on the carbohydrate and sugar content on side dishes and menu items that you consider “healthy”, you may put down that extra scoop!
If you would like to change the way you eat but don’t know where to start, let me help you dig a little deeper into your unique challenges. I’m available for a free 45 minute Kickoff Coaching Call for all Big Mountain Kitchen clients.
- Uncover what’s been stopping you, slowing you down or keeping you from losing weight.
- Develop a powerful vision for your body transformation, and what it will mean for your life
- Discover which foods and lifestyle habits are bringing your body down… and what to do about it
- Get crystal clear on a step-by-step plan to lose that 10 pounds and feel fantastic in your body.
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