Women Diets: Healthy Lunchbox Makeovers
Think what's in your brown bag would pass muster with a professional nutritionist? You might be surprised to learn how poor your diet really is
The "Victim": Jane K., Assistant EditorThe meal: A Smuckers "Uncrustables" peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Lays Baked Original chips, Fresh & Easy sweet iced tea.
Kimberly Snyder's assessment: "Hmm, OK, OK letís just dive in from the top! Letís make the switch from peanut butter to almond butter. Almonds are a healthier and more beautifying nut, without the pesky risk of aflatoxin mold, which may be present on peanuts at various levels. The jelly isnít such a great option either-- when fruit is heated and processed like that it becomes acidic in the body, and there are usually processed sugars added into it on top of the natural fruit sugars.
[Of course with PB&J] we have the food combining issue of eating so many food groups at once- protein (peanut butter), starch (the bread) and fruit (jelly). Letís take a hint from our wild animal friends, who eat much more simply than we do, and eat each food group at once. Why? Eating so many food groups takes a lot of work to digest. While we can certainly do it, it can waste a lot of our energy and make for a very groggy afternoon, and [it also] ties up energy that instead should be used to cleanse the body and elevate our beauty!
'Sweet' iced tea is scary and dreadful for the skin, as it is usually laden with a ton of inflammation-causing sugar. Maybe Jane can make her own iced tea and sweeten it with stevia, xylitol or another natural sugar (never use artificial sweeteners). Or better yet, stick to water or sparkling water with lemon!"
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