The 5 Massive Food Myths That Simply Aren’t True ANYMORE

Adele Stickland Adele Stickland

Which old-fashioned, out of date food myths are you still holding onto?

  • Whether you are terrified of eating cheese because of its fat content or because you know that diary blocks your nose … or worse!
  • Maybe you feel red meat is the devil and is causing cancer?
  • Perhaps your concerns are that the animals you love and adore are being mistreated?

These concerns may indeed be well founded, but the fear that surrounds them is not. Fear marketing is not helpful to anyone and leaves everyone confused, worried and scared of making any changes

I have worked in the Health industry for 25 years and I have watched so many ‘trends’. The current nutritional trend is going two ways – vegan and Paleo. Both require a new thinking in the way we eat but interesting both are moving away from the “Health Heart Diet” which we have stood by for 40 years which is the Mediterranean diet with olive oil, fish and tomatoes in their thousands! As well as pasta and bread.

Whether you are looking towards the Paleo route or the Vegan route is of interest there is one big thing to note.  The world of nutrition is having a huge shift in it’s thinking. This shift has been known since post-war 1950s

The point is we as a nation are more educated and understand more, and yet we are hanging on to old science. A food science hangover.

What is very interesting is that the world is undergoing a dietary overhaul. Nutritionists who have meticulously investigating and overturned previous assumptions are putting forward new ideas to our health. HOWEVER, the industry has been ‘fear marketing’ for the last 40 years and making some of those old beliefs are hard to change.

In fact, the new messages are getting crowded out as mythical and another ‘scare story’ because of the way we have been presented with food scare stories. We have been fed food fear marketing for the last 40 years and because of that, we are scared to move on.

Are you a victim of Food fear marketing?

MYTH 1

If you eat high-fat food you will die of a heart attack.

Research has overturned this false fallacy BUT the industry and their dedication to their own low-fat products are making it a slow change. There is a huge, massive industry based on low-fat food.  Low fat as you probably know means high sugar and highly processed food.

Eat normal food, do not buy any low-fat products EVER AGAIN, please 🙂

 

MYTH 2

Too much protein especially red meat is not healthy.

Protein has been known to be the building block of life. Essentially protein needs to be consumed EVERY DAY to keep your cells reproducing, to keep your body functioning to keep you moving.

AND YET fear marketing has told us that a healthy heart diet should consist of less protein and more man-made grains – bread, pasta, carbs. This message has become confused and complicated.

Vegans and Paleo alike should be eating protein –whether that is vegetable protein or meat.

 

Don’t miss my blog : How to add more vegetarian protein to your Healthy Diet

 

MYTH 3

A balanced diet is considered to be some arguable division of carbs, proteins and a slither of fats.

Dieticians have never agreed on what the division of carbs, protein and fats should be. The guidelines are always changing and the argument is meaningless

The greater truth is that carbs are veg so if you are looking for balanced meals add more veg to increase your carb content, not pasta.

Don’t use ‘carbs’ in the traditional sense ie bread, pasta, (man-made processed foods – sorry did I already make that point) use veg and then balance you veg out with protein and fats.

Carbs are required to push the protein into your muscles on a cellular level. You do need carbs but not the……..you know what I am going to say 😉

A recent report equated a 10%  increase in processed carbs meant a 12% increase in your cancer risk. The Guardian reported:

“Research found that a 10% increase in the amount of ultra-processed foods in the diet was linked to a 12% increase in cancers of some kind…..these results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades,” says the paper in the British Medical Journal.”

MYTH 4

It’s your fault you can’t control your eating. You should shut the bloody fridge and get on with something useful.

THIS IS SUCH AN HELPFUL APPROACH and nasty to boot!

Women have had this screaming around their head for decades. It is not your fault, you are not weak or lack character. This bullying approach doesn’t help with your gorgeous mindset, keeping things happy and positive.

You have simply been guided to eat the sort of food that makes you hungry again in ten minutes time. Guess what it is – yes you got it man-made processed carbs – bread, pasta

Common sense? a simple approach to nutrition? I think so!

MYTH 5

Count your calories and don’t eat too much.

Calorie counting is OLD SKOOL

Calorie counting and measuring your food is not required. It is a nutritionist making a job for themselves. Okay, that is a bit harsh, but my word can counting calories you tie yourself in knots.

Try breaking down how many milligrams of this and that. Who has time, certainly not a working mum who wants to stay sane!

The simple truth is that if you eat a good amount of protein – a palm serving with some fats you will be fuller for longer. Yes, protein and fats carry more calories but you eat less. Processed carbs mean you eat more, and more, and more. Your insulin levels peak and trough all day, you respond by eating.

Nutrition isn’t complicated; there are simple principles you can follow that will work for everyone. The answer to your health and weight issues is to establish simple nutritional principles

THEN once these lifelong habits are embedded then you can tweak to suit your personal requirements.

After you have established great nutritional principles then you can work on your personal requirements, which may change daily.

For instance, your diet will be affected:

  • by your posture,
  • your tiredness levels,
  • your anxiety levels
  • your exercise that day

It is common sense really if you have been slouched over the desk all day and you have forgotten to eat or drink for a long period of time. You are going to BINGE. It doesn’t take a scientist to work that out. Your bad posture will be screaming at you and you will need instant gratification. It happens.

When you are tired and that usually comes with stress your immediate response is ‘sod it’ your inner teenager jumps into gear and finds an instant solution. It is referred to as the ‘chimp response’ of immediate gratification.

Some mindset coaches, dieticians or diet groups feed off your anxiety.

“It’s an extraordinary time in medicine, because those people who have provided health in the past, mainly doctors, are not going to be the people who create health in the future. Those are going to be health coaches.” – Mark Hyman, MD 

Be strong, be gorgeous and know your own mind.

If you would like to find a clearer path, a healthy nutritional plan and a focused goal then feel free to apply for some time with me click here and apply for your personal session now.

You and I can talk through your health blocks, understand what is pulling you away from your health goals. By the end of the call, you’ll know exactly what you need to do get your health goals in place. Once you are clear on that, we can discuss ways that I can help you to get your plan your health strategy in easy steps.

We may decide to work together to help you reach your health goals successfully – and if so great – if not then that’s okay too. You’ll still have a clear plan to move your life forward.

So click here and apply for your session now.

I am looking forward to speaking with you.

 

Find out what other gorgeous girls have to say…

Rachel has a busy professional career as a University Lecturer and in her words needed to look after herself in a way that could be “naturally absorbed in to her day to day life”, she had noticed that she was getting a lot of colds, feeling lethargic and she knew she wasn’t putting the right nutrition in her body.  Rachel was great at picking up a quick snack that kept her going in her busy life but was offering no nutrition and she knew the snack was not making her healthy.

With a demanding role and busy home life, Rachel’s health was NOT a priority but she realised it was something she had to address.

Rachel is a busy gorgeous girl, a hardworking bunny who lives life at a “100 miles an hour”. She fits a lot into her day and she was looking for some help with her health that could be “easily absorbed into her day”

I adore working with Rachel, she knows her mind and in her words I’m the sort of person if you tell me I can’t have something then I want it all the more” I know exactly what she means, so it is my job not to provoke her inner teenager, to work with Rachel so she feels empowered and energetic and able to live her life the way she wants to. Which to be frank ladies is an absolute essential. I want your health to be second nature, I want your mind chatter and self-deprecation to go away so you can get on and enjoy what is important to you, cos that is what life is all about!

Previously Rachel had felt that she had been able to just cut back on a few calories and lose weight but her body was constantly starving.

Rachel Hayward University Lecturer 10th July 2018

 

 

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