I remember when the concept that fat makes you fat got projected into American cultural consciousness. I remember when eating carbs wasn’t a bad thing and there was no such thing as a gluten free bagel. So what happened??
To make sense of how things have changes with regards to food we have to look at one very obvious fact; it takes tens of thousands of years for the human body to adapt to food changes. I say, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that until 500 years ago most humans in the world ate some combination of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and berries. When things where going well or there was something to celebrate there was a little sugar cane for the happy occasion. And with this eating pattern there is little to no documentation of extremely overweight people as being pervasive in society. Truly overweight people were the exception, not the rule. Even in historical records through Ellis Island, where height and weight were recorded for each person, it shows people where shorter, leaner and generally more slender than people are today and that is within the last 100 years.
It is NOT possible for the metabolism of the human body to change drastically in 100 years. So what changed has to be the food we eat and our relationship to it as a culture. Of course, our physical activity is a huge consideration but for the purposes of this site I’m sticking food.
What has happened to our food? Well, a lot of things. But it’s mostly the misinformation in marketing that has created a problem. So here’s some truth in food info for you:
Marketing: Fat makes you fat.
Fact: Some fats do, many do not. It depends on whether it’s heavily processed or not. It also depends on where it came from. If you can’t eat the seed or fruit it came from i.e., cotton seeds (you can’t eat them) you shouldn’t be eating the oil from them. Avocado, olive and coconut oils are nutritious and have fats that help reduce body fat, not increase it. Additionally these fats are necessary to help heal and grow connective tissue, including brain matter.
Marketing: Carbs are bad.
Fact: They are necessary for human beings to have energy to work, dance, think and function. We need carbohydrates as omnivores to live. Again, it comes back to the source and how refined the carbs are.
Marketing: Soda, tea, coffee, energy drinks, Gatorade and water are interchangeable.
Fact: They are not. The first 5 beverages take water out of your body. The only thing that hydrates is water. As we are made of 70% water we need it for all our organs to function properly, including our brains.
This is the tip of the proverbial ice berg. When you think weight management, think “food that is as close to the source when I eat it as possible.” Minimally processed, fresh foods are always going to be more nutrient dense than foods that are processed. It’s the only true way to manage your weight and your health.
I can and want to help you with your weight management goals. I want you to feel empowered by your choices. I want you to know and understand your choices around food so that you can realize good health through great nutrition.