When it comes to eating healthy foods most people have an idea in their head as to what that is. Just about everyone is going to consider spinach a healthy food and cookies a not so healthy food. What about something like pasta? Some people would say that pasta is not a healthy food; others would say that it is, and some would say it depends on if it is whole-wheat pasta.
The thing that makes it hard to determine if a food is healthy is that there is no indicator of what makes a food healthy. Is it the total number of calories in the food? What about grams of sugar or amount of vitamins and nutrients? It really just comes down to the opinion of the individual and what they believe is or isn’t healthy. Many people who are trying to lose weight will base their diet off of what they think is healthy and only eat those kinds of foods. It is still very possible to overeat those “healthy” foods and gain weight, or at the very least not lose the amount that you wanted to. One difference between “foods that are good for you” and “junk” foods is that the healthy foods will generally help you feel fuller longer. Most people will feel more full after eating a plate of vegetables and lean meats as opposed to a plate of pastries. Realistically no one will eat anything but pastries all the time. People run into problems when they never eat their favorite foods, and they are always depriving themselves of their favorite foods.
In my opinion there really is no such thing as healthy and unhealthy foods. I feel this way because there is no indicator of a healthy food and it is completely subjective to what the individual thinks. The sooner you get this idea of healthy food out of your head the better. You will then be able to eat foods that you enjoy like ice cream for example and not have to feel guilty about it. You can also go to a restaurant and enjoy yourself around your friends. You won’t have to eat a salad off the menu when you really don’t want to.
The main thing is to stay accountable with your total number of calories that you are consuming and you will be fine. If you eat a cookie, that’s fine as long as you still stay within your given number of calories. You can make up for it if necessary by eating less of something else or exercising more.