by Judee Shipman
One of the best ways to maintain Well Health is to eat sensibly, exercise moderately, and for God sake people, stop giving a fuck about how fabulously well you think your friends and other people on Facebook are doing.
I can tell you without even knowing your "friends" that people who spend so much time posting selfies on Facebook are not doing especially well at all.
Yet, so many of us take seriously the advice given by social media "influencers" who will have you believe they know everything. That's why so many nutrition myths exist.
To help clear things up, here are 10 Common Myths About Nutrition:
TOP 10 NUTRITION MYTHS
MYTH 1: Everyone should take vitamins.
There is nothing wrong with taking vitamins, but there is no hard evidence that people who take vitamin supplements are healthier than those who don’t. Primarily, we get the vitamins we need from the foods we eat, as long as we make common-sense nutritional choices. Vitamin supplements are essentially harmless if not misused, but they are not cost effective for everyone.
MYTH 2: Don’t eat too close to bedtime.
Whether or not this statement is true really depends on the individual. Some people eat near bedtime and it doesn’t bother them at all, while others may feel quite sick if they eat too late in the evening.
Yet, many of us enjoy a “midnight snack”, and then go right back to sleep with no ill effects.
So this statement is a broad generalization at best. There is no evidence that following this advice leads to well health, or even better health.
MYTH 3: White sugar is more unhealthy than other types of sugar.
Somewhere along the line, white sugar got a bad rap. Yet, white sugar is no less healthy (and contains no more calories) than the same quantity of brown sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup, honey, agave nectar, xylitol, or any other natural sweetener. In fact, all foods are fine in moderation for people of normal health.
MYTH 4: Red meat is bad for you.
It is not the red meat that is unhealthy, but the fat contained within the meat. Although a little bit of fat in our diets is a good thing, the red meats we are used to eating are farm raised (as opposed to wild caught), so the fat content is relatively high in beef.
In stark contrast, red meat from wild caught game is some of the healthiest food on earth. You might notice from scanning the food calorie lists in these pages that, ounce for ounce, beef contains more than five times the calories of venison.
MYTH 5: A vegan diet is a heathy diet.
Not necessarily. The definition of a vegan diet is a diet in which NO animal products are consumed. That means no meat and no dairy.
It also means that if you ate nothing but French fries and brown sugar all day every day, you’d still be on a vegan diet for the remainder of your tragically short life.
So a "vegan" diet should not be equated with well health, necessarily.
The most important thing about a healthy vegan diet is to be sure you get enough protein. Protein comes from any of four food groups: Meat, dairy, beans (especially tofu), and nuts.
If you eliminate meat and dairy, you need to eat extra beans and nuts.
MYTH 6: Protein drinks and protein bars are necessary following vigorous exercise.
Another successful marketing campaign. Many such products are densely packed with calories, and are nothing more than glorified junk food.
Energy bars contribute nothing to general well health. In fact, all those extra calories will actually negate some of the benefits of the exercise.
If you exercise so much that you need special supplements, then you are overexercising. The only thing you really need after a rigorous workout is a light, healthy meal and an unlimited supply of fresh water. And maybe a bath.
MYTH 7: To know how you should look, compare yourself to others of the same height and gender.
This is a HORRIBLE idea that can easily lead to an eating disorder, or low self esteem at the very least.
Since no two bodies are alike, how anyone else looks has nothing to do with how you should look. Two people of the same height, gender, and even the same weight can have vastly different physiques.
Here’s a fast and easy five-step plan for determining how you should look:
That’s how you should look.
MYTH 8: Fat is bad.
Only certain types of fat are unhealthy. These are called saturated fats, and are found in oils and fatty meats, but even saturated fat (along with everything else) is okay in moderation.
Other types of fats are found in bananas, avocados, salmon, and dairy products, for instance. These are healthy fats.
Still, we don’t need too much fat. In fact, the amount of fat the average person really needs in a day to stay healthy can be found in half a banana.
MYTH 9: Nuts are fattening.
Not especially. Nuts contain some fat, but animal fats are the kind we have to use sparingly.
Nuts (and/or seeds) are also essential to a healthy vegan diet, as people need protein from at least two food groups in order to be getting “enough” protein.
One quarter cup of chopped nuts contains anywhere from 175 to 240 calories, depending on the type of nut. Pistachios have the lowest calorie content of all nuts commonly available in supermarkets. Peanuts and macadamia nuts have the highest.
MYTH 10: Eat this. It’s Natural!
This is an uneducated but often spoken remark. It is usually based on something someone thinks they read online somewhere, as they shove some unfamiliar food item into your face, expecting you to swallow it with no questions asked.
For one example, countless uninformed bloggers have contended that honey is “better” than white sugar because honey is “natural.”
And what is sugar? Unnatural?? Made from plastic???
ALL foods are natural, which means derived from nature. What else would natural mean?
Still, we shouldn’t necessarily eat something just because it’s natural. Dog poop is natural, but that doesn’t mean we should eat it.
According to some licensed nutritionists, “natural” foods are foods with no chemical additives like artificial colors and flavorings. Avoiding artificial ingredients seems like a good idea, as a rule. Somehow, common sense dictates that natural foods are better.
Natural flavors taste better anyway, but it’s nothing to obsess over: Most packaged foods (and even some fresh foods bought in stores) are treated with preservatives and other chemicals.
However, most of us have no idea when this is the case, unless we farm our own foods, which is impractical at best.
INTRODUCTION (You Are Here)
CHAPTER 1 (Wealth Through Exercise)
CHAPTER 2 (Fitness the Old Fashioned Way)
CHAPTER 3 (11 Common Exercise Myths)
CHAPTER 4 (Food List and Well Health)
CHAPTER 5 (Well Health And More)
CHAPTER 6 (Alternative Well Health And Exercise)
CHAPTER 7 (How To Eat Whatever You Want)
CHAPTER 8 (Well Health and Nutrition Myths)
CHAPTER 9 (How To Start Saving Money)
CHAPTER 10 (How To Keep Saving Money)
CHAPTER 11 (List of high paying Jobs)
CHAPTER 12 (Real Estate Investments)
CHAPTER 13 (Stock Market Investments and More)
CHAPTER 14 (Wealth Building Strategies)
CHAPTER 15 (The Short Road To Happiness)
CHAPTER 16 (Spiritual Wealth)
CHAPTER 17 (Delicious Healthy Recipes)
CHAPTER 18 (More Recipes)
CHAPTER 19 (More Recipes)
CHAPTER 20 (More Recipes)
CHAPTER 21 (Sweet Treats YOU Deserve)