J500 Media and the Environment

Do “good” and “bad” foods really exist? by tesshedrick

I absolutely love brownies, especially when they are soft and gooey.  Man, they are delicious!  Even though I love brownies, I consider them more-or-less a “bad” food.  I tend to do this with a lot of different foods, that is labeling them either “good” or “bad.”  In my mind, I think of bad foods as offering no nutritional value.  I think of “good” foods as those that give way to a full feeling without packing on calories.

Because I have this mindset, I tend to stay away from foods that I have labeled as “bad” foods.  However, slip ups are inevitable.  You always want what you can’t have and in my case, these are “bad” foods.  I can only say no so many times to pizza, cookies, brownies, you know name it.  But then, it comes too much.  I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but When I want to eat something so bad, but I know I shouldn’t, that one food begins to take over my mind.  That forbidden food is my only thought.

Instead of allowing myself a little piece of brownie, or what have you, when I want one, I may eat 2 or 3 after so many times of saying I won’t allow myself to have any.  The aftermath of eating a few brownies as opposed to one is uncomfortableness and sometimes guilt.

I can recall some early morning shows that blatantly say that “this” food is good and “that” food is bad.  The “good” food category in my head has been easier and “safer” to eat than my “bad” food category of food.  I am also a fan of Cosmopolitan Magazine, but I was not a fan of this article called “13 Healthy Foods That Make You Fat.” They failed to acknowledge that you can still eat these foods in moderation.

The categories of “good” and “bad” foods began to take a tole on my everyday life.  These two categories began to consume my everyday thoughts.

There is too much of life going on for food to be the only thing controlling a person’s life.  I finally realized that I needed to dramatically change my thinking, which would then change the way I lived my life.

I found out the tools I needed to start on my journey of a different thought process.  I started seeing a nutritionist whom at first I was reluctant to believe anything she was saying.  She made me write down a list of “good” foods and “bad” foods.  She then proceeded to tell me that there are no such thing as “bad”  or “good” foods.  My first thought was, “This is a conspiracy!”

However, after more sessions with my nutritionist, I began to see that there was no difference between “good” and “bad” foods.  No one should have to deny themselves a food that they like.  I learned that having a few bites of something that you are hungry for will prevent a major craving for in the future.

Since going through this experience, I have thought about the way I ate when I was a little kid.  I realized that no one really taught us in school how to eat.  For me, I think it would have been very beneficial to have some sort of nutrition class once a week in elementary schools.  The way I would see it bringing in a nutritionist or dietician and teaching kids how to get the nutrition they need as well as how to eat the foods they like in moderation.

I have totally transformed the way  I think and feel about food and can now enjoy the foods that I choose to eat.  It has definitely been a learning experience, but I think it has been the most rewarding and positive journey I have taken thus far.  I highly suggest to set up an appointment with a nutritionist or a dietician.  I think you will find that your eyes, and mouth, will be opened.

-Tess H.


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I thought your post was very interesting to read. I feel like I could relate to it in many ways (I too love brownies!). I think you bring up a good point on how foods are not necessarily “good” or “bad”; it is important to think about moderation.

I am surprised how much of a transformation you got from the nutritionist! I think the nutrition classes in schools are a great idea! That way students can learn that information from a young age.
My question to you would be: are there other ways people can learn about this information, other than a nutritionist? (like if someone doesn’t have the time or money to see one)

Great post though!
-Jackie McClellan

Comment by jackiemcc


I failed to acknowledge that, yes, nutritionists may not be affordable to some. I think one way to alleviate some negative feelings about certain foods starts with the media. I feel like every commercial I see is about some weight lost drug. I feel like something as a simple public service announcement commercial would be helpful.

-Tess H.

Comment by tesshedrick

Great post, except for the fact that two of my favorites, sushi and rice cakes, are not good foods to eat. What a wake-up call.
I would be interested to know what a typical elementary health course covers in regards to nutrition. I wonder how it differs from what we were taught as kids. I know that the food pyramid has been revamped and there are so many theories out there, but I would like to know what kids are being taught in elementary and middle schools or if they are even being taught about it at all anymore.
-Becca N.

Comment by beccan


When I think back to elementary school (oh, the good old days) I do remember being taught about the food pyramid. However, I remember always being unsure about what a “serving size” was. I didn’t understand what 2 servings meant of something compared to 3 or what have you. I remember junk food always being talked about as not good for you. Automatically those foods were labeled in my head as “bad.” But man, I always seem to what the things that you are not necessarily supposed to have.

-Tess H.

Comment by tesshedrick


I very much enjoyed reading your post. It was very easy to relate, I too would label food into good and bad categories. I agree that children should be educated about nutrition and healthy eating habits. How much responsiblity do you think lies with parents versus schools when it comes to educating children about personal nutrition?

Micole A.

Comment by micolea


I do believe that parents’ play an essential part about teaching their about nutrition. I do think it starts with the parents, but I think schools should also play a vital part because some parents may fail to teach healthy lifestyle choices.

-Tess H.

Comment by tesshedrick


I am wondering what you eat more of now after seeing a nutritionist; what did the nutritionist point out to you that you were missing in your diet? -Kristina B.

Comment by kristinabev


My nutritionist actually told me to eat MORE in general! I was so surprised when she said this! Because I was limiting the quantity of food I ate, my metabolism had dramatically waned. She also told me to eat a lot more protein and to lessen my once very high fiber intake. I learned that there is such a thing as too much fiber. Too much fiber will eliminate the nutrients you receive from other foods.

-Tess H.

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