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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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:


“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.

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


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.

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.



My progress: From Scrawny to Toned


When I started lifting weights I was 80 pounds and had 20% body fat. (I’m only 5′) I couldn’t curl 5 pounds without nearly bursting a blood vessel. Like a convict taking his final steps on his way to the electric chair, I dreaded my morning trips to the gym. Nevertheless, five days a week I untangled myself from the sheets of my warm bed and ventured out into the brisk winter cold at 6am.

Almost two years later I can genuinely say I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve cut back the routine to about 3 times a week. On days when I can’t make it to the gym because of all my chores I’ll usually create a mental obstacle course. If I’m sweeping the floors I make sure to jog up and down the steps or move fast enough to get my heart pumping sometimes curling a bottle of Windex in one hand. That way I can burn calories while cleaning the house. Or I’ll do push ups and sit ups in between chores.

I’m far from where I’d like to be and I have a severe weakness for Snickers bars that sometimes set me back but I always try to remind myself that you got to keep on keeping on. No matter how hard you fall  you got to just get back on that horse and keep ridding.

I am now a proud 95 pounds with 15% body fat. I can curl 20 pounds on a very good day. (so not most days) But most importantly I’m healthy and strong. As a woman having muscles is so empowering because you can open your own doors and lift things for yourself.

All in all the best benefit I’ve received from this is independence.