Top 10 Food Myths: Part 2

Do you think the food pyramid is the nutrition Bible? Think again! We here at Road to Vitality are busting some of the BIGGEST food myths of all time. Debunking information that many health-concious consumers have believed to be FACT for years, maybe even most our lives.hg-julie-small_719fe46c6712c71ac4ade2b458337b2b

Julie Daniluk – nutritionist, bestselling author and TV host – unearths some of the largest culinary calamities ever.

Finally, figure out why foods you thought were healthy are still causing you to gain weight and why your lethargy may have more to do with your diet than with aging.

For those of you just joining us, this is a two-part mini-series so please, feel free to catch up by reading the previous post below. It covers myths 1-5.

Myth #6: Artificial Sweeteners Help You Lose Weight
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Your brain is a lot like the engine of a Porsche, give it the wrong type of fuel and it just won’t work well. This is why aspartame, saccharine and other artificial sweeteners are so bad for your body. It gives your brain a false signal of fullness but your body burns through it’s calories leading to a spike in hunger throughout the day.

“Artificial sweeteners actually cause more cravings leading to a higher calorie consumption than natural sweeteners like Stevia and honey,” says Daniluk.

Myth #7: Low Carb Diets Work

Daniluk says low-carb initiatives may work in the moment but  cause yo-yo dieting in the long run. Why? Because once you get back into your regular food routine you’ll put those pounds right back on. She suggests eating all- natural, high fibre carbohydrates such as fruits (berries, apples, pears) and vegetables (sweet potato, squash). There is mounting evidence that part of the effect of the low carb success is avoidance of gluten grains such as wheat, spelt, kamut, rye and barely. Daniluk recommends avoiding gluten as 1 in 10 people are intolerant and may find weight loss success.

Myth #8: It is Expensive to Eat Healthy Food
IMG_0065A stroll through the produce section of your supermarket will prove this to be fiction. At the local No Frills grocery store I found a pound of peaches for $1.75 an entire watermelon for only $2.49 and 200 grams of snow peas for only $97. Buy it fresh, eat it fast (before it goes bad) and you’ll be sure to save more cash.

“Eating seven veggies and three fruits a day is actually cheap,” says Daniluk. “What is really more expensive is getting sick. If you avoid frozen and convenience foods and shop in the bulk department, your sure to save lots of money.

Myth #9: Banish Cellulite By Eating Grapefruit
No need to explain this. It’s just plain wrong. Daniluk suggests getting regular lymphatic massages if you want to get rid of or reduce the appearance of cellulite. Otherwise, just embrace it like the rest of us.

Myth #10: Fat Makes You Fat
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“Certain fats help you lose weight dramatically,” says Daniluk. “Omega 3 helps you burn fat faster and prevent fat storage. You can fight inflammation with 3000 mg a day of fish oil. Make sure to stick to sustainable fish like Sardines, Anchovy and Mackerel.”

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Top 10 Food Myths part 1: Some of the Biggest Lies of All Time

Wellness is a billion dollar industry in the Western world, supplying the masses with a means to feel and look younger than our counterparts of earlier decades. It gives us hope of a better tomorrow by making the proper changes today. But the road on our pilgrimage to the fountain of youth is one blocked with barricades in the form of false information.

Food and fitness myths have saturated this market so much that many newbies aren’t sure what to accept as fact. Many of these lies have been dispersed through press releases by companies who find it in their best interest to serve you their sub par snacks. Other falsities are found out through trial and error.

hg-julie-small_719fe46c6712c71ac4ade2b458337b2bJulie Daniluk – nutritionist, bestselling author and TV host – weighs in on some of the biggest food myths of all time. Grab your swords of truth and join us as she diminishes dietary deceit.

This is a two-part mini-series. So keep your eyes peeled for part two on Monday.

Myth #1: Only Eat When You are Hungry
IMG_0063“By that time you are already experiencing low blood sugar,” says Daniluk “And your brain refuses to work without sugar. This is when you’ll notice that you start to get cravings for things like chocolate bars and gummy bears.”

Tip: Daniluk stresses the importance of maintaining blood sugar and says the best way to do this is to always use natural sugars such as fruits and honey with a protein and/or fat (e.g. raw nuts) and seed. (e.g. hemp hearts, sunflower butter) She recommends always having on hand a portable healthy snacks such as a raw nut and seed bar.

Myth #2: ALL Carbs are Evil:

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“There seems to be a trend in the wellness industry to demonize certain food groups,” she explains. “If you are on a diet and want to drop a few pounds fast, avoid grains but don’t avoid all carbs all together.”

