Open a magazine, read a book, surf the web, walk by a bus stop, or walk through a store – what do you see? Research tells us that the average consumer is exposed to
more than 600 advertising messages a day in one form or another. With so many of them are dedicated towards diet and lifestyle, shouldn’t Canadians be fit and healthy? Well the issue is that many of these ‘health promoting’ advertisements aren’t actually health promoting at all. The combination of crash diets and long stressful days have encouraged many of us to live off processed packaged foods. If you have a few minutes I highly suggest you read Meghan’s article on healthwashing – she explains what it is and also provides some tips on how to avoid being sucked in!
I could go on for hours about healthwashing and how it can turn innocent consumers into carb craving, aspartame stuffed slugs (well not really, but you get the point).
With all the contradictory nutrition information out there, how are we supposed to figure out what to eat? Well my first suggestion is going back to basics – stop eating things that your gramma wouldn’t recognize (hello dunkaroos, cheez whiz and microwave meals). Well actually before you do anything, take a gander at ‘Karlee’s Vegan Survival Guide’. No I am not trying to make everyone vegan, but by eating a plant-based diet you will inadvertently cut out many processed foods – sugar free flavored yogurts, cheese-strings, granola bars, and cereal to name a few. Eating a plant-based diet will also force you to go back to basics, because you will have to make most of your meals at home.
Recently a lot of people have been asking me “what do you eat”, “are you a vegan” and “why are you so damn good looking?” Well they mostly asked me the first two questions, but in my head people ask me the latter all the time. So for all of you wondering, no I am not a vegan. Do I want to be? No. Personally I don’t like labeling myself based on my eating patterns. I consume mostly a plant-based diet, and I eat small amounts of goat dairy, eggs, fish and chicken. My body doesn’t agree with cow dairy (if you know what I’m sayin), but sometimes when I am feeling naughty I eat some ice cream or cake (shhhh don’t tell). I love the taste fresh fruits and vegetables, but most importantly I love the way they make be feel! My transition towards eating an unprocessed diet has been a long journey, and it definitely has not been easy. Although I am still learning what foods my body likes and doesn’t like, I have solidified some pretty solid eating habits.
So should you eat low carb, high protein, low fat? How about you just try to find a nice balance between them? Start by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, then work on eliminating processed foods and soon enough I will be coming to YOU for nutrition advice ☺ You want to eat in a way that you can sustain for the rest of your life! I like to call it the ‘eat good, feel good diet’ … If you eat good foods, then your body will feel good too.
Your homework? Stop eating trans-fats and genetically modified foods and slowly try to decrease your intake of added sugars, preservatives and chemicals. Your body might still crave these foods, but soon enough your body catch up! Once you adjust to eating more unprocessed, natural, whole foods you will NEVER want to go back to the Kraft Dinner and Coca-Cola diet!!!! (well maybe at 3am after too many wobbly-pops, but I will save that for another post).