It’s been 9 years since I started on my journey towards eating healthy and losing weight. I have lost over 100 lbs and for the most part kept the weight off (minus a few pounds – or 10 – here & there). Now in my 9th year, I am more confused than ever. As soon as I had a way of eating down pat, I would come to discover that maybe it wasn’t so healthy for me after all. *Enter very frustrated and annoyed GIF here.* With all of the conflicting information on what is healthy vs. what isn’t, I came to the conclusion that the best results were to basically eat air. At least that would be safe. Well, minus the toxins in the air.
5 Reasons Why I Don’t Know What To Eat
1. Wheat Is Good For You… Or Is It?? Well, depends on you ask. The Sugar Buster’s Diet (which was the reason I lost all my weight) taught whole wheat vs. white flour products were good for you. I recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant and now eat gluten-free. There are arguments on both sides on whether or not to eat wheat. I can say from personal experience my health is better since eliminating wheat/gluten from my diet completely. Source
2. Good Fats vs Bad Fats Another source of conflict. There are proponents for eating healthy fats (organic grass-fed beef, dairy, etc) as much as you like and those who say in moderation. Then there is the ages old no fat at all is best. Who do you believe? As for me, right now, I am eating healthy fats (coconut oil, Kerry Gold Butter, Olive Oil). Source
3. Dairy For years we have been told to eat yogurt, cheese and drink our milk in order to receive calcium and have strong bones. We are now hearing that dairy causes inflammation and cow’s milk was not meant for human consumption. What to believe? :-/ As my options are already limited and I seem to tolerate dairy well, I do continue to eat dairy but have changed what I eat. I now eat Organic Greek Yogurt (full fat). I eat cheese occasionally and stick to the serving size. Source
4. Eggs I have heard eggs are very nutritious and should be a part of healthy diet & it does not affect cholesterol levels. Some say they should be avoided because of the cholesterol content. I’ve read no yolk is better (although the nutrition is in the yolk) and only eat the egg whites. In prior research, I also discovered it depends on how the egg is cooked or whether it is still healthy for you (oxidation). Sigh. With eggs being one of my favorite, I continue to eat them. I try to choose Organic, free range eggs from chickens fed a healthy diet (non-GMO feed). They are sometimes hard to find, but I just do the best I can and leave it at that. I am looking forward to Farmer’s Market in the spring to try to get some local sourced eggs, from an organic farmer. Source, Source 2
5. Grains, Legumes & Nuts Are Bad For You? After discovering I needed to eat gluten-free, I relied more on grains, legumes (rice, quinoa, lentils) and nuts (almond butter, sunflower seeds) as a healthy part of my diet. Until I was introduced to the wonderful word (sarcasm) phytates. Foods with phytic acid present are said to leach much-needed minerals out of your body. Wow, another one bites the dust. I have read and re-read Weston Price’s research on the subject. I now only eat them sparingly and organic versus it making up a large part of my diet. I know sprouting is best to help reduce the phytic content, but I haven’t gotten to that level yet. Source 1, Source 2
While deciding what to eat and how to eat can be extremely frustrating and overwhelming (especially for those who try to eat healthy), it is best to take what you find on the internet with a grain of salt. Everyone has their reasons for why the believe a certain way is better and it can be rather convincing. My advice is to do your own research, follow your intuition and listen to your body. Ultimately, it is your health and your body will let you know what is best. Although the past few months have been challenging trying to navigate yet another new way of eating, the following websites have been very helpful. You may not agree with everything they say, but I believe they are a great starting point. Check out:
Do you share my frustration? Do you have any tips or comments? Share below!