The Truth About Diet Foods

Are they actually a real part of a healthy diet?

Check out my article on the science behind it all here.

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The Diet You Should Swear By

…isn’t the same for everyone.

OH! And…

 

 

 

 

…it doesn’t exist.

But how is it that there are so many diets out there that people follow–religiously, at that? How can so many people swear the diet they follow is the answer and the solution to every problem you’ve ever had? How could it be that there are so many experts that are wrong? So many doctors, trainers, dietitians, and just humans on a journey to being their best selves: how can all but one of these people be wrong?

Well…that’s probably because there’s three sides to every piece of research that’s ever been done. There’s the side that the researcher chose to solely focus on and see (despite other information that plays into the results), the side of the other researcher from the opposing side (same situation as researcher #1), and the side of the two researchers findings put together in an extensive and cohesive report that…you’ll likely never see/hear about. Why? Because that doesn’t sell like “sworn, hard evidence” pointing in one specific direction.

Have you ever heard someone say that our bodies weren’t meant to digest ______? For vegans, our bodies weren’t meant to digest meat or animal byproducts. For Paleo-heads, our bodies cannot sustain or be strengthened without meat/animal byproducts because of the nutrients solely found within them (B12, anyone?), but processed foods like grains and legumes can cause inflammation, and force bacteria (ew) to break them down in our intestines.

Yes, it’s good to eat your greens. No one has ever, and should never, argue otherwise. Fresh produce is something that should always be in your diet. Whether it’s kale, celery, apples, bananas, etc…Keep on with the keep on. But…is that what your diet should solely consist of—along with whole grains?

There’s no denying that human beings have herbivorous tendencies and characteristics. Biology shows that we have flat teeth for grinding plants, and although humans behave like omnivores—eating both plant and animal-based foods—it’s been found that our digestive system is comparable to that of Apes (who eat about 3% of animal-based foods).

So, how did we become this culture full of nay-sayers towards any diet other than the one they follow? How did we start food-shaming what is still considered “healthy” eating? Why are there cults of people—some more cult-y than others (you know who you are)—praising themselves for eating a certain way and quite literally (ok, not literally) stoning people who believe otherwise?

This, my friends, is all a part of a feedback loop. What’s a feedback loop? Ah-ha. That’s where “The perfect Diet, part 2” will pick up.

Gotcha. 😉

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Ch Ch Changes

Hello all!

I know it’s been a minute, or….months…since I’ve posted, but my life has been through a total 180 over the last month and a half and I’ve been on go, go, go essentially for a month straight. As you may recall, I had spoken of new chapters that I’ve been approaching in my life, and that includes moving from Memphis to Austin without a job, and crashing at my parents house while searching for that one opportunity to make a real name for myself in the business world. Well, months of searching and applying prior to my arrival paid off, as I locked down a job within the first week of being back, and move into my new place (yay) this coming Monday! I’ve hit the ground running with work, and am currently nearing the end of a 2 week work trip (what did I say? I wasn’t playing around!).

But…after 9 days straight without a day off, I finally have a moment to breathe and…update the blog with something that’s been weighing on my mind, and surely has passed through many others, over the last few weeks. How do you handle momentary or lifelong changes to your daily routines? So…I’ve been on the road, meaning…living out of a hotel with no gym and no kitchen for the last 9 days. Clearly, for a gym junkie and an avid clean/paleo eater…this brings all of the challenges of a routine lifestyle to the forefront of your days. Unfortunately, I’ve been eating things I normally wouldn’t, and eating out every. single. day. Which is, yes, driving me crazy. But I do try and make health-minded choices when eating out, but I haven’t won every single one of those food battles, and I’m trying to accept and come to terms with the fact that that’s OK. No one is perfect. We are not a perfect kind, and no one should expect that of themselves or others.

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This has been something I have struggled to accept for a year or so now, because of fear of returning back to and falling victim of old habits. So…I’m coming to terms of acceptance with these 12 days of less than ideal eating situations by reminding myself that when I get back home in a few days, all of it ends. And honestly, I can’t wait for it to end. I can’t wait to hit the gym for a 2 hour work out, and then go make an egg-white and spinach frittata BECAUSE I CAN and…who doesn’t love eggs?! Some time off the wagon doesn’t mean you’ve fallen off entirely. Good eating and hard workouts are more than just choices do or don’t make. This is a lifestyle you’re now a part of, and a week, or 12 days in my case, doesn’t erase the changes you’ve made and will continue to make. You are not your cheat meals. You are not the days you didn’t work out while away on business or vacation. You are a warrior, you are strong, and you live a healthy lifestyle that you’re more than likely stoked to get back to.