Healthy Diet Advice From Well Meanings SAD Eaters

It’s fascinating to me the misconceptions some people have about food and nutrition. It’s really unfortunate because these are usually the same people with the worst eating habits and they take the little bits and pieces of information they do have and come to the worst conclusions. Worst, is they will rationalize their eating habits or just not think it’s important enough to change and in the same breath say something completely outrageous about a food or particular diet (ie, vegan diet, vegetarian, raw, etc.)

Now, while I don’t entirely agree that all the diets out there are a good way to go (breatharian anyone?) I do absolutely believe that a plant based diet is extremely healthy.

So, for you amusement, here are just a few of the things some people have told me at work. They do all know that I’m vegan by the way…

Eating too much avocado could give me a heart attack because of the fat. I kindly explained to her that avocados do not contain saturated fat (the kind that causes heart attacks) and that the fat they do contain is healthy fat that we need not to mention vitamins A, C, E, fiber, and protein

Eating pineapple is a bad food choice because it will create a lot of acid in the stomach. By the way the person who told me this normally has a cheeseburger and fries for lunch… Wow, where to begin with this one.. I didn’t have time to get into where he got this information but did explain to him that having acid in the stomach is not necessarily a bad thing and eating pineapple or any fruit is never going to be a bad thing! It’s known for having a lot of Bromelain which is a digestive enzyme, has anti-inflammatory benefits, a great source of Vitamin C and Manganese. It is also a good source of Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Copper and dietary fiber.

It’s tough when I get into one of these conversations because if I say too much I run the risk of coming off “preachy” and that never sways anyone. But, not saying enough and I feel like I’m leaving these people in the dark with their nutritional misinformation that they picked up who knows where. So, I go the route of baby steps… leading by example and responding with simple corrections but trying not to go to far beyond that.

How do you guys respond to people giving you nutritional advice that is so clearly wrong?

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

It seems like everywhere you look, there’s a new pill or medicine that will ‘instantly cure’ your sickness, disease or health issue.  And while taking a pill to cure what ails you might be convenient and simple, maybe it’s really time to sit down and take a good, long look at what you’re feeding your body, or as it might be, not feeding your body.  Are you truly giving your body the nutrients it needs to take care of itself?  What you may find when we take a look at what we’ve been eating that the choices we’ve been making in the name of convenience, simplicity, or saving time have actually been detrimental to our overall health – body, mind and spirit.

The SAD diet largely consists of excessive consumption of starch, sugar, fried and fatty foods. And, as a result, diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s and some cancers have become common.  Healthy foods and good nutrition can not only help keep you fit, but treat disease as well. You may not even have to go to a health food store. You can purchase them right at your grocery store, or make a trip to your local farmer’s market. And if you focus on basing a healthy, well balanced diet on the 14 “Superfoods,” the detrimental effects of these diseases can be slowed, stopped or even reversed.

When you nourish your body physically with these nutrient-dense foods, your mental capacities increase, and your spiritual wellness is enhanced as well. And, since your spiritual health is optimal, it will shine through to the outside, and people will notice you’re happy, calm, and that your stress levels have decreased dramatically. So look for ways to cut the junk out of your daily eating and replace it with members of the Superfoods group.  Your body, mind and spirit will all be healthier as a direct result.

David Wolfe Speaking at Google!

I had no idea that Google has raw vegan meals in the cafeteria.  I have new found respect for them.  I heard David Wolfe on a podcast say that he had spoke at Google so went looking for this video and after a little digging found it.  It’s Matt Amsden & David Wolfe speaking for a little over an hour long, so plan to sit back and enjoy.

Matt Amsden & David Wolfe

My Health Heros

I just watched Oprah’s episode on Jamie Oliver’s new reality series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and it got me thinking that there are a few people out there that I consider my personal heroes for what they are doing to change the way we view food and diet in this country. These people are getting to the heart of the matter and saying it like it is which for many people is hard to hear and believe.  But it’s important that someone is standing up and saying that convenience and cost does NOT automatically equal quality and shouldn’t be how we decide what to eat.

Jamie Oliver

For taking our obsession and reliance on fast food and junk food to mainstream America with his new reality show, Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution and working to show people how they can cook real food that doesn’t come out of a box just as cheaply and quickly.  And, also for going to the unhealthiest part of the country and getting them to make better food choices by putting the focus on real fresh food.  I especially love that he went right into the elementary school and changed the school lunch program.  This was a school that was giving the kids pizza for breakfast because it was easy and honestly believed that was nutritionally sound.  They also considered french fries a vegetable. He shows how people get very attached to their fast food and when they think you’re trying to take that away from them they get very upset.  There’s no clearer example of how this kind of food contains addictive substances (MSG, high fructose corn syrup, etc. ) that are made to keep us eating them.

Michele Obama

I love Michelle Obama for tackling childhood  obesity by working to get healthier school lunches and making exercise a priority.  Through her Let’s Move campaign she’s working with the USDA so these changes can become the standard.  I’m hoping this means we get rid of junk food in vending machines and fast food in all schools.  She also started an organic garden at the White House which I love because she’s leading by example and putting organic fruit and vegetables in the spotlight.

Michael Pollan

For bringing to light how the food industry and factory farming is alot about making food as cheaply as possible no matter what the short term and long term costs to nutrition and the way animals are treated. When I saw Food, Inc. what I saw was animal concentration camps and food being altered with hormones and antibiotics all in the name of higher profits.  Don’t even get me started on the pesticides…