4 Food Myths We Will Nullify Through Reasoning
The purpose of this article is to promote conscious eating. By examining common food myths, healthy eating is more likely. Question the beliefs you hear spoken out loud by people and yourself. Some are outrageous.
Myth 1: Eat a little of everything, just in moderation.
The moderation myth originated due to restrictive food plans. A rigid diet is not sustainable whereas flexibility is useful. This strategy though, is far from complete.
“Eating everything in moderation” is a phrase not thought through. Some foods simply aren’t good for us therefore it makes sense to avoid them. Greatly reducing processed sugar, dairy, meat, alcohol and wheat products, can increase health results.
Eating a little of several unhealthy foods is not a winning strategy. Choosing foods that are whole, light and vitamin-packed is more advantageous.
Myth 2: Eat 5 days healthy and 2 days splurging.
We will rename this, the Bipolar diet. Doing well Monday – Friday, only to undo the good work on the weekend. It is not beneficial to put the body through polar extremes (overly restrictive and then overly indulgent). Balance and consistency are more beneficial.
What purpose is there for 2 days of splurging? A feeling of freedom? Like the moderation myth, the purpose, is to enjoy flexibility. An occasional splurge will not likely cause any problems. A splurge every weekend will probably result in weight gain.
If 5 days of restriction is challenging, re-examine your food plan. Find one you can stick to 7 days a week! You can create a healthy relationship with food that doesn’t RESTRICT or OVER-INDULGE. Find a healthy balance that genuinely satisfies.
Myth 3: Don’t waste food because there are people starving.
This instruction usually originates form parental figures at dinner time. “Finish your plate, there are poor people starving in the world.” There are and it’s horrible. The myth here, is that STUFFING ourselves assists starving people!
If you eat extra portions because others are starving, how does you putting on weight, help the starving? Better to be grateful, serve smaller portions to begin with, look after yourself and save leftovers for another time. This is a more sound recipe for healthy eating, than guilt based eating.
Being grateful and not wasting food is healthy. Overdoing it, due to guilt creates a link with food and shame. A belief exists that we are ‘bad’ for throwing out food. This could be at home or in a restaurant environment. Overeating is occurring as a ‘cure’ for guilt – I’m good when I finish my plate!
Have a plan for times when larger portions are served. Decide the quantity of food you want to consume, in advance.
Myth 4. Some foods are comfort foods.
Actually, they’re not! I’ve proven this beyond doubt in my book, Freedom From Addiction.
Any food used in excess for comfort, also causes an equal amount of discomfort over time. Awareness within 5-25 minutes will reveal the ‘discomfort of comfort eating.’
Here is a short list of examples:
• Discomfort with reflux
• Digestion problems
• Aches and pains
• Weight gain
• Beat yourself up for food choices
I’ve had nearly all of those symptoms myself. They were waking me up, to form a new relationship with food. One that is gut-friendly.
We’ve dethroned 4 big food myths today however there are many more. Re-read the article if you so desire and this time write down an beliefs you want to change.
What’s next? Do you have a less than ideal relationship with food? Get a free 30 minute session and we’ll create a plan to achieve YOUR ideal weight.