"Eat Right"?? Dispelling Common Mistakes

What is WRONG with this picture??

What is WRONG with this picture??

There is something wrong with this picture... Yes!! This picture => 

I read magazines and every once in awhile I see them promoting certain foods that are NOT good for you. I have a particular issue with this magazine because it is a ‘fitness and health’ magazine. I would think their staff would be better informed...but who knows what they were thinking when they approved this info-graphic. The other thing I have an issue with is that just by quick glance there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with this information. But there is.

I’ll explain where I am coming from when I say this. I am a Certified Health Coach who has personally experienced what many of my clients have experienced - they think they are healthy and on the surface they are! BUT!! They still are not achieving the results they want and should be achieving!! Which is where I come in. I help them get to the bottom of what is going on with their bodies and many of the times the choices they are making, which they think are “healthy” because of the (mis)information they’ve received, in reality are doing more harm than good.

Let’s go in!

Canola Oil - NOT A GOOD OIL TO CONSUME!! “Vegetable-based oils”? Not the thing to recommend. These oils are highly processed and in most cases come from genetically modified seeds. Ever heard of a Canola plant?? No, right. Because there is no plant called ‘canola’, from whose seeds the oil would be made. Canola (Rapeseed), Corn and Soybean oils are highly inflammatory and have been associated with inflammatory health problems including heart disease and cancer. Precisely the diseases you are looking to avoid!

=>DON’T USE CANOLA OIL!! GO FOR COCONUT OIL or GHEE for cooking purposes

What it SHOULD look like

What it SHOULD look like

Whole Grains - Why are they specifying “whole grains” and misleading you to think that white bread is a whole grain?? White bread and ‘whole wheat’ bread are NOT whole grains! I will give them some credit for having ‘rye, barley and oats’ specified but it is in small print and images speak louder than fine print.

=>WHITE and ‘WHOLE WHEAT’ BREAD ARE NOT A WHOLE GRAINS! GO FOR SPELT, EZEKIEL, MANNA (Barley, Quinoa, Oats are good too) Look for minimally processed breads!

Fruits - they say to eat ‘at least 1 whole fruit’ and ‘1 ½ cups of berries’ but you really should be eating 2-3 fruits a day. Apples and pears are great options but you need to be aware that apples are one of the fruits with the heaviest pesticide residues.

=>GO ORGANIC for the FRUITS you will EAT WHOLE like BERRIES, Blueberries or Strawberries, and APPLES and PEARS

Vegetables - they are encouraging you to eat ‘1 ½ cups of a variety of vegetables a day’ but unfortunately their suggestion falls significantly short of what we all should be eating a day. Considering the day to day stresses and how unbalanced our lives are...our bodies need ample vegetables to help keep it functioning optimally and vegetables give us energy!! Who doesn’t need energy?? (They also encourage weight loss ;))

=>GO for 2 cups of Vegetables per meal (ORGANIC, if they are on the “Dirty Dozen” list) with your Lunch AND Dinner 

Fish - a great suggestion which should’ve been better executed. “3 or more servings a week” is a good suggestion. But, farmed (conventional) salmon is a highly polluted fish, as are most farmed fish. If you are choosing a farmed fish you want to choose sustainably farmed fish. You are choosing fish for their health benefits, when they are traditionally farmed they are pumped with antibiotics and chemicals (which is not what you want in your body).

=>GO WILD, whenever possible! IF NOT, choose SUSTAINABLY FARMED FISH

=>NEVER eat ‘Low-fat’ Dairy - anything ‘low fat’ or ‘non-fat’ (etc) is a Highly Processed ‘Food’

I know it’s a lot of information I just gave you but there’s so much more I didn’t even touch upon!! The things I want to leave you with, for your continued, improved health and well-being are the arrows above and to always do your research. Don’t read something in a magazine and take it as gospel. (or even this post - feel free to ask me questions!!) Choose your sources for the information that will go into making every cell in your body very, VERY, carefully.

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The Truth about "Healthy" Foods

I know too many people that think they eat healthy when in fact, they are eating foods that are harming their bodies. After 1 conversation with them about what they are eating it becomes clear that they really aren’t eating as healthy as they think are. This is terrible because they truly have the best intentions for their health and wellbeing. They are just being led astray. The truth is that there are supposedly ‘healthy’ foods out there that are compromising their ability to lose and maintain a healthy weight and may be putting them at risk for chronic illnesses down the road. There are quite a few of these foods so I am going to start with 5 of the foods that are making it hard for you to lose or maintain a healthy weight, zapping your energy and creating hormonal and other imbalances.

Common Foods that Slow Metabolism

Common Foods that Slow Metabolism

  1. Agave Nectar - this one isn’t a surprise to me but it is a surprise to many of the healthy eaters out there. Sugar is definitely a no-no but it turns out that agave nectar is too! It is low on the glycemic index BUT agave contains high levels of fructose which contributes to insulin resistance and additionally interferes with your body’s ability to signal when it’s satisfied - so you end up eating more - and makes your body store fat!  Instead of agave nectar, choose stevia or monk fruit sweetener, also known as lo-han fruit by the Chinese.

  2. Canola Oil - this oil has been hailed as the “safe” and “healthy” option when it comes to oils but that is far from the truth. It is a highly refined oil that when heated becomes toxic. It turns into an extremely unhealthy trans-fat. Choose to cook with pasture-fed, organic butter or coconut oil instead and olive oil for your salads.

  3. Whole Grains - this is a misnomer and is extremely misleading because there are actually no whole grains in the food you eat. Any grain that is turned into bread or pasta or cereal, etc has to be processed in order for it to be turned into those foods and therefore is not a ‘whole’ grain. The starch in these foods turn into sugar in your body, very quickly, leading to insulin spikes and causing your body to store fat! Choose to use grains like gluten-free oat groats or steel cut oats or brown rice or quinoa to make a porridge. Or you can make use a high quality vegetable protein to make a shake with berries and almond butter.

  4. Corn - surprised? There are 3 reasons you should avoid corn. First, 85% of corn is genetically modified and is toxic to human beings and animals. It triggers immune responses. Reason 2 - most corn that is consumed is highly processed and has been stripped of most of its vitamins and minerals. And finally, it is very high on the glycemic index - causing unhealthy spikes in your blood sugar which causes your body to store fat. The occasional bit of organic corn on the cob is ok but other than that stay away from corn in other forms.

  5. Soy Milk and Soy-based Meat Substitutes - unfermented soy products have phytoestrogens which mimic estrogen in the body creating hormonal imbalances. Most soy products are made using a highly toxic chemical, hexane, which has been linked to reproductive problems, birth defects and cancer. Go for almond milk, hemp milk, rice or coconut milk and choose a high quality vegetable protein.  

Just starting with these simple changes can have an impact on your energy levels, mood, health and wellbeing. I encourage you to implement these minor tweaks and see how your body responds! Your body is a truly magnificent and smart instrument - treat it right and nourish it well.

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