a Baby Food Diet For You?
A Baby Food Diet? Think about it. Baby food is nutritious, healthy, low
in fat, low in salt and high in nutrition. The average jar of
baby food has somewhere from 15 to 110 calories. A first foods jar of
carrots has about 25 calories. Applesauce has 15 calories. A toddler
portion of ravioli has about 110 calories.
Apparently Hollywood stars have got in on the craze that has become
known as the baby food diet. The chief designer at Christian Dior, Hedi
Slimane, was the first to turn to baby food in order to fit into his
designer jeans. Since then, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and
fashion stylist Mark Heyes(www.gm.tv) have all jumped aboard the baby
food diet bandwagon.
Some substitute the tiny portions for healthy, between meal snacks,
while others substitute one or more jars of baby food for lunch or
dinner. The skinny jean fashion trend seems to be at the root of it
all, encouraging already skinny people to want to be even skinnier so
they can shimmy into the smallest possible size jeans.
It’s hard to fault a diet that is based on food we feed to babies. This
has to be the healthiest food on the planet, right? Whether you go with
the traditional Gerber or Beech-Nut foods or whether you scour health
food stores for the organic Earth’s Best, it’s hard to argue against
the fact that food we would give to babies is probably good for adults
too. Nutritionists tend to agree that it makes for a healthy snack even
if it can’t satisfy all an adult’s requirements for nutrition. Because
the portions are just so tiny, there certainly isn’t much that can be
said against it – as long as you are supplementing your baby food
portions with a balanced adult meal at least once a day. A tot sized
jar of ravioli, accompanied by a tiny helping of sweet potatoes and
followed up with a petite helping of strawberries and bananas, is
probably a much healthier alternative to a burger and fries, fried
chicken and a biscuit, or a couple of tacos.
Baby food doesn’t usually have additives like onions, cumin, garlic
powder and all the other delicious spices we use to spark up the flavor
in food, so it actually doesn’t taste all that great. The fruit jars
don’t have added sugar – one of the reasons it’s so healthy to begin
with -- however the result is that baby food is somewhat on the bland
side. If you can handle the taste and you want to tuck a few jars in
your briefcase, or your purse, we say, go for it. The baby food diet
really can’t hurt you.
However, if pure, unsalted, unadulterated carrots for a mere 25
calories are what you are after, why not try an actual real carrot? Raw
carrots are one of the few foods that actually require more calories
for your body to process than they provide in calories. Celery is
another food that will burn more digestion calories than it provides in
energy. And you when you pull a carrot stick out of your lunch bag in
the break room you won’t feel quite as silly as you will dipping your
tiny infant sized spoon into the mouth of a jar of Gerber.
A baby food diet might be all the rage in Hollywood, but do you really
think you can make it work at the office? If you think you can pull it
off, and you don’t think you will gag on the taste, then we say go for
it. After all is said and done, all you have to lose is weight.
I'm not sure I could eat baby food, but It wouldn't hurt to try it.
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