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Foods That Jackie Warner and Harley Pasternak Warn Against Eating

Jackie Warner Skips Yogurt; What Health Food Do You Avoid?

While doing research on Jackie Warner's new television show Thintervention, I came across a video interview with her on Bravo. In it, the trainer gives advice on diet and exercise, with one of her key points being to "ditch processed foods and sugar." For Jackie, it's sugar that's to blame for weight gain. Sound advice for sure, but I was surprised to hear her say that it's for this reason that we need to "get away from yogurt completely." I consider Greek yogurt to be pretty healthy, and it's definitely a staple in my diet. Similarly, Harley Pasternak shared with me in a recent interview that he recommends choosing other fruit over bananas or grapes because they lack fiber and are high in sugar. Both trainers feel that there are better alternatives for nutrients than these foods.

As far as healthy foods go, I stay away from seafood because of mercury levels, fishing practices, and bacteria scares. I know that seafood provides a lot of great health benefits, but for the reasons I mentioned above I don't eat it as often as I should. How about you? What healthy foods do you stay away from and why? Share your answers with me in the comments section below.

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candace-laden candace-laden 5 years
I am a Health and Food Coach here in Los Angeles. Yes, I agree with Jackie with regard to yogurt and, I think her point was, most yogurts are loaded with sugar. What she ommited was, Organic, plain, non fat yogurt is very good for you, unless you have an issue with dairy foods, which should be eaten in limited amounts anyway. Adding your own fruit, seeds and nuts to plain yogurt, is a perfect meal. In my opinion, and how I educate my clients, is everything in moderation except for any processed foods. Processed foods should be eliminated completely from your diet. If you are going to eat anything from a box, package or can, usually, if it has more that 5 or 6 ingredients or, any words you can't pronounce, the packaging is probably healthier to eat than whats in side! The problem, I feel, with any "expert", claiming "never", I think it is over exaggerated, such as "no bananas" "no seafood". I agree with what they have all said, as to why they should be avoided, however, because those are healthy foods in general, that as long as you don't eat them every day, you will be fine. This is why people end up with major diet issues. It all about being creative with how you cook your food, choosing a variety of different foods and reading labels and not being extreme with whatever your choices are.
unspoken-thoughts24 unspoken-thoughts24 6 years
Avocado. The calorie count just scares me. :(
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Healthy foods that I avoid? . . . . None! I'm opening up to so many new grains, fruits and veggies than I ever have before. Meats I hardly eat. I would kill for a good chunk of Gouda, but I found that eating too much cheese messes with my stomach so I've stopped buying it. Every now and then I treat myself tho. I switched over to almond milk <3 and do my best to stay away from anything with HFCS. I gave up my favorite Canada Dry Ginger Ale because it has it! boo.
organicchick organicchick 6 years
I can't stand tofu. I've tried cooking it 10 different ways, and never found a way to enjoy it. Shame, because my husband enjoys it. I try to stay away from a food that labels itself as "healthy" -- whole-grain chips, high-fiber bars, etc. If I want grains and fiber I eat (homemade) bread and veggies. I think restricting fruit is kind of silly (as long as you are getting your veggies in) because of the nutrients they offer, and plain Greek yogurt is wonderful after a workout.
AmyLyn AmyLyn 6 years
I love dried fruit but I think the key here is to consider it a TREAT! I do not eat it as a meal or a snack, I think of it as dessert, something special that you can't eat all the time. I also make sure that I watch portions and always keep to the correct serving size. And anyone tell you to stay away from a certain food? No way! Everything in moderation, whole foods are important. The less processed crap we eat the better. If given the choice of a fresh banana or some in season grapes or some processed low fat sugar free can guess what I will choose!
Cymry Cymry 6 years
Dairy has been almost entirely eliminated in my diet, the only exception being cheese. I love nonfat plain yogurt mixed with cinnamon but had to stop eating it due to stomach pain. I switched over to almond milk and soy (although greatly reduced the amount of soy in my diet lately). I avoid most starchy vegetables, although I give in to a sweet potato or parsnip for baked fries once every other week or so. My grain intake is also considerably down lately, as I am suspecting gluten may be a culprit to some stomach pain and a family history of gluten intolerance.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
Oh and I forgot DAIRY! I don't TOUCH it!!!!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
