Monday Motivation: Avoiding Bad Nutrition Advice

Monday Motivation: Avoiding Bad Nutrition Advice

Nutrition seems to be constantly evolving.  They told us Fat was bad for us, but now it’s good, egg yolks were bad and now they’re good, and on and on. Headlines like “Don’t Drink Coffee!” followed by “Drinking Coffee prevents cancer!” There are so many trendy diets from OG’s like Atkins to the modern day Gluten craze, but what do nutritions really think of these diets?

How do you know which ones to follow and which to ignore?

As with everything in life, all with moderation.

Here is outdated nutrition advice that dietitians want you to stop STAT (that means right away) from our friends at PopSugar (CLICK HERE TO READ THEIR FULL ARTICLE!)

Myth: Eating Fat Makes You Fat

This myth has done some serious harm with many Americans avoiding healthy fats and replacing them with fat-free options, that most often contain loads of sugar to replace the flavor.  

Question: Will Juicing Help You Lose Weight?

Juice cleanses promise to ‘detox’ your body, and though there is some debate on if they truly ‘detox’ as promised, one thing is for sure: 

Squeezing all the juice out of fruit means you’re missing out on one of the best parts: the fiber! Pulp is where the fiber is, and fiber is good for you!

No fiber and more sugar = no bueno

Myth: Fruit Has Too Much Sugar So You Should Avoid It

People associate fruit with sugar, so when they cut sugar out of their diets the fruit is one of the first things to go.  That is unfortunate because though there are natural sugars, you’re also missing out on valuable fiber and other nutrients. 

Fruit also has the highest levels of antioxidants of any food group.  You can actually lessen your blood sugar spike by combining fruit with a food that has protein and fat. 

Question: Are Gluten Free Snacks Healthier?

Gluten-free diets have been all the rage over the last few years, with regular breads, cookies, cakes, and snacks being replaced with their gluten-free counterparts. Though these foods are essential for people with celiac disease, for the rest of is these options aren’t necessarily any healthier. In fact, they can be even worse. 

Gluten-free cookies and cakes are still cookies and cakes.  They are also usually higher in sugar to improve the taste. 

If you want a gluten-free treat, remember that it’s still a treat.

Myth: You Need To Ban Carbs To Lose Weight

High-protein, low-carb diets are common, and I admit I’ve tried them, but many people incorrectly assume that they need to ditch this important macronutrient group altogether to see any success on the scale.

Instead of only looking at carbs or fats, look at the quality of the foods you are eating. Some carbs are high in fiber which is actually good for you.  Fiber helps stabilize your blood sugar levels and helps things ‘move along’ in your digestive track. 

What can you make your family for dinner?

How to make a healthy plate

This video gives some ideas for portion control, food recommendations and more! Remember, there is no silver bullet so it takes more than just one suggestion to build a healthy diet for yourself and your family. Good luck!