So what kind of misinformation is out there? Here is an example… let’s talk about bananas. In recent years I have been blown over by the statements from people I encounter in my travels and speaking engagements that tell me they don’t eat bananas because of the sugar. They believe eating bananas will make them fat.
Yes, bananas are on the higher end of the glycemic index but we aren’t talking about a snack cake or candy bar. We are talking about a whole food that grew in the ground and provides a multitude of benefits such as:
Helps combat depression
Are a great pre-workout snack to boost energy
Helps protect against workout cramps and night cramps
Can help build bone density
Improves mood and reduce symptoms of PMS
Helps to lower blood pressure
Helps to combat anemia
And those are just a few of the benefits of adding a banana to your day.
You see, bananas do not make us fat. Eating more processed foods, lack of daily movement in our jobs and inconsistent, or non-existent, exercise sessions are the reason body fat levels are going up and waistbands are expanding.
Please do not place the blame on the shoulders of that bunch of bananas at the grocery store. It really isn’t their fault.
My good friend and colleague Steve Payne of More Than Exercise has a quote that I have used often times as a personal trainer and fitness coach over the last several years to help my clients get the big picture when it comes to nutrition.
“If it ran around or grew in the ground you can eat it.” Coach Payne
Think about that for a second.
Don’t worry about Paleo, Atkins, Keto, South Beach, low fat, high fat, no fat, etc…just seek out whole foods and eat them.
Of course there is a lot more to it than this but we tend to overcomplicate what can and should be a very simple concept regarding nutrition.
Here is another example:
Do you get headaches? It is highly unlikely you have an Ibuprofen deficiency but I am betting you pop down two tablets in the middle of the day without even thinking, right? Ibuprofen deficiency - that is a joke! - but let’s look at some real reasons that you may have that headache:
Lack of sleep
Consistent use of any anti-inflammatory over time is not good for your health so how empowering is it to know that you could solve your headache riddle by managing stress, taking an Epsom salt bath once a week and/or a magnesium supplement, get a little more sleep and increase the amount of water you drink daily. Remember, you don’t have to do all of these things at once. Just start with increasing
hydration and see if that solves the problem before looking at the next possible option.
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