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

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

“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.”


Learn more about healthy cuisine that eliminates pain with Julie’s book Meals That Heal Inflammation 

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Mid-Day Snack


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.

The Day Before D-Day


I’m psyched and nervous that tomorrow is the first day of an intense detox. (Please note disclaimer) So excited that I spent the entire last week preparing by interviewing top dieticians in the industry (articles to come) and watching wellness documentaries. One important thing I learned was that most diets/detoxes fail because of how dieters perceive them. They look at a donut and think “I can’t have that because I’m on a diet, while successful dieters think “I can have that, BUT I DON’T WANT IT.” That totally blew my mind and yet it makes perfect sense. That is going to be my mantra.

Spending the last few weeks enjoying mounds of my holiday favourites has been a blast for my taste buds but those foods have taken a toll on my body. It’s amazing how the foods you ingest really control everything from how you think, feel and act. Yes I’m going to miss deep dish pizzas and Lays ruffles but not the mood swings that are associated with these faux foods.

Even more exciting is the scores of people who are interested in joining me. (Your body will thank you a million times over) I’ve gotten some great advice, comments and requests from people. One concern was the length of the detox. Most detox are anywhere from 7-21 days so I agree one month is a little too long. For that reason me and some other gal pals have already agreed to do it for 21 days.

Secondly, I was given great advice that speaks to my true interests of being as natural as possible. Instead of using the SmartCleanse as previously discussed I’m going with a brand called Flora. They offer remedies and supplements that are all natural and herbal.

Now as you can imagine going “green” can be a little more pricey so instead of buying their 25-day cleanse at $80 plus tax (so about $90), I went ahead and got the 7-day detox kit at $45 plus tax. According to my research they are both very effective but the 7-day package comes with fibre supplements to better help with flushing out your system.


Nevertheless, I will still stick to a strict diet of protein (excellent for cleaning out the liver) lots of veggies and some fruit. The INCLUDED  and EXCLUDED foods on this detox can be found on the clean programs manual at Or customize your very own cleanse using their website for assistance at

Flora does have other less intense detox options like their herbal syrups that are mixed into tea (a component of the 7-day cleanse) for far less money. The syrup alone will also keep you from having to run to the washroom as often as the 7-day cleanse will. Check out their website and see what works for your lifestyle at

Their products can be found at most health food stores, I purchased mine at Whole Foods.

For those who are following along with me please look forward to weekly video blogs where I’ll discuss my progress and issues. Also please feel free to comment or contact me regarding your progress and issues as well.



New Year Detox Challenge



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.


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.



“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: 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.