When it comes to diet, Nutrition Diva is neither a purist nor a perfectionist. But there is a short list of foods that she would go hungry rather than eat. What are they? Click to find out.
If you've been following my work for a while, you've probably gathered by now that there are very few things that I have a zero tolerance policy about. I often talk about the importance of limiting sugar, for example. But I don't believe sugar is "poisonous" and I've never insisted that you completely eliminate it from your diet. What's more, if you're keeping your total sugar intake within reasonable limits, I don't really care if it's in the form of a natural sweetener (like honey or agave), refined white sugar or even - gasp - high fructose corn syrup.
See also: High Fructose Hysteria.
Similarly, I often suggest keeping fried foods to a minimum. For one thing, fried foods are usually pretty high in calories and most of us are looking for ways to eat fewer calories, not more. It's also true that heating oil to high temperatures, as you do when you fry stuff, creates harmful compounds. Fried foods are not something you want to be eating every day. But I'd be a hypocrite if I told you that you can never enjoy a French fry or potato chip. Although I certainly don't make them a regular part of my diet, I have been known to enjoy both. Guilt-free.
The benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables--even when they aren't organic--far, far outweighs the potential risks of chemical exposure.
I also think there are lots of benefits to buying and eating organic foods. Not only does it reduce our exposure to potentially harmful chemicals but - perhaps more importantly - organic practices are much healthier for the environment, farm workers, livestock, and wild animals.
However, when organic options aren't available or affordable, I eat non-organic produce without giving it a second thought. The benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables - even when they aren't organic - far, far outweighs the potential risks of chemical exposure.
A Pretty Good Diet Is Usually Good Enough
In other words, there are very few foods that I think need to be completely avoided in order to have a healthy diet. When your diet is mostly made up up wholesome, nutritious foods, you can afford to relax and enjoy the occasional treat. And, although it is possible to overload your body's natural detoxification pathways, under normal circumstances, your body is actually pretty effective at dealing with the toxins you can't avoid.
With all that said, there is a short list of foods that I will actually go hungry rather than eat......