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Fitness, nutrition, and other awesomeness

In today’s world of highly processed foods there seems to be a never ending barrage of “health gurus” telling you how you should and should not eat. The most popular bits of “wisdom” are to not eat anything you can’t pronounce and to avoid chemicals. On the surface this can sound like good advice, but it’s actually a very juvenile approach and downright wrong. Unfortunately these people tend to speak the loudest and with more and more people being aware/concerned about their health and the health of their family (which is a good thing) their messages are being spread and sadly overshadowing the truth.

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The truth is that everything is made up of chemicals. Ever heard of the phrase ‘the dose makes the poison’? It truly does. Take for example di-hydrogen monoxide; in large quantities it can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and death. Sounds really scary right? Definitely not something you would want to feed your child. Except that di-hydrogen monoxide is water. We drink it everyday, usually without incidence. That’s because it’s only toxic in very large doses. The same can be true of anything you eat or drink.

That’s certainly not to say that it doesn’t matter what you eat; cheetos and blueberries are not created equal. The nutrient density of your food absolutely matters. You will get a greater volume of food and a lot more nutrients in 100 calories worth of blueberries than 100 calories worth of cheetos. My point is that you don’t need to, nor should you be dogmatic in what you eat. No food is truly good or bad. Should you eat pop tarts for breakfast every morning? Probably not. They aren’t the best option because they’re loaded with sugar and don’t have a lot of nutrient value. There are plenty of reasons to choose whole foods such as lean meats, veggies, fruits over highly processed foods such as cookies, chips, and pop tarts. However ‘they’re made of chemicals’ isn’t one of them.

It can be tough to wade through all the misinformation out there and know what’s true. I’m here to help you wade through all the info and promise to do my best to help fight the onslaught of misinformation. It can be easy to be deceived, their messages sound good. My best piece of advice is if it sounds simplistic and they don’t offer any real evidence to back it up your alarm should be going off. Do a little digging, find a qualified professional¬† who can provide clarity. And remember don’t take anything at face value (that even goes for yours truly).