The first article comes from Motherjones.com, I had not heard of the website either until seeing this article, I don't know if that is good or bad. This article has three amazing graphs that show what the american diet looks like. The article does not have any ground breaking news, in fact it just hammers home the point that americans don't have the healthiest diets. The reason I love the articles so much though is that the picture to the left breaksdown perfectly what we should be eating. I actually read this article on my phone and then went through our house to see where I spent my money. For me I would be low in the following areas, dark green and orange vegetables, they are in the house just not in a large number. I would also be low in both low fat dairy and regular dairy, more on that in the next paragraph. My red meat number would be nonexistent other than a yearly hamburger I do not consume red meat. Five years ago when I got serious about cycling I gave up red meat, that summer I felt great, I then ate a hamburger around Labor day and it did a number on me. Any food that reacts like that after not eating it for three months is a food that I will stay away from.
I put dairy products and red meat in the same category. I have no clue what they put in to cows that we get milk from and I honestly don't want to know. After seeing numerous articles about what they put in milk I gave it up a few years ago. I love almond milk and swear by it, it takes a little while to get use to but it is free of GMOs and for me that is very important. I want my food to be natural I don't want a scientist making my food. What I forgot about was butter!!! I use butter for toast and when I make pasta, I eat a lot of pasta so I use a good amount of butter. This morning I read this article and was very upset with myself that I have been eating crap butter for so long. I actually was using the butter from the worst category!! This week I will be making a trip to the store and buying butter from the organic grass-fed or the best category. This may seem a little dramatic but after my experiences with milk and red meat I try my best to avoid bad foods.
This blog was not meant to scare people and say that all food is bad, that is not the case. By making intelligent food choices we are helping ourselves as diabetics, healthier foods often lead to better blood sugars. I'm human I like fast food here and there but it is important to make sure that fast food is not the main source of our food.