Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cutting Through the Nutritional Jungle

Most people I speak to find themselves identifying with one of the following two categories when it comes to food and nutrition:
I am a little mouse in the nutrition maze and it is Mad Science out there. 
I have no idea what to eat because of too many conflicting studies and too many fad diets.  Good carbs, bad carbs.  Eat low-fat to protect my heart but don’t eat low-fat if I want a healthy reproductive system. I am on a great diet for a week and then having a date with some Peanut M&M’s for about another week.  I am overwhelmed and at a loss for how to TRULY lose weight without being deprived.  Ah, how bad is a Cliff Bar anyway?
I am a nutrition expert. 
I know it all, have read every diet and nutrition book and can easily put myself on the best diet for everything from weight loss to clearing out my sinuses.  The problem is that it isn’t really working because I am either a slave to food (thereby reducing my quality of life), I am not losing weight permanently, or I am concerned I may actually be harming myself unknowingly.
Both scenarios, unfortunately, are causing a lot of people unnecessary stress and potential health problems down the road! 
I feel for you.  Check out some of the latest headlines and their implications:
Big Study Finds No Clear Benefit of Calcium Pills
Doctors re-evaluating calcium recommendations for most women. Calcium industry refuses to believe scientific results. Health activists say study was flawed.

Thinning the Milk Does Not Mean Thinning the Child
Study found low-fat choices offered in school lunches made little difference in childhood obesity, even when provided with in-school nutrition education. Results: Kids left with the uncanny ability to rattle off health facts but are still as fat as ever. 
Women's Health Studies Leave Questions in Place of Certainty
Low-fat diets not proven to prevent heart disease and some cancers. Health activists in uproar. Scientists baffled. Doctors at a loss. Women still overweight. Health professionals say study seriously flawed. Scientists say the proof is in the pudding, we've spent all this money, now lets move on to another issue to study you diet die-hards.
So How Are we Supposed to Eat?
Dieting is not the problem, it is just the symptom. Diet mentality is really just a sign that you do have a high level of self-care, but may not be ready to do what it takes to create long-term changes.  The likely underlying problem is that you don’t have information best applicable for YOU (remember you are an individual with unique medical history, body type, ancestry and eating habits) or the tools to support you for healthy, whole-foods eating as a true lifestyle change.  Or maybe the problem is deep down there is something a little scary in thinking how achieving your weight or health goals would require you to change something about your life and your relationships. 
There are lots of factors to consider, but the common issue I see in just about everyone is blatently ignoring your intuition system.  You KNOW when a food makes you feel bad, yet the latest study may have suggested it should be good for you.  You KNOW when you need more food to be satisfied, yet the little label on the box told you that ½ cup is the proper serving size.  Your wisdom is far superior then lab results. It is called intelligence and self-trust.
Be Your Own Researcher
I encourage my clients to use their intelligence and to run their own scientific experiments. As chief scientist of Me, Inc., your job is to discover what works for you and what doesn't. No one knows your body better than you.  Yet, we have all been trained to put all our trust into whatever the doctor says, what the newspapers say, whatever the latest Paleo expert says. By experimenting with commonsense nutrition practices, things like eating real food vs. chemicalized, artificially flavored and processed food products, you'll find the results you've been looking for. You take control by becoming your own health researcher.

Be Willing to Experiment
I suggest starting with simple experiments explored over a two-week time period:
1.   Eat one green vegetable per day and see what happens. Do you feel different? More energized? Feel lighter?
2.     Another suggestion I often share is to eat a little protein at every meal to reduce sugar cravings, and/or take an algae supplement, such as chorella, in between meals. It does wonders for keeping your blood sugar levels steady, thereby reducing cravings. 
3.     Or the simplest (and cheapest) experiment is to incrementally increase your water intake until you notice a reduction in hunger levels, skin quality and better digestion.
Thanks for reading and choose to eat deliciously today!

By: Cynthia Stadd, EPC. A pioneering relationship with food expert, national speaker and practitioner. She offers a ground-breaking model for showing people how to profoundly transform their relationship with food – with flair – to finally reach their health and weight management goals.  

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