Tonight I found myself watching a celebrity news TV show. Why? Good question, I have no clue. They are not my cup of tea.
As happens during almost every episode or in every magazine nowadays, a celebrity looses a significant amount of weight, puzzlingly by following a new diet that is sworn to be the cure all solution for weight loss.
This celebrity had dropped a large amount of weight without exercise **GASP** by reading a book and following a diet that eliminated some vegetables and whole grains like brown rice, wheat, and oats.
In my field of nutrition, I’ve realized that our learning never ceases and nutrition research is continuous. There will always be a new finding, a new correlation, a new casual relationship, new suggestions, and new perspectives emerging in this field, and that is good. The hard part is deciphering through all those ideas and interpreting the truth.
I used to think that as a student of this discipline I had to take into account and almost stick up for any nutrition research study that emerged. We all are in the same boat in nutrition, are we not? Sadly, I don’t think we are.
Rather than taking nutrition research at face-value, I now interpret and determine for myself if the research is study or claim that I deem credible. Spoiler alert: This ain’t one of them.
I may not know everything, but I do know this… Any eating practice or lifestyle that instructs you to avoid a certain food item, or worse, a food group (dairy, meat, fruit, vegetables, carbs) that you have culturally grown up eating is a DIET and is not sustainable.
I know that whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat, and oats are foods that can provide our bodies with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and calories that they need and can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and more.
I also know this reigns true also for vegetables. All vegetables. Dear gosh, please don’t stop eating vegetables. Eat more of them. Even if you think you eat enough of them, eat more.
Eat foods, all of them. Eat food just as it was grown and eat food that is processed. Enjoy it. Don’t over-do it.
Don’t be a Tina.
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