- Eating fat will make you fat:
Fat may have more calories (which I don’t recommend counting) than carbs and protein, but fat does provide you with a feeling of fullness and helps your body absorb mutrients like Vit A, D, E and K. Ideal fats come from plants – like nuts, seeds, nut butters with just a couple of ingredients, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and avocados. Quality over quantity all the way! Dietary fats are essential for growth development, as well as cell function, but cannot be made by our body’s processes. Fat in general helps your skin to be healthy, and are part of myelin- a fatty material which wraps around our nerve cells so that they can send electrical messages, ie: help keep us de-stressed. Our brains contain large amounts of essential fat; in fact all our body cells need to contain some fat as an essential part of our cell membranes, controlling what goes in and out of our cells. Thank nutrients in, as well as waste leaving. Pretty important, right?It’s not always about food, but quite often, that’s where we begin…
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2. Eggs are bad for you:
Egg yolks contain dietary cholesterol; this much is true. But research has proven that dietary cholesterol has almost nothing to do with serum cholesterol, the stuff in your blood. “Wake Forest University researchers reviewed more than 30 egg studies and found no link between egg consumption and heart disease, and a study in Saint Louis found that eating eggs for breakfast could decrease your calorie intake for the remainder of the day.” Results from this article. It’s super important to eat your eggs whole, as in both the egg white and yolk, this way your body knows exactly what to do with the components. Same is true for most foods. That’s the magic of how your body works, and how it knows exactly what to do with all the nutrients you consume throughout the day. Whole-foods are best!
3. Milk is good for you:
Non-organic milk can contain harmful, synthetic contaminants like antibiotics, growth hormones and pesticides, and the cow’s feed may be genetically modified. Studies show that countries with the highest milk consumption also have the highest osteoporosis rates. Countries with low rates of milk consumption have low rates of osteoporosis. Some say that better options for strong bones include dark leafy greens, bone broths, sea vegetables, and other whole foods, plus exercise and Vitamin D. Raw dairy in the form of cheese from grass-fed cows contains naturally-occurring vitamin D3 – the form of vitamin D that is better utilized by the body. Be careful though, dairy in general is in the top 3 for highly inflammatory foods. Vitamin D precursors are formed in the skin in the presence of sunlight, converted into the active form of vitamin D in the kidneys and carried by the blood to the rest of the body. It is also produced by immune system cells as part of the body’s defenses against disease. As long as it’s not 80-100 degrees out, and you are not on a very hot destination vacation, I encourage you to go without sunscreen for 10-15 minutes per day to get the much needed sunlight your body craves from a natural source.
4. Diet Soda achieves a slimmer you:
I recommend eating a whole-food based diet, omitting inflammatory foods (for you) to maintain a healthy physique. But some folks rely on things like diet soda to help with slimming. “The obesity-research community is becoming increasingly aware that the artificial sweeteners used in diet soda—aspartame and sucralose, for instance—lead to hard-to-control food urges later in the day, actually increasing your weight circumference. A study in Sweden discovered that men who drank two or more servings per day were at a higher risk of heart failure. The high sodium content has also led to a decline in kidney function, found in yet another study. A higher risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes is also on your horizon if you partake on a regular basis. Scary as it is, aspartame is on an EPA list of potentially dangerous chemicals contributing to neuro-toxicity, right beneath arsenic. The American Academy of Neurology has discovered that artificially sweetened drinks are connected to a higher risk of depression – at least 30% as much.” Those lovely results are found in this article. What’s my take-away? Why would I risk it? Enjoy sparkling water or filtered water with lemon instead. It takes time, but you do get used to it. I started with a mineral water first, Evian, to acquire a taste for plain water, and it worked.
5. Fruit has too much sugar:
Eating organic whole fruit is the best choice. Individuals with diabetes do have to be careful as to the Glycemic Index of the chosen fruit. Three to four daily servings of fresh, seasonal, or frozen fruit (organic whenever possible) is certainly ideal, if no health issues to worry about. Whole fruit contains many healthful nutrients and antioxidants, providing the fiber needed to slow the absorption process of the fructose within. “Fiber provides ‘its greatest benefit when the cell walls that contain it remain intact’. Sugars are effectively sequestered in the fruits cells, and it takes time for the digestive tract to break down those cells. The sugars therefore enter the bloodstream slowly, giving the liver more time to metabolize them. Four apples may contain the same amount of sugar as 24 ounces of soda, but the slow rate of absorption minimizes any surge in blood sugar.” Results from this article. In any event, stay away from a high consumption of fruit juices without the added fiber. Not to be confused with a juicing detox diet, ask me about that separately.
Wherever your path leads you, enjoy 2017
If you’ve read this far, and you’d like to know the benefits I’m enjoying from my new eating regime, I’ll give you some clues:
- increased energy and stamina
- stomach is no longer bloated
- no body fatigue
- eyes are clearer, literally seeing better
- minor anger issues/intolerance 100% better
Clean eating is a concept of eating foods that are whole and mostly unprocessed, with the presumption that better health will follow. I’m thoroughly enjoying the benefits. Maybe you’ll give it a try sometime too!