With the over saturation of the media and information these days, it can be very difficult to decide for yourself what to believe is true, especially when it comes to your health and the foods you put in your body. It’s not unheard of to hear that one food is bad for you and causes some fatal disease, only to be told to eat it in abundance six months later.. We live in a very mixed-up, muddled up, shook up world, and sometimes you learn what you thought you knew wasn’t correct at all.
Here’s a link to the complete list of Health & Diet Myths, while I touch up thoughts on a few.
1.) It’s best to eat three meals – Actually, it’s best to spread out your meals into 6 smaller ones throughout the day to keep your energy levels consistent, but they suggest 3 regular meals and 2-3 “strategic snacks.” Personally, this has been one of my biggest issues, in that, sometimes I miss lunch, or don’t dinner until 9, 10 pm. While trying to juggle a job, school and a personal life, sometimes the last thing on my mind is how big my meal is, but how soon until it’s devoured into my stomach. Eating smaller portions regularly is one of my biggest goals of the year, and one I have already begun to work on.
2.) Skipping meals can help you lose weight – As I stated above, I have a very inconsistent eating schedule, and it hasn’t been apparent until the past year or so that I realized the importance in eating breakfast every single morning. It’s very easy to skip lunch and think it’s OK to pick up those extra calories come dinner time, when in reality, you’re just making it harder on your body and your metabolism.
3.) You need 38g. of fiber/day – Um, ok..? According to this article, 38g. is near impossible, and I’ll take their word for it. In fact, to eat a completely balanced diet day-in & day-out seems like the ultimate challenge for a human, so I’ll take the advice of “eating sensibly” and “avoiding processed foods” as enough to take care of my digestive system.
What a good, healthy diet truly comes down to is being sensible. Sure, you can eat that overloaded Mexican burrito gooping in cheese and steak, but you know you’re going to pay for that down the road, in some fashion. To be more healthy requires more self-discipline and self-awareness as to what you put in your body, not counting every stinking calorie or worrying if you got enough Vitamin D for the day. Stay smart and start paying attention more, and soon enough, your body will thank you.