Clean eating, organic food, and diet books: here’s why we’re all confused about nutrition

Clean eating, organic food, and diet books: here’s why we’re all confused about nutrition

The web is full of insanity. From political candidates bashing each others wives, to bad dog lip reading videos, it’s amazing anyone can get anything accomplished with a web browser open. 

Even more surprising, is how people actually wade through the knee deep piles of fitness and nutrition bull to actually make lasting changes. The fact that you’re here, reading this means that you are already leaps and bounds ahead of most people trying to get fit. You’re committed to science, sustainability, and sanity. 

If you’ve ever felt confused by what people say online about food and fitness, you’re not alone. With the abundance of information and conflicting view points, it doesn’t take long to find contradicting advice from multiple sources. 

To help you wade through the confusion, here are five articles that you need to check out. 

The truth about “Clean Eating – In this article on Fitness Reloaded, Maria explains why the “rules” of clean eating are totally wrong, while thoroughly debunking some of the biggest myths in food and health. You’re going down detox diets, genetic modification, and going organic. If knowledge is power, then reading this article will give you fad-busting super powers. 

Why you might not want to buy organic – And speaking of organic, Forbes contributor Steven Savage gives a credible case against buying organic – with food safety, environmental safety, and ethics in mind. I spent many years racking up a way-too-high grocery bill in the name of doing what was best for my body and the environment. This article does a great job of explaining why eating organic just isn’t necessary. 

“How the fitness industry gets rich doing nothing” – Is it a strange paradox that the more money our culture spends on fitness, the less fit we seem to be? This article does a great job describing the problem with the majority of the fitness industry. “When dealing with obesity and chronic disease, we need to recognize that the mainstream diet and fitness industry is not in the business of solving these problems. It is simply in the business of profiting from them.

When doctors write diet books – Vox’s Julia Belluz takes down diet dogma promoted by doctors. Doctors?! The people who have studied the science. The people who you think know their stuff. The people who you trust have your back. Feel betrayed? Me too. She also recommends some awesome doctors who do know their stuff and share truth rather than fads. 

The reason you feel obsessed with food when you diet – Kelsey Miller from Refinery 29’s Anti-Diet Project digs deep into the psychological consequences of food restriction as shown in the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. For example: “Food became the sole source of fascination and motivation. Many men began obsessively collecting recipes (“Stayed up until 5 a.m. last night studying cookbooks,” wrote one). They found themselves distracted by constant daydreams of food.” Sound familiar? 

If you want to bust through the hype and fads and develop a healthier relationship with food and your body, these articles are required reading. 

And don’t forget to pick up a free copy of my fad-free diet-free guide to eating well, Never Diet Again. 

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