Friday, August 29, 2014
Summer Shorts 2014, #3 Why I don't use the the word "healthy" anymore
I don't use the word "healthy" anymore to describe foods. It's so over used, has no standard definition and big food and poor science tosses the "healthy' label onto everything and anything to sell, sell. Snack bars filled with processed ingredients. (be sure to check out the name of the boat...;) )
Even places like health care institutions, weight loss brands using the word "healthy" on canola, rapeseed oil. Out of date, high inflammatory oils, in my opinion.
"Healthy Low-Fat" but lets turn our eyes away from the chemical storm 20 other ingredients. Whaaat??!! Science out dated much? How about real, whole, fresh food rather than processed food product.
Even a very popular brand of coconut milk in the Paleo Space has organic guar gum. Organic Guar gum triggers me to binge eat. Is that "healthy". No, not for me. but maybe guar gum is okay for the masses. Good for them. Not so much for me.
Healthy will depend on the individual molecular genetic make up of the person, your age, your susceptibility to processed chemicals.
I hope all of you reading this are not still using the word "healthy" on package to determine your food choices. I'll bet most of my readers are way smarter than that, but have a look around on your foods. Do they really decrease your harmful biomarkers and increase the lower risk gene expression?
Thanks for the inspiration from my bloggy friend, Marion over at Affection for Fitness and her Health Halo recent post.
What's working now:
1. Eating real, whole foods that are not packaged
2. Eating low inflammatory foods (for me)
3. Observing how my body feels after eating a food
4. Reading more up-to-date information that what is published by big food/poor science
What did not work in the past:
1. Eating frozen diet dinners, bars and other things with the "Healthy" label- they weren't
2. Eating oatmeal, grains, and muffins because they were "Heart Healthy". A high hs-CRP made me sick, by the way. Kicking these foods to the curb was the healthiest thing I could ever do.
3. Feeling so sick all the time, I had no idea that massive amounts of bloating, gas, pain and puffiness was really a sign I needed to stop eating those food products. I never had a day off for many years to feel well.
4. Not reading enough current information to make good decisions about my health and body.
I'll bet that in the past my readers have been drawn into the "healthy" food "brand". Cereal, Cereal bars, baked chips, low fat , Canola Oil, and muffins, were all my smug health halo foods. What where yours? Here's to eating real food!