The "health" foods that I steer clear of: - Whole Greats (I live a very low carb lifestyle) - Fruit (WAYYY too sugary! Vegetables are better... for me at least. Plus, fructose "feeds" cancer!) - Soy (NOT a health food!) - Nuts (I would go to town on these bad boys and really one is only suppose to eat an ounce a day or so) - Shitake Mushrooms (they make me vomit) - Pork (do people actually consider this healthy, that's disgusting!) - Alcohol (well it's not considered a health food/drink but it does have health promoting properties in small doses, but I choose not to drink at all because well... frankly I'd rather eat my calories!)
deafitmom4 deafitmom4 6 years
oops I meant greek yogurt is loaded with protein and very little carbs!! It does have calcium, but PROTEIN is what I meant!
deafitmom4 deafitmom4 6 years
Ever since my naturopath put me on the anit-yeast diet earlier this year, with the exception of popcorn&corn products and few others I can eat, it wasn't too overly strict. I was able to kick the sugar habit, and completely cleanse out my system and start fresh. I avoid bread(except brown rice bread products), processed foods(I do treat myself to choc chip cookies on occasion), pasta not made with brown rice, white bread products, and most sugar-laden foods. I never bought yogurt that had sugar in it, I do eat greek yogurt, and I buy Brown Cow yogurt for my kids. True, many products have added sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup, I read the labels carefully, and if they have either product then I avoid it. There are few products that have sugar, cane sugar, agave or cane juice that I must have. :-) I eat any fruit I am in the mood for, I love avocados, and seafood is my favorite food, so thats impossible for me to avoid. I have always been a healthy eater, but after this anit-yeast diet, I feel so much better cuz I don't have that gassy bloaty feeling, and I feel healthier without all that processed, sugar laden foods. I do like to treat myself to a glass of wine, or a sweet treat on occasion so I don't feel deprived. Food is to be enjoyed and it is fuel for our bodies, just like gas is fuel for the car. But you must put the proper kind of food into your body just like you must put the proper kind of gas into your car, otherwise, there will be damage done. As for yogurt, as long as it doesnt have added sugar, I think its great for your body, has calcium, natural probiotics, and great source of protein. Greek yogurt is the way to go, esp. since it is loaded with calcium and very little carbs.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I avoid protein bars/granola bars/energy bars because most of them have a lot of calories and are not very filling for me. I also don't really eat avocado, most fish, zucchini, summer squash, milk, kombucha, and fruit juices. Not because I have anything against them, it's just that I don't like the taste.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
I try to stay away from dried fruit and nuts. But I will not give up my non-fat plain Greek yougurt with honey and blueberries. Great breakfast.
ameliajc ameliajc 6 years
I have to take issue with both of these trainers. While some yogurt can be loaded with sugar, greek yogurt is good for you and, if eaten plain, is a great source of protein for minimal calories. As far as telling people not to eat bananas? That is just wrong. Slightly green bananas are not full of sugar. They ARE full of potassium, a good thing especially if you want the energy to exercise. And even more ripe bananas at least contain a form of sugar the body knows how to handle. There are a thousand other foods people should shun before yogurt and fruit.
SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 6 years
Nuts and dark chocolate! I love them both but have a problem stopping at one serving size so I only eat them on occasion.
lemuse20 lemuse20 6 years
Peanut butter, avacado, granola, dried fruit - I can never justify them because they leave me hungry still ... but I do eat plenty of yogurt, bananas and grapes daily!
amber512 amber512 6 years
Low-fat/non-fat weird things. Anything too processed even if it claims "healthy" on the front. Soy. Fruits and Veggies that I simply don't like and won't continue to force down my throat!
michlny michlny 6 years
Soy Products --> they're just too controversial. **except, tempeh - b/c fermented is good.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 6 years
Anything low fat/ non fat, especially dairy. I definitely bought into Michael Pollan's argument in "In Defense of Food" that manually or chemically removing fat from a product also removes its nutrients, which are sometimes then added back in with supplements (like Vitamin D). Its a type of processing. I find that I can be satisfied eating just 2 spoonfuls of full-fat cottage cheese, but a whole cup of low fat just doesn't give the same effect. It just tastes better. I also make a lot of things myself (like granola bars, bread, crackers, etc) so that I don't have to worry about added sugars, chemicals, or other processing agents.
Zulkey Zulkey 6 years
granola bars: I can binge on them. fish: just not the biggest fan. bananas for the reasons pasternak says (but I don't think grapes will kill you, personally). And dark chocolate doesn't really get me excited either.
guavajelly guavajelly 6 years
i've been shunning dairy just recently because I'm trying to get behind the cause of my phlegm. also i'm really trying to cut out sugar so no dried fruits. 1 medjool date had 16 grams of sugar!!! low sugar fruits have far more nutrients and fibre then tropical fruits. so in the comming weeks i'll be experiementing eating mostly berries, cherries and other low sugar fruit. oh sugar blues!
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