We’ve all fallen for nutrition myths and nutritionists are definitely not immune to them. The truth is, fruit isn’t bad for you. Added sugar isn’t the reason your neighbour got an autoimmune disease. Calorie counting is an incredibly ineffective way of measuring health. You don’t need protein powders to enhance your gym experience. You don’t need expensive supplements from Peru to be healthy. You don’t need an app to tell you how much protein you’ve eaten. Red meat in moderation doesn’t directly cause cancer. The purpose of eating food is to enjoy it, first and foremost. Not all food containing gluten is bad for you. Gluten free options are generally not better options. There is no magic pill, shake or juice that will help you drop kilos. There is nothing wrong with eating cake. It’s not bad for your health when you don’t do it every day. Thinking that cake is bad for you can be bad for your health though.
You don’t have to maintain being strict with your diet when you’re overseas if you don’t want to. You don’t have to maintain being strict with your diet ever, if you don’t want to. Eat carbohydrates. Eat carbohydrates because foods with carbs are delicious, healthy and nutritive. When we cut out carbs we cut out fibre and that’s never ok. An apple juice diet is not going to rid toxins from your liver. Not all processed foods are bad. All food has been processed to some extent, including cacao powder, hemp protein, smoothies and yoghurt. These are all processed yet perfectly healthy nutritive foods.
Now falling for these myths doesn’t make you stupid, it makes you just like the rest of us. Victims to diet culture! The industry that tells us that “this” diet is better for your health and better for your weight. But don’t you think that if after all these years we knew what “diet” actually worked we’d all be doing it? And that would be it? We’d all be losing weight and feeling content? But that’s so not the case for a multitude of reasons.
Firstly, diets are completely unsustainable for weight loss. Secondly, prioritising weight loss as a way to improve your health is ineffective. Thirdly, happiness isn’t achieved with weight loss and anyone who tries to sell weight loss as a means to happiness is acting neglectfully. Fourthly, there is virtually no point in us all trying to squeeze into one number on the scale because your healthiest weight is the one YOU are at when you are not engaging in any kind of restrictive or disordered way of eating (ie a diet) and not excessively exercising. And that ‘number’ is RELATIVE and completely different for everyone.
Remember we’ve all fallen victim but with proper research and listening to qualified people who are attempting to quieten the nutrition noise, we may just get out of this alive❤️