Don’t Confuse Organic with Good For You

By now, if you’ve been reading this blog at all, you know that I am a huge advocate for Clean Eating.  I encourage you to eat all fresh, organic, whole foods, avoiding all processed junk.  But just because a label says that the product is organic or all-natural doesn’t mean you should eat it! Don’t confuse “organic” with “good for you”.

I had a client recently who decided to change her nutrition in order to gain health and lose weight.  She threw out all of the processed junk in her house and purchased all clean foods.  (YAY her!) She began an exercise program as well. For some reason, tho, the weight was not coming off.  Her workout routine was great, so I assumed it must be in her nutrition. I asked her to write down what she was eating, so that I could look at it and help her analyze any problems. Well, she was eating all clean foods, but had not changed the types of foods she was eating.  Dessert and chips seemed to be a regular on her menu.  “But they are organic, so they are healthy!” she said. Wrong. Once she realized that organic did not equal healthy, she started dropping those pounds and feeling better in no time!

Eating a bag of all natural, organic, chips, while better than the average bag of chips, is still going to derail your health or weight loss goals. 🙂 Organic does not mean lower calories, and portion control is still a key with trying to lose weight.

There are some great organic desserts, but remember a treat is just that, a treat. It may contain all natural sugars, but it is still sugar. We need to be mindful still of eating very little of the treat category, and much more of the fresh fruits and vegetables categories.

Just because a food contains sea salt instead of regular salt, and peanut oil instead of hydrogenated oil, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. The best way to ensure that you’re getting healthy food is to focus on fresh produce and skip out on the junk food!  Shop your local farmer’s market for the freshest produce.