As much as I wish I could say otherwise, our current state of health is positively abysmal.
- Seven out of ten US adults have at least one chronic condition, and shockingly, so do 54 percent of our children.
- Three out of four of us are overweight or obese.
- Eight out of ten of us are medicated.
What in the world is going on?!
Well, there are many factors that play into whether someone will develop a sickness or disease.
Genetics, stress, exercise habits (or lack thereof), smoking, drug use, medication use (yes, you read that right), and excessive alcohol consumption can all put you in the land of the diagnosed.
But arguably, the biggest influence that will dictate your level of health is your DIET!
When it comes to diet, trust me, there are people who make some of the worst mistakes in the world and don’t make the connection between their diet and level of health.
What makes this worse is that many doctors are clueless about diet or think it doesn’t matter. I guess that’s not surprising since doctors take only one measly nutrition course in four years of medical school.
But this is your lucky day because yours truly has a Master’s in the subject…and I’m going to tell it like it is, because you need to hear these words. Now.
The 5 diet mistakes that guarantee sickness & disease
1) You think all fats are bad
I recently had breakfast with a nurse practitioner who questioned my menu choice—easy-over eggs, avocado and salsa. She opted for a bagel with fat-free cream cheese instead.
Where do I begin?
First, I think a nurse practitioner should know that good fats like eggs and avocado are essential nutrients…that is, if you want a healthy brain and nervous system and want to make hormones, among other things.
But the bigger issue here is that she thought a blob of refined carbs (aka a bagel which turns to sugar upon digestion and screws up your microbiome) topped with fake cream cheese is actually healthy!
Please get this into your head—good fats like real butter, eggs, avocado, full-fat dairy, meats, poultry, fish, olive oil and lard are GOOD for you. Fake fats and processed vegetable oils are not.
2) You think sugar-free is a good choice
People are on the right track with thinking sugar is bad—after all, it can cause gut imbalances, yeast overgrowth, make you pack on the pounds and feeds cancer cells, among other things.
But the common alternatives—artificial sweeteners—are no better. In fact, they can be even worse!
Studies have linked aspartame (aka NutraSweet® and Equal®) to cancer, brain damage and premature delivery in pregnant women, worsening insulin sensitivity, blurred vision, retinal damage and blindness, behavioral disturbances, nerve pain, muscle weakness and memory lapses, to name a few.
Sucralose (Splenda®) has been shown in research to cause leukemia and other blood cancers, weight gain, digestive issues (including IBS, Crohn’s and leaky gut), and it can create carcinogenic compounds when heated (even though it’s recommended for baking!).
And the friendly bacteria found in your intestinal tract become downright TOXIC when exposed to artificial sweeteners!
If you want a calorie-free sweetener, opt for stevia.
3) You think calories are all that matters
There are still a fair number of calorie counters out there, so hear this—what you should be worried about is nutrients—not calories!
Here’s what I mean—a 4oz. grilled tenderloin steak has 303 calories, and a cupcake has 304.
Which do you think is the better choice?
I don’t care that they are basically equal in calories—one will nourish you and the other will cause harm to your gut and widen your backside.
Make nutritious choices and eat until you are comfortably full. You’ll have no need to count calories.
4) You don’t consider what you’re drinking
I can’t tell you the number of times I have seen someone order a salad (or other healthy choice) for lunch and a soda to drink.
See anything wrong with that picture?
What you drink is just as important as what you eat, especially if you indulge in the vile poison that is called soda.
And please don’t make the mistake of thinking that diet soda is any better. If necessary, re-read number 2 above.
When it comes to beverages, filtered water is your best option. Unsweetened teas are also good choices.
5) You think you’re home-free because you take a multi-vitamin
Vitamins are designed to supplement a HEALTHY diet—not be a replacement for said diet, or even worse, to undo the effects of an UNHEALTHY diet!
No vitamin formula in the world can provide the level of nutrients you derive from a nutritious whole foods diet.
Where vitamin formulas (like our very own Super Core) are helpful is to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of ALL essential nutrients, since our food supply is less nutritious than it once was, and also many people may have trouble absorbing nutrients from food.
But taking a multi-vitamin is NEVER an excuse for a poor diet!
Now you know what not to do!
Now that I’ve pointed out the biggest diet mistakes, you know what you shouldn’t be doing!
But you may be wondering what you SHOULD do, so here are a few places to start:
First of all, if you’ve been a refined carb-o-holic or soda drinker for a while, chances are excellent your microbiome is waving the white flag of defeat. In that case, Super Shield PLUS multi-strain probiotic formula can help turn that around for you.
If you’ve been a low-fat disciple for as long as you can remember, you may be lacking in one of the most important fats of all—Omega-3 essential fatty acids. In addition to incorporating more fatty fish into your diet, a fish oil formula like VitalMega-3 can help ensure you have healthful levels of these crucial fats.
And if you have some questions or don’t know where to start, book a FREE 30-minute consultation with me! We’ll talk about your concerns, I’ll answer your questions, and we’ll come up with an action plan to get you on the road to better health!
To your health,