4 Nutrition myths wreaking havoc on your healthy eating plan

Are these 4 nutrition myths wreaking havoc on your ability to eat healthy foods in a way that benefits your well being, fitness and body makeover goals? How these die-hard nutrition guidelines can turn healthy eating into an uphill battle and the non-conformist alternatives that will get you on track with true healthy eating and a fitter body better.

Nutrition myths # 1: carbs are unhealthy

Even with all the scientific research studies and evolutionary biology articles by well Respected scientists some people still believe that humans are not supposed to be eating carbs. But as it turns out humans have been eating carbs even longer than we thought; way before diabetes, obesity and cancer entered the scene. 

The latest research show humans having evolved to be more flexible eaters and this is the only real trouble with carbs, meaning we err on the side of too processed and too much. Ideally what being flexible means is that we can eat a varied diet just less processed and less volume.

Of course there are some people who are better adapted to carbs than others so they have a bit more flexibility with carbs but even so carb types should be careful not to go overboard just like protein types who would benefit from foods other than meat and nuts. As the saying goes anything in excess is harmful.

Nutrition myth # 2: dairy = weight loss

Every time I pick up a women's magazine I see articles and overly sexual ads touting milk and yogurt as weight loss miracles. Sure there are plenty of research findings on how people who eat dairy lose more weight but what if dairy makes you feel sluggish, causes congestion or digestion issues, OR does not even appeal to you? Is it some magical food you NEED to look sexy? Most importantly what do you think of the sexy greek yogurt ad? Kidding!

Come on!  You already know the answer is that no food on it's own is a miracle weight loss or fat loss solution so if you're not into dairy then feel free to skip it and eat other foods higher in calcium including: bok choy, almonds , dried figs, oranges, turnip greens, kale, sesame seeds, salmon.  Yes all these are higher in calcium than bland looking milk!

I personally stopped drinking milk and eating daily cups of yogurt years ago much to my mother's horror and instead started eating all those healthy foods that have tons more calcium . I do still having the small amounts of cheese every week and sexy Greek yogurt once in a while but the amounts are tiny compared to before and my body is healthier and sexier than it was when I ate up the sexy dairy propaganda. The hilarious video parodies all those sexy dairy ads by the way. I could not stop laughing.

Nutrition myth # 3: hunger is unacceptable

Speaking of cows ... The no hunger scare tactic is another favorite of nutritionists hired by women's magazines to give lip service to all their food advertisers who pay big money for "food" ads in magazines.  In virtually every magazine or "healthy eating" book out there you still see the eat every 3 hours myth in one form or another EVEN THOUGH there are stacks and stacks of research coming out right now on how eating less food less hours per day improves health and longevity.   

Sadly women nowadays have no idea what true hunger feels like. They have been so brainwashed into thinking they need to constantly feed like cows that they refuse to skip one meal / snack for fear or fainting.  If you even suggest to a friend or relative that you'll be trying fewer meals per day they flip out warning you about low blood sugar, coma and death.  Alright I'm totally exaggerating but seriously some people's reactions to less food less often is quite dramatic.

Truth is if you start skipping some meals and snacks you'll deplete your reserves of fuel and start burning some of that stored bodyfat   . The best way to get started with this is to delete snacks.  Simply cut down from 6 meals to 3 meals 1 snack and no more eating in between.  But be sure to do it quietly so you do not get hassled about it.    

Other benefits research found of skipping meals or skipping an entire day of eating include improved cognitive function, reduced cravings and less mindless eating.  

Nutrition myth # 4: sugar is evil !!!

It is 100% true that highly processed sugar products are terrible for your teeth, your waistline and your skin. Any foods that contain large quantities of processed sugar will wreak havoc on appetite control, increasing cravings for other junk, result in blood sugar imbalances and all types of disease including cancer. 

BUT some natural sugar is good for you which is why we are programmed two seek out sugar from fruits, vegetables and other natural foods. Natural sugars are packaged with fiber plus a multitude of nutrients that our bodies need-to function properly. Bananas for example are a sugary food that I avoided for years because was they were off limits on various no-happiness diets I tried but they have many benefits including:

  • Bananas help cure depression come and reduce PMS due to high levels of tryptophan which converts into serotonin; the happiness brain neurotransmitter. 
  • They also contain vitamin B6 which help you sleep well and magnesium that helps relax muscles.
  • Bananas are a pre-biotic promote the growth of friendly gut bacteria which is key to better immune function which in turn boosts fat burning. 
  • They also produce digestive enzymes that assist with nutrient absorption.

When I did not eat bananas daily I was constantly cravings sweets and cheating with junk food or fake health food. So not only is nature's sugar good nutrition it's also good for preventing unhealthy eating! But just like I mentioned in the previous myth, all sugar even from natural sources must be consumed in moderation so be careful not to go overboard.