There is so much confusion out there on what is good for us or bad for us or healthy vs. not healthy. It can be quite disconcerting! As we learn new facts and improve our studies we find new things to be true and old things to be false. Then getting the word out there to educate the general public can be so tediously slow it is frustrating. I wanted to share my top 5 diet myths that are still holding so many people back.
1 Eggs aren’t good for you or you should only eat the whites. It is a common myth that the cholesterol in eggs affects our cholesterol levels, which just isn’t true. The egg yolk contains so many healthy nutrients that the egg white alone is lacking in. Like vitamin B, vitamin A, iron, selenium, antioxidants and so much more.
2. If it’s gluten-free it’s healthy. While yes for many going gluten free is a must and it certainly can be a healthier way to go. However, if you’re in the grocery store and see gluten-free _______, fill in the blank (cookies, chips, crackers, etc.) it is still processed junk food. Instead, try making your own gluten free snacks/meals. Where you can control the quality of the ingredients and amount of sugars you are adding.
3. Eating low-fat or fat-free is the way to go. One, we have learned that fat is NOT our enemy and has a definite place/need in our diet. Two, low-fat/fat-free foods have to compensate for the lack of flavor by loading up on extra sugars. Which just spike our blood sugar levels, causing us to eat more, which in turn leads to weight gain.
4. Butter is bad for you. Just like the cholesterol in eggs, we have discovered that saturated fat (found in butter) does not lead to heart disease. Butter also contains many important vitamins. A good-quality butter from grass-fed cows is loads better than the butter substitutes found in the grocery stores today. The substitutes are filled with chemicals & artificial colors/flavors. Many foreign ingredients that our bodies don’t know how to properly digest.
5. Fad diets work. While diet trends might work in the short-term I think we all, hopefully, realize they don’t typically create a lasting healthy lifestyle that is sustainable for us and our families.
What to do instead. Focus on real food. Stay away from over-processed foods. Try to focus on things that come from the earth. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, herbs, good quality protein sources (plant-based and animal-based). Also, don’t make eating right hard. Have a plan and make easy, portable, healthy snacks. Don’t forget to be active for a whole body wellness and my advice is to stop dieting and depriving yourself.
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