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12 Days of Fitness Truth 2010: Simple Rules For Eating Healthy – Day 3

December 15, 2010 0 Comments

simple-eating-healthy-habitsEvery year, particularly this time of year, someone comes out with some breakthrough eating plan to end all diets and nutrition scams forever. Don’t eat this; don’t eat that; eat only before a certain time; eat only after a certain time; eat while standing on your head. OK.  I made that one up.  The point is, they’re all laughable to the point where anyone can come up with some gimmick of there own; which in most cases is exactly what happens.  A gimmick, not a diet, is introduced and it becomes hot for a while until people realize it doesn’t work and worse yet, discover they’re heavier than before they even started.

It’s Not Easy, But Not as Hard as its Made Out to Be Either

First, you need to come to the realization that food science and marketing in recent decades has taken over all of the REAL food out of our grocery stores to the point that at LEAST 90% of everything in a modern-day grocery store is NOT true food anymore. As nutritionist Michael Pollan calls it, “Edible Food-Like Substances”, is what the so-called “food” that lines our grocery store shelves should be more appropriately named. Our food supply has become so overly processed, that it’s not uncommon for a simple snack food to contain a list of 20-30 ingredients of additives, chemicals, flavorings, colorings, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, artificial sweeteners, and more.  The good news – it can all be easily avoided by adhering to three simple principles.

Three Simple Steps

  1. Eat only foods that are 1 ingredient. Simple. This means sticking almost solely to these:  eggs, fruits, veggies, nuts, and meats.
  2. If it comes in a box and you left it out for 6 months, would it still look the same? If so, that’s something you should seriously think about eating less.
  3. If you can’t identify more than half of the ingredients on the box (because I know there are those who will still insist on eating convenient, not nutritious packaged items), you should think twice about putting that into your body. Would you knowingly injest butylated hydroxyanisole without knowing what it is?  Chances are, you probably already do.

Remember, marketing and science are farther apart than they ever were when it comes to nutrition.  Marketing sells product; science dictates health.  You decide.

See you tomorrow for Day 4 of the 12 Days of Fitness Truth.

About the Author:

Jeff Harrison is a fitness coach based in Pottstown, PA. He received a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Penn State University and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist (ACE-AHFS). Jeff's articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals as well as consumer oriented websites and magazines.

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