Eight food myths debunked.
It is not always clear from where food myths originate, what is clear is that once embedded into our memory banks they are hard to shift.
Unfortunately they can not only lead us astray in our attempts to be healthy or at worst lead to unhealthy or restrictive eating and living habits.
Here are what I believe are eight of the most common food and health myths.
How to eat healthy.
Health, food and nutrition are the new ‘hot it topics’ of our modern-day life.
It is almost impossible to open a magazine, listen to the radio or watch television without receiving the latest of advice on what we should or should not be eating.
Are you confused or feeling a little over-whelmed with how you gain clarity on the fundamentals of healthy eating?
Come along to the workshop for practical, insightful and clear information on how to eat healthy.
How to eat healthy during Christmas and New Year?
Put your hand up if the festive season is a challenge to your waistline? Yes my hand high in the air. Coming from a large Aussie/Italian family the phrase “… eat and be merry …” went hand in hand with Christmas celebrations. It seemed wherever I turned there was delicious food tempting my tastebuds and someone testing my will with their offer of ‘just one more serve’.
What is a super food? We are often being told to eat them. Why? What makes a food a super food?
Do super foods possess super human powers which will be bestowed upon us once we eat them. Does it mean once we have eaten them we will suddenly want to don blue tights and a red cape and fly across the skies upholding good health for all?
Let me put my dry and yes I agree sometimes unusual sense of humour to one side and move on.
Let us start with a definition. Most are similar to the tone of this one. “A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”.
But what does that really mean?
To juice or not to juice? Yes it sounds very Shakespearean and dramatic.
It seems at the moment that everyone is talking about juicing, thinking about juicing or is experimenting with juicing. So not surprisingly I am being asked a lot about what I think about juicing. The most common questions are:
- Is it good for my health, if so what are the benefits?
- Is it essential to detox my body and/or clean out my digestive system and if so what are the best juices for me?
- Is it essential to good health and if so should I be doing it on a regular basis?
Like many things in life the answer is not black and white, rather the answer is ‘it depends’.
Let me explain.
Eating habits … how often you eat, when you eat, why you eat, what you eat, where you eat and how much you eat.
Answering these questions will help you understanding your pattern of eating.
It will also give you insight as to how your pattern of eating is likely influencing your health.
How we eat can and does influence our health.
Supplements … should you take them?
There are a countless sources of information and/or advertising telling us that in order to achieve and maintain optimum health we need to consider adding a supplement or more to our daily routine.
I have no doubt many of you have read this information and some of you have made the decision to take a supplement.
Can I ask, do you know whether the supplement you have chosen will help you achieve and/or sustain optimum health and wellbeing? If you have answered yes, how do you know this, do you have clarity over the specific measures you can use to confirm this?
What is a healthy eating plan …. for weight loss, fatigue, stress, hormone balance, fertility, muscle pain, allergies, sleep …
Being asked what is a healthy eating and what should I eat is one of the most frequent questions I am asked.
Essentially people would like to know:
- What is a healthy eating plan?
- Have you heard of eating plan or diet A or B and if so, what do you think?
- Is there a eating plan specifically for ……..?
My answer is always the same, it depends. There is no one eating plan that suits everyone. We are all different and because we are all different you need to have someone develop an eating plan that works for ‘you’.
Urrgh I can hear from some of you say in frustration. I understand your frustration as I know you are looking for a simple answer to what you believe is a simple question. However what may seem on the surface to be a simple question is in fact a loaded question. Your question assumes I have understanding and insight into a significant amount of information about you as a person.
Let me explain.
How much should you eat and how much should you exercise? Does good health simply come down to these two questions?
In seeking to justify the infiltration of junk food ads on our TV, I heard a representative from the Advertising Industry say something to the effect…”it is people’s responsibility to decide what they eat…after all it is about energy in and energy out”. In effect he was saying balance food intake with how much exercise or activity you do.
Yes, it is true, it is ultimately a person’s responsibility to decide on what they eat, and yes it is important to balance food intake (energy in) with activity/exercise (energy out).
However I am in emphatic disagreement (if such a type of agreement exists) that it is NOT just about how much you eat and howactive you are.
Why? Because the relationship between health and food quality is being ignored.
A health philosophy … welcome to Mad for Health.
My aim in writing the blog is to keep you informed and up to date on nutrition and lifestyle topics and trends and help you to get to know me.
There is so much information available on what, why, when, how and if you should eat ‘this or that’ or adopt ‘A, B or C’ lifestyle habit. My aim is to provide informed, simple and down to earth information that will help you work out what is fact versus fiction, trend or fashion. I will also aim to prove you can tantalise your taste buds whilst still nourishing your mind body and soul.
I also believe it is important you understand a little more about me, what I believe is important for achieving and maintaining good health.
Let’s begin with the principles underpinning my health philosophy.