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.

The Day Before D-Day

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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.

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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 http://www.cleanprogram.com/files/clean-program-manual.pdf. Or customize your very own cleanse using their website for assistance at http://www.cleanprogram.com/files/clean-program.

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 http://www.florahealth.com.

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.

WE CAN DO THIS!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!!