“Red light, Green light Foods”

07/01/2016

Where no food is out of bounds and all foods can be eaten in balance!

"Go, Slow, and Whoa” are all too familiar words to me.  These words have been uttered to me from the “back seat drivers” in my car while I am driving.  “Go Mom go or Whoa Mom, look out for that truck.” But they could also be words used in a new way of thinking about the foods we eat every day. How can that be?  Think of your body as a car and much like a car, your body requires fuel to run. But, not just any fuel, the proper fuel.  High octane fuel in the tank can help your body run properly, efficiently and smoothly.  Similarly, the quality of foods we take in can do just the same for our body.  High octane fuel and high energy foods are best whereas, low grade fuel and foods may lack varoom your body. Two effective ways for your body to respond efficiently are to fuel it with high energy foods and to regularly get physical exercise, like walking, swimming, and yoga.
 
So let’s create a new way to look at food, where nothing is off the table. I’m calling it “Go, Slow, and Whoa”! All foods can be eaten in balance !
                                           
GO,  SLOW, and WHOA Foods 

  • GO Foods:  Great food options to eat most often
  • Lowest in fat, sodium, and sugar
  • Relatively low in calories
  • "Nutrient dense" (rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients important to health)
  • Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • SLOW Foods: To be eaten less often and not part of one’s regular daily diet
  • Having greater fat, added sugar, and calories
  • Peanut butter, waffles, syrup, granola, cornbread, and taco shells
  • WHOA Foods: To be eaten once in a while/occasionally, in smaller more controlled portion size
  • Highest in fat, added sugar and sodium
  • "Calorie-dense" (high in calories)
  • Often considered “empty calories” meaning lacking valuable nutrients
  • Fruits canned in heavy syrup, croissants, muffins; doughnuts, sweet rolls, fried potatoes, hash browns, deep-fried foods, processed chicken nuggets, hot dogs, lunch meats, pepperoni, sausage, fried fish, and candy