A Nutritional Epiphany

Over the past couple months I’ve been watching some documentaries, which could also be put as obsessively watching documentaries and talks on the American diet, educating my self on nutrition. With the goal of learning what’s truly healthy for my body.

I’ve learned a lot of things;

  • Almost everything is wrong with the typical American diet.
  • Nutella’s first ingredient is sugar
  • You can find products with minimal ingredients quite effortlessly, if you’re aware that they do exist.
  • Eating 50-75% fruits and veggies every meal helps me feel more full, and stay full longer.
  • Sugar in processed fruit products really counts because the end product lacks the fiber that fresh fruit contains; your body uses the fiber to help digest the sugar in fresh fruit. 
  • Most people are chronically dehydrated.
  • Diet pop may be 0 calories but your body still considers and processes it as sugar.
  • Balsamic vinegar is a low cal, simple and yummy dressing for salads.
  • You don’t have to use oil to roast veggies, you can opt to use some broth or nothing at all. 
  • Avoid products advertised fat-free and sugar-free at all costs. Ironic? I know. These products are typically even worse for you than the original product it’s self. 
  • If you drink multiple cups of coffee a day, with sugar, your sugar intake will still be high even if the rest of your diet is relatively sugar free.
  • A good diet will affect your weight more than a good exercise routine.
  • You can eat more clean, unprocessed foods (fat and calorie wise) compared to your original diet and still lose weight, at least I can. 
  • Large portions of meat is not good for you, that goes for all meat. Not just red meat contrary to common beliefs, fish is possibly the worst meat there is because it will contain the most pollution and contaminants. 
  • Eggs can be considered worse than meat for you. I try to limit egg consumption but who can’t resist a sunny side up and some whole grain toast once in a while.
  • Too much protein is bad for your organs. If eating a good, mostly unprocessed, diet you don’t need to consume ANY protein bars or shakes. 

Most importantly I’ve been learning how to read intuitively what my body needs. For example headaches almost always mean I need to drink more water. And feeling lousy and bloated typically means I’m not getting enough sleep. 

“About eighty percent of the food on shelves of supermarkets today didn’t exist 100 years ago.”
Larry McCleary, Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly: Experience Dynamic Weight Loss with the Brain-Belly Connection

Eating clean can certainly be cheap, but to do so it does require some planning. That’s where my passion kicks in.