In our society, there is so much emphasis put on what foods and diets are the best for our bodies. It makes it very difficult for people to know what to eat, what “diet”to follow, if calories matter and whether supplements should be taken. This is just the tip of the iceberg. We get lost in this plethora of information trying to decipher which medical or nutrition expert is guiding us in the right direction.
What we thought we were doing right for our bodies we are being told is all wrong. Those who believe in high protein diets suggest only certain low sugar fruits and vegetables be consumed. We were taught eating bananas was good for us because they provided our bodies with essential nutrients like fibre and potassium. According to some experts, eating this fruit is not good for our bodies because of its natural occurring sugars. Instead, the recommendation is to eat a lot of protein sources such as dairy, meat, and eggs.
On the flip side, many holistic practitioners would argue eating a plant based diet is what is best for our systems. They would discourage the above mentioned protein sources and encourage all types of fruits and vegetables. It would not be suggested to eat meat or dairy unless it was organic. Some experts believe we should not eat anything that comes from an animal and only consume plant based proteins.
Unfortunately, there are so many differing expert opinions on what is considered healthy eating that people are overwhelmed with advice. It seems as though we have allowed all of this information , in many cases, misinformation to allow us to forget about the basics of nutrition. Take a look at the Canada Food Guide. For those of you in the USA, I’m sure your guide is very similar. Is there anywhere in those guides discouraging anyone from eating a variety of fruits and vegetables? Of course not.
I believe different diets aka nutrition plans (I dislike the word diet) can be beneficial in some circumstances. For example, I follow a low FODMAP diet and anti-inflammatory to help manage IBS, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. People with chronic illnesses or autoimmune diseases can greatly benefit from specialized nutrition plans. All of us, whether chronically ill or not, need to be listening to what our bodies need for nutrition. Do you need protein from meat or natural sugars from fruit? Your body will tell you better than the latest fad diet.
It seems as though our society is still so preoccupied with body image. Everywhere you look there is a stick thin, air brushed model displaying the newest style. We are constantly comparing ourselves to others, hence our western culture obsession with dieting. When we finally become comfortable in our own bodies it won’t matter what the “experts” recommend. Your body and intuition will speak to you if you are prepared to listen.
I hope you have enjoyed this reading and welcome you to leave any comments or questions. I love hearing from you!!!
Until next time,