I struggle with healthy eating nearly as much as I struggle with getting my butt up to exercise.
There are just so many different opinions on the subject it’s quite daunting. Growing up we are taught that the traditional food pyramid is the only way we should eat. Then when you start to gain weight and research the “best diet to follow” you find many other food pyramids, all throwing the others under the bus. Low-carb, low-fat, high protein, vegetarian, vegan, raw, Mediterranean, French, juicing, shakes, blood type, food combining… the list goes on and on. It’s no wonder we’re all fatter than ever, it’s so overwhelming it’s easier to just go to McDonald’s and call it a day.
But in the end, where does that get us? Fat, sick, bloated and shopping for bigger clothes.
I think if we all stepped away from the weight loss aisle and infomercials we’d see the truth, without the help from the latest self-proclaimed health guru.
It’s obvious that prepackaged processed food like chips, cookies, cakes, etc, are bad for us. The obvious choice is to stay away from them. Its well-known that fruits and vegetables and other plant-based foods are healthy options, including rice, beans, legumes, etc. So eat them.
Depending on who you’re talking to, dairy is either good or bad for you. How about you make your own decision based on how you feel and try to make the best choice when eating it. I think yogurt filled with sugar isn’t the best idea, but when you skip the sugar (or cut down on it) and mix it with fresh fruit it can be healthy. I think whole milk and cream tastes like they’d coat your insides the same way that they coat the inside of your mouth, so I choose a lighter option. I think that processed fake cheese seems a lot less healthy and satisfying that the real deal, so choose the real cheese and you’ll be surprised that you actually need less of it.
I’m not an expert in any shape or form. I’m just a woman who is tired of hearing what everyone else thinks is right and wrong. I am tired of hearing about all of the studies that have been done proving that so-and-so diet is good for while so-and-so diet is bad for you – only for them to change their mind in the next study a few months later.
I’m tired of all the BS that comes with health and weight loss. It’s a multimillion dollar industry, they make money by us buying that crap. We’ll only keep buying it if we need it and keep believing all of their lies. We need to take our blinders off and think for ourselves.
Now yes, I do think that are real diseases out there that need to follow certain diets, Celiac’s and Diabetic for example. But for the vast majority of us it’s pretty simple. I can’t help but wonder if some of these food intolerance’s and food allergies (though some are real, I get that) are the cause of the processed crap we put into our mouths? All of those ingredients we can’t even pronounce and would never put in our own food ourselves (on purpose). We spend billions of dollars and overly processed junk every year. And then we wonder why we’re fat and sick.
I am not completely sure what to believe myself but I do know that I’m tired of dieting and I don’t know what to believe. I am going to personally try to limit my processed food intake and opt for the whole, natural foods as much as possible (to me, low carb is “clean eating”) and see where that gets me…
That’s my goal for now, back to the basics… to focus on healthy eating, as well as exercising for 30 minutes each day… As soon as my cold goes away. 😉
Wish me luck.
Till next time…
P.s. I really need to remember this quote from the ever so awesome Jamie Oliver: