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:

IMG_0064

“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.

http://www.wheatbellyblog.com
http://www.glutenfreediet.ca

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.

Lose Five Pounds in One Week: 3 tips for detoxing

As many of you know I did a three-week detox. This short video is a fun way to share my experiences with you in the form of three very helpful tips. Things I wish I was better prepared for going in.

I did however lose five pounds the first week. While that wasn’t really the goal it might be for some of my readers.

————————

My microphone broke in the middle of shooting. I apologize about the volume issues. Replacing the little bugger tomorrow.

New Year Detox Challenge

IMG_0057

 

I love holiday treats but I vow not to become a shadow of my former self in 2013. JOIN ME!!!

——————————————————————————————————–

The hustle and bustle of the holidays has turned my fitness routine into Mission Impossible: Flabby Glutes edition. I’ve been reaching for some of the food items on my Naughty list more often because I haven’t had the time to plan out my healthy snacks for the week. But why bother getting down about it. Instead I choose to enjoy the end of the year feasting on all my favourite delights. But only under one condition, I have to start the new year off with an intense detox.

If you’re accustomed to eating well and working out regularly the end of the year is the perfect time to reward yourself. Enjoy it! You’ve earned it. Once the New Year count down is done, your intake of fructose corn syrup and red dye #14 expires. Get back to eating real food again.

Come January 7th I’m going to get back on track. A 30-day detox is the perfect way to do that.

Why?:

1. Because it cleanses your entire body of all the toxins you’ve filled it up with over the year.

2. It helps you drop a few pounds quickly.

3. It is the perfect way to start your New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

4. Gives you healthy, glowing skin and soft shiny hair.

5. Increased energy and metabolism.

6. Improves your mood and libido.

7. ETC ETC

How?CleanseSMART

http://www.renewlife.com/cleansesmart.html

“CleanseSMART is an easy to use, 30-day cleansing program. CleanseSMART works to eliminate toxins, pollutants, and free radicals from the body by stimulating the body’s 7 channels of elimination, particularly the liver and the colon.”

“Take 2 capsules of CleanseSMART I in the morning on an empty stomach (30 minutes before eating) and 2 capsules of CleanseSMART II in the evening on an empty stomach (3 hours after eating).”

For my diet I will stick to the list of foods suggested by the Clean Program. You can get the list from this link: http://www.cleanprogram.com/support. Scroll to the bottom of the web page and you will have access to the PDF of their food list, delicious recipes and other great resources. They even have support team you can contact to help you stay on track.

JOIN ME: I will start a weekly video journal to document my progress on the cleanse. You’ll get full access to my personal experiences while trying to detoxify and reset my body. WARNING: It May Get Ugly. Nevertheless, I’d like you all to watch and feel free to share your experiences too.

2013 IS OUR YEAR!!! Let’s start it right.