Sunday, September 20, 2015

Food Bandwagons: Think Before you Jump (always good advice really)


Beware of Food Nazis.

I kind of want to punch people who tell me not to eat gluten.

Don’t get me wrong; I think as a society, we definitely consume way more gluten containing foods than we should, but this gluten-free-shame-you-if-you-eat-a sandwich fad is a little extreme for my taste.  If you look in the last twenty years of nutrition related literature you will find enough contradictions to make your head spin.  Nutrition science is constantly evolving and when you think about it, it makes sense, because we are constantly changing. And by we, I mean humans and the environment we live in.

 No human body is the same, which means how your body processes and reacts to the food you eat is as unique as your personality!

Have Another Cup.

Gluten isn’t the only culprit.  Coffee is having its glory moment after decades of doctors telling us to cut it out. Multiple studies in last ten years on coffee claim drinking coffee can do everything from decrease your chance of liver cancer to preventing Parkinson’s disease in men. More than likely in the next ten years you will come across an article contradicting those results and suggesting you shouldn’t drink coffee once again. 

Your Body, Your Rules!

The point is, if you are trying to keep up with the latest and greatest diet fads, just STOP! 

Life is way too short!

It’s great to stay educated on new findings but ultimately the best thing you can do for your body is to eat REAL food in a way that works for YOUR own body.  If eating wheat makes you feel like shit, don’t eat it or eat less.  If you love ice cream, have a bowl every now and then (ideally made at home from quality ingredients….check back soon for a post on my yummy homemade gelato).   

Limiting artificial foods loaded with preservatives and focusing on eating real food is probably the best thing you can do for your body.  How you balance the “food groups” is up to you but I suggest listening to your own body rather than the latest Huffington Post. 

In the meantime, at least I can justify the amount of coffee I drink to get through the day.  I’m preventing cancer right?