I believe in real, whole foods. I believe in eating fat. I believe in eating fruit. Hopefully you know that about me!

That said, I think there are some real, whole foods that we can easily overeat and can stall our weight loss efforts.

There are 4 foods in particular that I believe we need to eat in moderation. How do I know? Pretty sure I’ve over-eaten them all:)  I’m not saying don’t eat these foods! They all make a daily appearance in my diet. When you search the recipes on my website, you’ll see all of these foods well-represented. But let’s watch portions (and watch the scale go down!).

1. Nuts and Nut Butters Ugh, I so wish this wasn’t the case. I love almonds, cashews, pistachios, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc. But, these are calorically-dense foods. When I say a great snack is raw almonds, I’m talking one serving.. one small handful or about ¼ cup. I’m not talking half a bag (shoot!). Have some nuts or seeds for a snack, sprinkle some on your salad, spread 2 tablespoons of almond butter on your apple. But don’t overdo it.

2. Avocado My beloved avocado! A daily staple that I buy in bulk from Costco. In a salad, in a healthy chocolate pudding, as avocado toast, as a guacamole dip, straight up plain with a sprinkle of sea salt. You cannot go wrong with the good ole avocado. Well, except when you eat too much. ½ of a large avocado per day is probably good for most of us. Leave the pit in the second half and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. It keeps fine overnight in the fridge.

3. Whole grains I’m talking brown rice, quinoa, oats, buckwheat, all of them. Better than bread? For sure. But you can easily overeat them. Dr. Mark Hyman (one of my faves!) recommends serving sizes of 1/3- 1/2 cup. 1/3 cup? Yeah, it’s pretty little. Fill up on your veggies and use your whole grains sparingly.

4. Medjool Dates Love these little bundles of sweetness. But here’s the caveat. They are also bundles of natural, concentrated sugar just like all dried fruit. You will find tons of healthy dessert and snack recipes on my website using medjool dates, but please understand, I’m talking small portions of these. I’m not downing a few Larabars per day. Too much sugar will absolutely stall weight loss (and cause weight gain) so make sure to enjoy healthy treats in moderation.

Are you overeating any of these foods? Or do you have concerns about other staples in your diet? Let me know in the comments below!

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