I just saw an advertisement that made my stomach turn: “The Miracle Noodle: imagine the world where noodles are calorie free.” If you know me at all, you know that I am screaming “noooo!!!” While a large percentage of the US population may go crazy for calorie-free food, I dig in my heels and cringe. And that is why I couldn’t resist selecting the Shirataki Noodle for this month’s Product NO Case. Why do I hate this no-cal noodle phenomenon (see another blog post on calorie-free salad dressing)? Let me count the ways.
1. It tastes disgusting. Ok, I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried it. But I’ve talked with multiple clients who have eaten the stuff and admit, it’s totally disgusting. It’s made of tofu and yam flour- enough sad.
2. Eating no-calorie/low-calorie foods leaves us feeling deprived. Do you know what happens when you’re deprived? You are set up to want to binge. Plus when you eat food that is unsatisfying, your brain continues to produce “I want to eat hormones” causing you to think about food more.
3. Demonizing calories is NOT helpful! Calories are the very stuff that allows our brain to function, heart to pump, legs to walk, etc. We can’t feed our bodies calorie-free substitutes and expect to feel well and be healthy! Let’s embrace the fact that we are humans and that means we are EATERS- consumers of calories. And when we feed our body balanced, satisfying meals we feel good and think about food less.
So the next time you feel like enjoying some noodles, check out this awesome recipe for Peanut Soba Noodles & Veggies. Even if your goal is to lose weight, no need to fill up no-cal nonsense. Promise.