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by Michael Davis, Executive Chef

 
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Communication is the key to so many troubles in life. Poor or incomplete messages can result in an influential messenger leading people in a direction that may or may not be beneficial. Sometimes the listening audience is told something that appeals to their mindset.

low-carb dietsAn example of this could be someone who really wants to lose weight. They struggle with discipline and willpower. Someone comes along with a plan that only sacrifices carbohydrates, and you can eat all the protein you want.

Well, if you are telling me I can eat all the meat I want, that is a pretty attractive plan. Ok, I am more than willing to give up my carbohydrates. I hear they are not good for you anyway.

Well suddenly, through the grapevine, I am very excited because I can eat 3 eggs and 8 strips of bacon or sausage for breakfast, 3 chicken breasts for lunch and a giant steak for dinner. Wow! This is a great diet, right?

Unfortunately, you haven't considered the intense stress on the body from digesting this volume of protein. And then there's all that fat from the bacon and other meats.

My sacrifice: I can't eat an orange, banana, baked potato, even whole wheat. A red flag goes up for me here. I am not a nutritionist but someone is going to tell me that a banana or orange, a slice of multigrain or whole wheat bread may have too much carbohydrates... yet I can eat eggs and bacon for breakfast?!

Do you see where I am going with this?

Obviously I am referring to a popular diet plan over the last three decades. There are some positive things to this diet. But when you are asked to exorcise natural forms of fruits and vegetables because they have carbs... well, to me that's crazy talk. Again I am not a nutritionist, however these are natural forms of fruit and vegetable foods so they can't be all that bad.

On another note: eliminating white flour where possible is probably not a bad thing. White flour holds virtually no nutritional value.

Always consume breads and pastries that utilize whole grains. Many of these different grains do great things in our bodies. They help fill us up when we are eating. Eating too much is a huge problem when watching your food intake. They also aid in cleaning out our intestinal tract and in reducing cholesterol, high blood pressure and your risk of diabetes.

The bottom line: When dieting, make sure you do your research. It can be dangerous to get your diet plan from the delivery guy, who got his info from his postman, who got his from an advertisement on TV. You can only imagine the details that get lost in the process.

If the diet creator has a book get a used copy from Amazon.com for a couple of bucks. If the diet raises a red flag, consult a dietitian. They are readily available.

Don't take for granted that because it is on TV or in print that an eating plan is legitimate. They may merely have a good publicist or marketing plan. If it seems too good to be true... well, it just might be.

The best diet is a lifestyle change.

The simplest diet is eating modest amounts of well-balanced meals accompanied by 20 minutes of exercise each day and plenty of water. If this simple advice doesn't become part of your plan, you will never maintain your weight loss. Attain this lifestyle and in time the weight will come off.

Remember that it took some time to put the weight on. Taking it off in a slow and steady manner is far better than trying to dump it overnight.

Executive Chef Michael Davis believes a creative innovation of wholesome foods is the best approach to eating... foods unadulterated by chemicals, layered in flavors with a picturesque presentation. He received his A.A.S. in Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University.




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