Are you ready and set with your New Year’s resolutions to improve your health, eat better and exercise more?
As many of us continue to add to our 2013 health and fitness goals, there are a few food habits we should all think about kicking as we close out the last few weeks and enter the new year with a happy, healthy and successful outlook.
Here are 5 foods you can leave behind in 2012:
1. White Potatoes
Given their high glycemic index rating, white potatoes have become the step-child on the list of “bad for you” carbohydrate scale.
If you’re trying to stay slim or avoid gaining weight, you’ll do well by keeping potatoes (in any form, i.e. French fries, mashed, baked, boiled) off your dinner plate.
Switch out your craving for sweet potatoes which pack a powerful dose of fiber and vitamin A.
2. GMO Foods
Proposition 37 didn’t hold up in congress but that doesn’t mean your diet has to be doomed to eating genetically modified foods.
Fill your pantries and refrigerators with certified organic meats and produce whenever possible.
3. Vegan Frankenfoods (TVP)
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) products produced from soybean oil used as a protein rich meat analogue (think veggie patties and non-chicken “chicken nuggets) are largely made using genetically modified organisms. Ninety percent of all soybeans made in the U.S. contain GMOs.
These “meat like” products also undergo a rather egregious processing lifecycle full of aluminum, acid washing and MSG to clean and imitate the taste of meat. Just say no.