Foods to Avoid during Summer

It’s far too easy during the silly season to succumb to bad, bad food. We all know the scenario. It’s late at night and we’ve had a few. All we want is a hamburger or ten thousand chips and it is very, very difficult not to go ahead and buy them. The trick to abstaining from greasy foods is in remembering how bad they make us feel.The wrong foods can make us feel sluggish and even down at times. Their effect is accumulative. Have you ever noticed how when you’ve been on roll of eating really good food you feel positive and motivated? The moment you stray off the path for more than two days, bad food can make you feel very dreary indeed. Who needs that? In an age the facts about junk food speak to us loud, why mess up our own lifestyle and start going down the road of eating bad food just because it’s party season and it’s easy? After all as the saying goes, we are what we eat?and who wants to be thought of as a greasy burger? We are so much more than that.

So, you’ve been to a party, or maybe you’ve actually been to two parties, three bars and now you’re slowly making your way home. It’s 3:30am and you’re standing there eyeing off the greasy delights on display at the ‘open 24 hour takeaway’ and it’s looking very tempting indeed! You want 3 pieces of pizza and a large bag of chips. You want to take them home and eat them while sitting on your couch. Don’t do it. It is a one-way ride to bad health and once you get on that roll you won’t stop. Chips, greasy pizza and strange looking over-oiled pasta dishes are not going to make you feel any better the next day or any day really.

This summer it is important to get a grip on your diet and avoid certain foods for all time. They only seek to cause havoc upon your physique and your moods. Here’s this miss list for this summer.

  • French fries

    The facts are that French fries sound exotic and potatoes seem okay late at night. But the truth is they are just about the worst thing you could imbibe after 4pm let alone late at night. French Fries seem okay, but have you ever wondered why you don’t feel so great afterwards? They are starchy white potatoes cooked in very hot fat. Worse than this they are often flavoured in chemicals and sugar. They seem like the best snack food at the time, but don’t be fooled.

  • Doughnuts

    It’s around 3pm on a Wednesday afternoon and they look so cute and harmless sitting there, all sugar and warmth. Don’t be fooled. Doughnuts are fried bread. They make you feel sluggish and tired. Yes?that feeling is the doughnuts talking.

  • Chips

    Any kind. These are just a packaged version of French fries. There are some health food versions that don’t leave that nasty after-taste and are okay? but really. The original versions are hard to resist. Deep down we all know they are a one-way ticket to more cellulite.

January 28, 2003

Foods to Avoid during Summer – Continued

    • Soft drink

      Become ambivalent about it. Lose your desire for cola or lemonade. None of them are okay. If you get the desire for something fizzy, go the plain mineral water option. Not only will it make you feel better, but your skin will benefit too.

    • Cake

      Marie-Antoinette was wrong when she suggested that the masses should all eat cake. The inclination is always there, particularly around 3 p.m. with a cup of tea, but wrong. Cakes are okay every once in a while, but don’t make a habit of it every day.


  • Lollies

    If you must, try to move onto the sesame snap kind of treat. Most lollies will take you on a high and then dump you in the middle of nowhere. They are a sugar over-load. Try an energy bar from the health food shop. Most of them are really lollies, but the reality is that they contain a third less of the calories, more protein and less fat. Don’t think that they can replace a meal though.

  • Fat-free cookies

    Beware! Nothing ever is. Anything that says it is fat-free is not necessarily so. Read the label carefully and have a think about what is in the product. Fat-Free doesn’t always mean it is fat-free. You might be better off making your own, with dried fruit and ingredients you understand and feel good about eating because you know what you are eating.

How to win the war

Be prepared

This is the only way to avoid the cravings and sometimes the sheer necessity to eat whatever you can get you hands on that contains high quantities of sugar. Make sure you have healthier snacks on hand. Carry them around with you. Sometimes if you have a small bag of cashews or dried fruit in you handbag it will quell the desire for something less desirable. Another method is to simply stop buying sugar-loaded snacks. If they are not there, chances are you won’t eat them.

Variation is the key when it comes to eating?and most things. If you had cereal for breakfast, surprise yourself with something entirely different, like yoghurt for a snack. Then have a salad for lunch and so on. Make it your business to create food that is interesting for yourself. Ask yourself if it is something sweet, salty or savoury that you currently desire. If you can satisfy your needs this way then you will slowly stop any compulsion towards bad foods and bad party season habits.

January 28, 2003