Diet myths and even some nutrition science keep us confused and looking for the next thing that may work for us.
Here are some diet and food myths perpetuated by the sales and marketing arms of our current food, diet, and exercise industries:
- Never skip breakfast.
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- I have to get a lot of protein in my diet.
- Calories in = Calories out.
- You must be on a diet to lose weight.
- Fats are bad.
- We need to look like models.
- All carbohydrates are bad.
- Eating 3 meals a day and 2 snacks is normal.
- Skipping a meal means you can eat more at the next meal.
- Skipping meals is bad for your metabolism.
- You can eat more if you exercise more.
Think about each of these myths. If you believe in any of them search out how true they really are.
I am currently reading The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz. She is an excellent investigative journalist who spent a decade tracking down why our culture vilifies fat in our diet. The book brings into question six decades of science that support the low-fat diet pushed by our own government.
We don’t need a diet fix based on myths built by marketing or incomplete science.
However, a diet that nourishes your body is a good idea. If you are keeping your body hydrated, rested, moving around, and nourished with food as Mother Nature made it you get rewarded by a body that works well. You are rewarded with good poops, strong joints, a clear mind, energy, and a feeling of wellbeing.
By contrast, a lifestyle absent these nourishing activities, full of sugar, processed foods, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, or too much of anyone thing rewards us with fatigue, a foggy brain, sore joints, bad poops, gastric upset, and an overall feeling of imbalance.
“The iron rule of nature is: you get what you reward for. If you want ants to come, you put sugar on the floor.” (Charles Munger, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway)
If you want a healthy body, put healthy beliefs and habits in your brain!