Healthy eating guidelines? Phooey! you say.
Eating has gotten so complicated, hasn’t it? I’m guessing you are tired and confused. Tired of trying to figure this whole thing out without losing your mind. Confused about what to believe.
Why Healthy Eating Guidelines Are Important
You want to be thin, you want to be healthy. You want to do the right thing by your children, I know, because every parent only wants what they think is best for their kids.
But the grocery store shelves are lined with tens of thousands of products, and the TV is blaring food ads all the time enticing you to buy their almost always unhealthy products. Fast food joints line the streets, just begging you to drive-thru for their quick, cheap and oh-so-tasty “heart attack in a bag” food.
There’s a part of you that knows that all those food choices and products are NOT healthy, but it almost seems like you are addicted to them, like you just can’t stop eating them, no matter how hard you try.
These foods are addictive. You are very likely addicted to high fat, high salt, high refined sugar, high refined carbohydrate foods.
Can simple healthy eating guidelines help you?
Not entirely, because knowledge is only one part of the equation when it comes to healthy eating. But it is a very important part. One that cannot be left out if you want to succeed.
You can’t build a house on a faulty foundation and expect it to last, and you can’t build good health on faulty knowledge and expect it to last.
We love to hear about the latest fad diet that gives us good news about our bad habits, and we pray that, finally, there is something easy that will work (and won’t be painful).
Live on loads of animal foods and throw in some veggies? Sure, I can do that! Get rid of that one villain food like wheat and everything will get better? Sure, I can do that!
But health doesn’t come from just eliminating one food, or even a group of foods. The overall pattern of the diet is what counts.
Why “Everything in Moderation” Isn’t the Best Plan
Healthy eating guidelines that come from most of our medical and nutrition professionals, and that are being taught in our schools, are based on the government food pyramid. Everything in moderation seems to be the theme. But these vague guidelines are nearly useless and the fact that our obesity rates and disease rates are worse than they have ever been is a testament to that.
The problem with moderation is that it means different things to each person. Studies show that even those who think they eat everything in moderation are usually eating far too much fat, salt, sugar and refined grains (usually 2-3x the recommended upper limits) and not enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber (half or less of the recommended minimum intake).
The idea that there is room in the diet for all foods, no matter how unhealthful they are, AND that they should be part of our accepted healthy eating guidelines, is ridiculous. For instance, we don’t need a food guide that tells us to include oils since they provide nothing that we can’t get from better whole food sources, and including them only makes people believe that they are okay, if not healthy, to consume.
When it comes to food, we have NOT proven we can eat “everything in moderation” – we’ve proven the exact opposite.