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Four Reasons To Avoid Fad Diets


Four Reasons To Avoid Fad Diets

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Happy New Year! We love the beginning of the year — cuddling up with hot cocoa, taking long walks, enjoying warm meals with family and friends, having game nights, and movie marathons. One thing that we always skip as the new year starts are fad diets. We hope you choose to skip them this year, too, and here are four reasons why.

1. They don’t work.

You can really stop reading here because research shows, time and time again, that fad diets just don’t work. And many do not encourage sustainable habits, so once you’re “done” with the diet you’ll inevitably feel like you’re back at square one.

2. They make you feel bad about yourself.

So often we hear clients say that they failed on their diet. The opposite is actually true — the diet failed them. Instead of focusing on eating as little as possible, or feeling hungry, or removing food groups, try putting a focus on what you can ADD to your daily food routine to increase feelings of satisfaction. Get the most enjoyment out of your meals and snacks with these healthy yet tasty seafood and canned tuna recipes, and feel energized all day long. Adding is way more fun than taking away.

3. They demonize certain foods while creating health halos around others.

Remember the fat-free craze of the 90s? Fat was “bad” and all those green boxes of fat-free cookies lining the grocery shelves were “good”. Or the low carb trend that swept the country in the mid to late 2000s? Now, you’re likely hearing about the ketogenic diet. There’s always a new diet on the horizon and there’s always a new food group to tout or vilify, and if you pay close attention you’ll see these trends repeat themselves every so often. Instead of diving into a trendy fad diet, try our favorite tool for balancing meals…the plate method. Fill half of each meal with veggies, a quarter with higher fiber carbs, and a quarter with protein (fat gets used in the preparation of these components.)

4. They promote restriction (which can lead to an unsatisfying relationship with food).

When you’re told a list of foods is off limits, it becomes difficult not to think about those foods. Many fad diets cut out entire food groups, and this can make you feel deprived and focused on those same foods. It can also make social situations more difficult and less enjoyable. And, it can turn your relationship with food into one that is very unsatisfying and feels almost like a punishment. Nothing about that sounds sustainable or healthy, right? We encourage focusing on what you can add to your daily food choices in order to support and reflect self-love and a sense that you deserve to feel good.

Bonus Tip: Follow along with our weekly #BeeSquadGoals to stay on track with your health and wellness resolutions this New Year.

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A note from our CEO about COVID-19x
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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods