Healthy Food Lessons 101
Class description and objectives: Learn to eliminate the myths, misinformation, hype and hysteria by obtaining accurate, reputable and science-based information. Avoid prevailing populist tendencies that ignore science and create fear, and instead, seek out the real facts. You’ll walk away with a renewed, responsible attitude about being a savvy and sensible food selector.
Who should take this class: Anyone interested in a healthy, wholesome and positive food relationship.
- Clean Eating. Clean eating is not a science-based approach to balanced and healthy eating for optimal health. “Healthy, whole and unprocessed foods” are the mainstay of this bogus philosophy that only sets you up for angst, fear and guilt. Clean eating doesn’t incorporate balance of all food choices, or even enjoyment, in my opinion. Instead, it creates excessive mental stress, anxiety and obsessive behavior with food. “Don’t eat foods with ingredients your grandmother wouldn’t recognize or ingredients you can’t pronounce” is also a short-sighted, unbalanced and obsessive food behavior.
- Detox Diets. You don’t need to detox. Your body is already an expert at eliminating any potential food-related toxins through the normal digestion processes. Detox diets that are extremely low-calorie and eliminate entire food groups can even be dangerous for those with certain medical conditions. You may think you’ve lost weight after a detox diet, but chances are extremely high you’ll gain it back. Highly restrictive ways of eating are rarely sustainable or healthy.
- Sugar and Hyperactivity in Kids. Sugar is not toxic. Nor does it cause hyperactivity in children. It is a scientific fact that sugar doesn’t give you any nutrients other than a source of carbohydrate calories. The goal is to enjoy sugar in moderation, as we’d all agree it’s not healthy to have too much sugar or have it instead of, rather than along with, foods from the five nutrient-rich food groups. As for the hyperactivity allegation that became widely popular in the 1970s, no reputable, evidence-based science has ever found sugar to cause hyperactivity.