DO NOT: Dangerous Dietary Beliefs you Should Avoid

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Written by Ferly Prado

August 14, 2021

Do not think desperation, hopelessness, and frustration should be emotions tied to your dietary life. is Let’s get straight to the point here because neither you or I have time to waste.

Unhealthy eating habits lead you to:

  • Focus on mental blocks more then on life-giving solutions
  • Choose short cuts, completely ignoring what we know to be right
  • Or both!

Being aware of the habits that do not support the life you want is the beginning of change. Understanding why you adopted them in the first place is the beginning of growth.

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If you can adopt one ‘DO NOT’ at a time, you can stop wasting and start thriving.

Let’s get started…

#1 DO NOT…

waste your hope on thinking you will get the same exact results as someone else.

healthy vs unhealthy food

We are all created by God and we are all created equal, but we are certainly not the same.

Fun fact: 98-99% of our DNA is what scientists call evolutionary. They used to call is Junk DNA. The remaining 1-2% is coding DNA- it’s what makes you YOU. Fascinating isn’t it? Though 1-2% seems insignificant, it is enough to make us different. We do not look, sound, and act alike. We may also not respond to experiences alike.

Even if you were to follow step by step a diet (good diet or bad quick fix diet), YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED THE SAME RESULTS AS THE PERSON SELLING THE IDEA TO YOU.

Takeaway: You are different, therefore your results might or might not look different.

#2 DO NOT…

waste your mental space on life-sucking thoughts and beliefs.

Let’s say you and I are working together and you tell me you have a 3 month weight loss goal. I calculate your numbers, I consider the foods you love, and I design you a plan that is safe and that the math shows will work. But 2-4 Weeks into it you do not see any changes.

You assure me you are following the plan I have designed for you. You express frustration, sharing you got laid off a few weeks back and have been struggling to find a new job. You were hoping you could at least feel successful with your weight goals.

Bingo! I then wonder if your Cortisol (your body’s main stress hormone) is high. We troubleshoot, adjust your meal plan, and visit your daily habits.

Your body begins responding to our new plan for you.

This is an example why we must look at nutrition as wholesomely as possible. You do not operate like a machine that we can mathematically figure out. We must look at you as a whole person.

Does this mean you should believe NOTHING will work for you? Absolutely not! This means you should try it and let your body do the talking.  Your body needs time to respond to change. It may like it, or it may dislike it. If it likes it, carry on. If it dislikes it, on to the next experiment.

Takeaway:

It is your responsibility and duty as the steward of your body to try things and allow your body time to tell you “I like this” or “I don’t like this”. If you don’t get results, look at your life as a whole. Practice spending time with yourself so you can troubleshoot and figure out the areas that need more TLC.

    #3 DO NOT…

    waste your time with new diet fads.

    In the 90s, the fad diet was low-fat diet. Women and men alike who believed in the fad cut fats (unhealthy and health fats alike) from their diets drastically.  There’s a lot of data on this, but the biggest (sad) takeaway for me was that there was a surge in reproductive health problems, including miscarriages.  (Healthy) Fats give your body energy, protect your organs, support cell growth, and help your body absorb VITAL nutrients. They are not the devil!

    Now the fad diet is the Keto Diet- the exact opposite of the 90s diet.

    High Fat and Low Carbohydrates lead to:

    • Lack of fiber (complex carbs are the only source of dietary fiber). Low fiber diets are associated with increased risk of constipation, hemorrhoids, type 2 diabees, cardiovascular disease, and digestive cancers.
    • Lack of essential nutrients like vitamin C, D and some B vitamins; Calcium; and phytochemicals.
    • No long-term solutions- ketosis is meant to be an emergency, a backup system. It is a natural occurrence that should only happen when your body is about to go through starvation due to lack of food.
    • Fatigue and Irritabiity
    • Inability to perform regular sustained exercise

    And if you think to yourself, “I’ll just take supplements”, think again! Your body loves getting what it needs from actual whole foods, not supplements.

    Takeaway: Opt for simple and sustainable, no drastic measures Your body thrives on a consistently balanced diet. That includes Carbohydrates, Proteins and Healthy Fats, with plenty of Micronutrients. Use your palm as a guide of how much of each macronutrient to eat every meal.

    #4 DO NOT…

    waste your money on weight-loss pills.

    The Rehab Spot wrote, “The short-term effects of stimulant-type diet pills include a rush of energy, increased blood pressure and heart rate, flushed skin, dizziness, and dry mouth. Continued use of these pills can lead to insomnia, constipation, pulmonary hypertension, heart valve diseases, and withdrawal symptoms if the person stops taking them. Persistent use of appetite suppressants commonly causes headaches, dizziness, and a range of bowel troubles. Likewise, fat inhibitors are known to cause unpleasant oily spotting, gas, and similar gastrointestinal issues.

    Nuts.com wrote,  While many pills are often marketed as a healthy and natural solution, they should be approached with extreme caution. There have been numerous cases over the past few years where the claims made by diet pill producers have been proven false or unsubstantiated. For example, the FTC sued a weight loss pill producer for misleading advertising in 2008. And in 2014, a congressional hearing was held to investigate dietary allegations made against Dr. Oz. Because most diet pills are not regulated by the FDA, it can be hard—nearly impossible—to know exactly what is in the product… Fat absorption prevention pills aren’t much better. The ingredients in this kind of diet pill prevent the body from absorbing dietary fat. Instead, they redirect and push out fat through the colon. Because of this, the pill also prevents the body from absorbing many nutrients that are fat soluble, such as vitamins A, D, and E.”

    Takeaway: Stay away from diet pills and even fat absorption pills. Short cuts are short lived. Prioritize finding something that will work for you ad continue working for you long term.

    I hope this shines some light for you. We have overcomplicated good nutrition. I aways like to think to myself, “How did my ancestor live 2,000 years ago?” On my next blog I explore 3 simple principles to help you find what works for YOU.

    Keep it simple.

    Do it right.

    Happy Living,

    Ferly

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