When you fill your car up at the gas station, you wouldn't think about putting water in your tank would you? Or, would you fill your gas tank with five gallons of soda? You don't need to be a mechanic or an expert to understand a vehicle needs gasoline to properly perform.
Just like a car, your body needs specialized fuel to run well. Your body receives fuel from the nutrients in the food you eat. Nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals are the body's main fuels that help you think, function, and live.
We usually learn about nutrition from tv, news, ads, doctor's offices, friends and family. Often there is varying information that you hear. How do you know what is right? Something you hear today might be different from what you were taught six months ago.
Just like when you are driving, the traffic light tells you what to do:
Green means "Go!" Yellow tells us to "Slow Down!"
Red means "Stop and Think!"
Green Light Foods
"Go and grow" foods. Eat as many as you want, great for growing kids!
Grown in ground.
Low in Calories
High in Nutrients
Can usually be eaten raw.
Yellow Light Foods
"Slow down" foods are ok to have every day if you don't eat too much.
Have more calories than Green Light foods.
Have more fat or sugar than Green Light foods.
Pasta, Rice, Bread, Tortillas (Choose Whole Grains)
Lean Red Meat
Organic when possible Soy
Red Light Foods
food you should "stop and think" about.
Consider making a different choice.
Consider smaller portions.
Lower in nutrients
Higher in calories
Contain artificial sweeteners
Contain hydrogentated oils or trans-fat
High in fat
High in Sugar
Sugary beverages - soda, juice drinks
"Special occasion foods".
Traffic Light eating is simple to understand. This is something great for all of us to follow as a guideline. The choices you make today impact your health tomorrow. Traffic light eating is something shared in Dr. Sears Health Classes shared by Nikki Scheidecker, Certified Health Coach. It is one of the simplest and best ways to eat healthy.