A Nutritionist's Guide to Navigating Nutritional Trends
Hello there, I'm Molly, your friendly neighborhood nutritionist and food coach. In a world where nutritional trends seem to change as often as the weather, it can be challenging to decipher what's truly beneficial for our well-being. In my practice as a nutritionist, I aim to be honest and straightforward about nutrition without getting caught up in the latest fads. I'm here to help you develop healthy habits one day at a time, steering clear of drastic changes or short-term fixes. In my practice as a nutritionist there is always an underlying purpost to meet the wellness needs of individuals who have been bombarded by a negative diet culture.
The Confusion of Nutritional Trends
Sometimes, it's hard to keep up with the ever-shifting landscape of nutritional trends. Are eggs "in" or "out"? Do we battle "good" carbs against "bad" carbs? Does eating fat make you fat? These questions often leave us feeling bewildered and anxious about our food choices.
First of all, let's establish that these swings and trends aren't sound nutritional advice, nor are they rooted in long-term research. As a nutritionist and nutrition coach, it is my never ending goal to support clients with read, science and research based advice and nothing more. Sure, there are alternatives to consider for individual needs. However, overall, most people can find the food they need at the grocery store they like. Let's address some of these common misconceptions:
1. The Egg Dilemma
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse, and they don't deserve the reputation of being a dietary villain. In fact, they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available in their natural form. Most people can enjoy up to 2 eggs per day without concern. It's essential to recognize that eating cholesterol-rich foods like eggs doesn't necessarily raise your cholesterol levels. It's actually the consumption of sugar, white flour, and fried foods that tends to increase cholesterol and contribute to health issues. So now, hopefully you’re enjoying eggs. Here is an article on types of eggs to consider.
2. Deciphering Carbohydrates
"Carbs" is short for carbohydrates, which encompass a wide range of foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. Unfortunately, the diet industry has led to confusion by simplifying "carbs" to mean only bread and sugar, labeling them as "bad." This oversimplification doesn't reflect the complexity and diversity of carbohydrates in our diet. One of my recipes involves some beautiful nourishing carbohydrates that you should enjoy!
3. The Truth About Dietary Fat
Eating fat does not inherently make you gain weight. In reality, fat plays a crucial role in our health by lubricating our joints, supporting brain function, and aiding in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. It's the consumption of highly processed foods like white bread, sugar, and fried foods that often leads to weight gain. More on fat in this article: What to Think About Fat.
Amidst these nutritional debates, there is one category of food that has consistently stood the test of time: naturally green foods. Greens have never fallen in and out of favor, never been polarizing, and have never been dismissed as unhealthy. They have been a vital part of human nutrition for millions of years.
The Evergreen Power of Greens
Greens have been, and continue to be, essential to our health. Here's why:
Blood Cleansers: Greens play a crucial role in cleansing our blood, helping to remove toxins and maintain overall health.
Energy Boosters: The nutrients in greens provide a sustainable source of energy that can fuel our workouts and aid in post-exercise recovery.
Vitamin and Mineral Rich: Greens are a treasure trove of essential vitamins and minerals, contributing to your overall well-being.
Hydration Heroes: When it comes to post-workout hydration, greens and green juices are at the top of the list, providing the nutrients your body craves.
As we explore sustainable wellness, it's essential to embrace the enduring power of greens and green food. Incorporating them into your daily routine can help you maintain a balanced diet and support your journey toward healthier habits. Whether in salads, smoothies, or as a side dish, greens are a timeless choice for nourishing your body.
Nutritionist's coaching tip: It is important to note that this doesn’t mean you need an abundance of greens. Also enjoy a variety. Eating the same green in abundance can cause abdominal discomfort. There is a fine line between having greens for the nutrients they hold and overdoing it and therefore feeling discomfort. Greens have oxalates. As humans we can handle some oxalates while enjoying the benefits as well. Cups and cups of spinach in a green smoothie daily, for example, could lead to stomach aches and/or constipation. A little goes a long way when it comes to greens.
A Call to Action: Embrace Sustainable Wellness
If you're ready to make simple, sustainable changes to your nutrition habits, I invite you to connect with me, Molly The Nutritionist, through my website https://www.eatrealfoodnutrition.com/book-online. Together, we can work towards a healthier, more balanced lifestyle that doesn't succumb to the chaos of diet culture. I'm here to guide you one step at a time, empowering you to make choices that support your long-term well-being.
In addition to www.eatrealfoodnutrition.com, don't forget to explore local contacts and resources for even more culinary adventures. Whether it's finding local farmers' markets, organic food suppliers, or like-minded individuals, your local community has much to offer on your path to sustainable wellness.
Remember, the journey to better nutrition is about nurturing your body and embracing a healthier way of life. Let's make nutrition simple, enjoyable, and sustainable, one day at a time. Here's to your well-being!