In a world full of information on how we should take care of ourselves it can be difficult to decipher which helpful tips are indeed helpful.
The Huffington Post Healthy Living published an article last week titled 8 Things Nutrition Experts Wish You Would Stop Saying About Food and we couldn’t agree with it more! Too often do people pick up on fad diets without doing the proper research. The term “diet” in various contexts is outdated and needs to be done away with. As a good friend of mine says, being healthy is a lifestyle and should be a change for good, not for a predetermined period of time.
Because we love the 8 points that the Huffington Post made about correctly analyzing your nutrition, we are going to outline them here, and throw in our own two cents about how they have helped us improve the nutrition in our own lives.
Monica Reinagel states “the best way to help you body get the toxins out is to put fewer in”. Putting anything and everything into our bodies then expecting to be able to flush them out in one go just isn’t going to work. If you want to feel good, put good-feeling foods in your system.
2. “Good” Foods and “Bad” Foods
We are on this earth to enjoy life, and that includes taking care of our bodies as well as indulging every now and then! With that, get rid of that immense guilt that comes with splurging on a candy bar. Enjoy it! Moderation is key and that does not mean you should be punishing yourself.
“Eating clean” is all the rage now, and while it has validity, where does the term come from? If you want to eat foods that are free of processed ingredients and synthetic additives, that is fantastic! But why not call it “healthy” eating? Why call it anything? Labels can be restrictive and condemning, so find out what works for you rather than choosing something that works for others, but may not be the best for you.
What does low-carb really mean?
Carbohydrates are found in multiple food groups including fruit, vegetables, and dairy products. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot eliminate carbs by eliminating breads and other baked goods. Be smart, do your research, and find out what your body needs.
5. “Gluten Free”
To many, the consequences of consuming gluten are very real and very severe. Most studies have shown that those who do not have an intolerance towards it will not benefit from a strictly gluten free diet. If you are planning on going gluten free, follow our number one rule- do your research! You may be missing out on key nutrients that come with foods that do indeed contain gluten.
6. “Fruit Has Too Much Sugar”
Yes, fruit contains natural sugar. This does not mean, however, that eating a handful of grapes amounts to eating a snickers. Fruit also contains fiber and vitamins that your body is in need of and that you should be consuming in the form of a raw and natural food. Snickers bars on the other hand neither contain nutrients and vitamins, nor are they raw and natural.
7. “Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day”
“All meals are important for different reasons” says Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, and founder of Nourish Snacks. They key is to balance your diet with foods that your body will benefit from and be consistent throughout the day.
8. “Made With Simple Ingredients”
This slogan has been coined by the food industry because they know that the fad of “eating simple” is a big one. Yes, we should be able to pronounce the ingredients in what we are eating. Yes, fewer ingredients can mean better nutrition. However when we look at things like cookies or butter, for example, we need to remember that just because there are fewer ingredients, doesn’t mean that those ingredients are nutritious. Be careful with what you put into your body and consume things that are beneficial.