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.
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
“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’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.”
- 25 More Myths by Pauline Nordin (newbiefit.com)
- Complete guide to sugar and sugar substitutes (mnn.com)
- Practice Smart Fitness: 25 Debunked Training And Diet Myths by Pauline Nordin for Bodybuilding.com (newbiefit.com)
- Avoid Winter Weight Gain (dominicspoweryoga.com)
- Going Paleo: Yay or Nay? (pinkandblack-magazine.com)
Be sure to check back on Monday for part two.