|September 27, 2012||Posted by carmen under Nutrition, Real Food|
When it come to healthy living, pitfalls are unfortunately way too common. How often have you heard of one study showing that eating “X” food is good for you, and then not too long after another study shows up in the media showing that that very same food is bad for you. I hear the frustration all the time. In fact, aside from the myth that eating healthy is “too expensive,” the problem of not knowing who to believe about health ranks up there as a top obstacle for people who want to get healthier.
So, who SHOULD you believe? Should we be eating low-fat? low-carb? low-sugar? heavy on the whole grains? grain free? vegetarian? pescatarian? carnivore? omnivore? blahblahblahblahblahblah????
Ugh! Yes, it is frustrating. Even more frustrating is when a person sincerely wants to improve their health and changes their eating habits for what they think is a better diet, only to suffer ill health consequences from the new “healthy” diet down the road. How many people do you know eating/drinking toxic artificial sweeteners because they know that too much sugar is bad? In efforts to do something better for themselves, they have been duped into believing that something even worse than sugar is what they should be using. Or what about that new vegetarian who has heard that meat is bad and turns to soy as a healthier alternative instead. I was that girl and have the half dead thyroid to show for it. =-(
So, what’s the answer? How can we avoid pitfalls when it comes to eating healthy? After many years of falling into pitfalls myself, I have come to realize that healthy eating is really easy. We mumble and jumble it up with our craziness.
If you can eat it the way it was created, you’re on the right track.
Eggs are made with a yolk and a white. Buying a box of “egg whites” is NOT healthy (besides the fact that many of those boxed products have chemical additives). Concerned about cholesterol? Get enlightened on the false information you have been fed in the name of big agribusiness.
Meat from healthy animals fed their natural diet is what people have been eating since the beginning of time….this is good. We have only been eating animals forced to live in their own excrement and eat things they would never eat in nature for less than 100 years….this is bad.
Milk in all it’s fresh, whole, unadulterated goodness really is good for you. Don’t be fooled into thinking “low-fat” is better. Remember, up until the low fat craze of the last few decades, cream was prized and the skim milk was thrown to the pigs! We now have more obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and just about every other chronic health disease that a “low fat” diet is supposed to help than ever in history….when are we going to wake up to realize that low fat is just not the answer?
Vegetables and fruits grown in the fresh air and sunshine are good, of course. Moms and dads, fruit juices, fruit gummies, fruit and veggie leathers….these don’t take the place of the real thing despite what the clever packaging says.
White flour used to be for the rich. The majority of people only had access to whole grain flours. It is interesting that in past centuries, the rich people were the ones who suffered from more ill health. They had access to the “finer” foods like white flour and white sugar. The rest of the population ate simple whole foods they had access too, and were more robust in health too.
Joel Salatin is one of my favorite people. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him yet, but I have greatly enjoyed reading his books and listening to his lectures. His matter-of-fact, common sense approach to pointing out what is wrong with the food industry and providing practical answers totally speaks to me. So, in my best Joel Salatin impersonation I leave with this: Come on people. Let’s wake up and realize that all this new-fangled “nutrition” just doesn’t work. If it’s been lab-made, chemically preserved or colored, adulterated, extracted, homogenized, pasteurized, genetically modified you might want to reconsider putting it into your mouth.
Ask yourself, “how long have we as a society been eating this?” “How close to it’s natural state is this?” “Could I bring this from farm to plate myself if I had the resources?” Your answers to these questions will be your guide on avoiding all those healthy eating pitfalls.
What pitfalls have you fallen into in your journey to healthier living?