Carbohydrates come from a couple of sources, one of them being vegetables and fruits both are a very important part of a balanced diet. She says pseudograins such as quinoa and amaranth are also great alternatives that can be used in place of  grains. Both of these seeds are high in protein and provide essential nutrients and antioxidants. Because they take longer to digest they keep you full longer and burn more calories during the digestion process than refined sugars and simple carbs.

Myth #3: Grains are Good for Everyone

Daniluk explains that some people have “Wheat Belly” and have a hard time digesting grains. If Cheerios makes your stomach churn she suggests you opt for a gluten-free diet.

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Myth #4: A High-Protein Paleo Diet

Daniluk’s motto is “7 billion diets for 7 billion people.” There is no cookie cutter food plan because all of our bodies are somewhat unique. Therefore, our diets should reflect our individual needs. But for those of you on the Paleo Diet, Daniluk suggests authenticity. Keep in mind their lifestyle as hunters and gatherers and realize that they would have had a much easier time picking an apple off of a tree than hunting for game. With that in mind try to eat mostly plant-based foods and small quantities of meat.

“The amount of meat that some paleo dieters eat is not realistic or healthy,” says Daniluk. “And when eating meat it is best to use grass-fed meats like Bison.”

Myth #5: Everything In Moderation

If it doesn’t come from Mother Nature, Daniluk says keep it away from your lips. She says, many weight loss initiatives will offer you low-calorie snacks with artificial flavours, refined oils and sweeteners that spike your insulin and cause low blood sugar.

“Everything natural in moderation,” Daniluk says. “Everything artificial comes at a sacrifice to the human body.”

Be sure to check back on Monday for part two.

Mid-Day Snack

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The great wellness wizard Dr. Oz says that most people need a sweet pick me up around 2pm everyday. A lot of people grab a coffee around this time but Oz suggests snacking on some natural sugar.

There is absolutely nothing healthier than organic, raw honey. Raw honey is unfiltered so all the vitamins and minerals remain within it and its twice as sweet as refined sugar or cane sugar. I pick up the one pictured at a local farmers market every Thursday. The beekeeper has a variety of flavors to chose from and even uses different types of pollen for different hives to create honey with differing health benefits.

I enjoy a heaping teaspoon of some of this delicious delight daily as a part of my afternoon sweet treat and while I like the flavor, I love the healthy energy boost that goes along with it.

Tip: slowly lick the honey off your spoon and you’ve got an all-natural homemade lollipop.

Eat Organic and Save Your Life!!!

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A common misconception is that eating healthy is expensive. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Prepackaged foods may look cheaper initially but once you factor in the quantity of food that needs to be ingested to feel full verses the price per a pound, veggies win every time.

Since humans are originally hunter/gatherers our bodies have adapted to a lifestyle of feast and famine. That means that our body stores up fat during the times when we feast so that we can survive any possible famines, which happened very often during the Palaeolithic age. This is why we always crave the fats and sugars that are available in prepackaged foods.

While good fats, the kinds your body actually craves, (Omega 3, 6 and 9 monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in Olive Oil and Avocados) help the body better function and maintain healthy organs, these aren’t the kinds used in prepackaged foods. The bad fats that are used aren’t as filling and require consumption of a larger amount to reach satiety.

Vegetables and fruits are filled with antioxidants, phytonutrients, nutraceutical, vitamins and minerals things that nourish your body and make it work more efficiently. But they are also an excellent source of  fibre, keeping you fuller longer.  Also the fibrous composition of many veggies and fruits help burn lots of calories just during the digestion process. (negative calorie foods anyone?)

Factor in the potential health problems associated with eating processed fats and refined sugars, the endless prescriptions and uncomfortable lifestyle adjustments (wheelchairs, pacemaker) and you’ll realize that it is always cheaper to eat healthy. Organic foods are best because they won’t poison your body with unnecessary chemicals. The price difference is minimal but the effects are lasting. Unlike buying cheap clothes, buying cheap food isn’t a smart or necessary financial decision, its a method of gambling with your life.

So stop falling for the marketing hype and eat foods that heal you from the inside out. You’ll notice an increase in vitality in less than a week.

Three Step Detox

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I’m starting my day with 2 tbsps of Flor Essence herbal tea blend mixed into a cup of hot water, taken 30 minutes before eating. (2 times a day) It’s got a slight delightful bitterness and goes down easily.

Next up, the Pro Essence (Urinary Tract Antiseptic) capsule 15 after that. Be sure to drink lots of water with this capsule as it is designed to cleanse your entire urinary system including your kidneys, bladder and ureter tubes. Lots of peeing required. (also take twice a day)

Lastly is the Florlax II colon cleansing powder. Take this three times a day in about a cup of water or juice (freshly squeezed) before meals. Be prepared to spend lots of quality time with your porcelain throne. I know I am! Sexy I know.