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We got it so wrong!

by Cathy Gold on 12/12/17

We were wrong!  We were very wrong.  I am a a nurse practitioner, a nutrition coach, and a personal trainer.  So when I say “we” were wrong, I mean all of us - exercise professionals, medical professionals, even so-called nutrition experts.   A lot of the advice we’ve been giving you for years is being proven false.  Worse still, much of the advise has made America sicker and fatter than ever before. I mean really, if long bouts of cardio, eating low fat, and balancing calories is the answer to our health problems and weight loss woes, why are we seeing more obesity and disease than ever before?  

It’s really hard to change your thinking, I know.  It’s even harder to get word out about health research.  A lot of this stuff has been proven for decades, but we still don’t know about it!  So today, as we close out the old year, I want to take some time to point out some things that might be holding you back from living the healthiest life you can.  Buckle up, it’s a bumpy ride!

Fat is bad.  Let’s face it, dietary fats have been vilified for a few decades.  For many reasons, doctors thought eating fat led to higher cholesterol that clogs your arteries.  We were wrong.  In fact, we now know that diets too low in fat are associated with higher risks of heart disease and early death!  Naturally occurring fats like olive and coconut oils, avocado, eggs, butter, and other animal fats are essential to a healthy lifestyle.  In fact, a growing number of experts are recommending increasing fats, while drastically reducing carbs, in order to attain maximal health… oh, and it’s great for weight loss! Low carb, high fat diets are not just a fad.  It’s been around for over a century and is proven safe and effective.  Check out my FaBu-Life link for more information.

Sugar in moderation. Did you know that we eat more than 4 times as much sugar now as ever before in history of mankind?  And I’m not just talking about candy bars and ice cream.  The food industry has hidden sugar and it’s many cousins, in most foods.  Why?  Because it’s extremely addictive.  They add it into your food, you eat more and more, they make money.  Sounds conspiratorial, but it’s a fact.  Ever tried quitting sugar?  Studies show it’s more addictive than cocaine!  To quit, it’s better to go cold turkey.  By allowing “moderation” you’re only feeding the addiction little by little.  Switch to naturally sweet foods and natural sweeteners like Stevia as a first step, then slowly reduce your dependence on the sweet taste.  There’s a lot more flavor in food just waiting to be discovered!

Grains are good.  Ever wonder why so many people have gluten sensitivity or intolerance?  That wasn’t really “a thing” when we were kids, right?  Agricultural practices have changed dramatically in the past century.  So much so that most of the grains we eat (wheat, oats, corn, etc) are nothing like their ancestors.  Hence, problems with human consumption.  We were told to eat whole grains, up to 5-6 servings per day!  But they’re making us sick.  A diet high in grains is associated with inflammatory illnesses like Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, migraines, and so much more.  There are a lot better ways to get fiber and nutrients in your diet. Ditch the grains for a few weeks and see how you feel.

Take a deep breath and process all that.  Check back next time for a few more things we got WRONG!  I want you to have all the tools you need to head into the New Year armed and ready for action! 

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