I recently read an article from the New York Times titled “The Myth of High Protein Diets.” The article went on to say that eating meat is bad and that everyone should switch over to a plant based diet. Most of what this article says I can agree with, up to a certain point. Eating more plants, less sugar, refined and processed foods and drinking more water will move any unhealthy person in the right direction; that is pretty simple. But is meat really all bad?
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Why do most diets fail? Because many of the foods that we eat today are biologically addictive. That means that our food is so chemically engineered that it tricks our brains into thinking that our stomach needs more. This brings me to our current view on diets and of those who are overweight and obese. Do Americans simply have a complete lack of willpower or is food addiction a real thing?
As promised, here is a follow up post with details from my weekend.
I get these types of questions from people a lot: "What do you eat every day? Do you ever splurge? Do you drink wine? How do you manage eating during the holidays?" So, after much ado, I thought I'd share a peak into my wellness over the past four days.
Before I started focusing on integrative nutrition and holistic health, I was a total diet freak. I was rigorous about what I ate, had incredibly high standards for exercise and would punish myself for missing a day at the gym or eating something just a little bit "bad". I thought that if my diets was perfect and I exercised enough, then I would look like a Victorias Secret model. Well, surprise, surprise....I was miserable and hated how I looked. I couldn't sleep at night, I was stressed out of my mind and I wasn't in as great of shape as I should have been for how rigorous I was with my diet and exercise.
You know that rush you get when you're shopping a sale on Black Friday or see that your favorite pair of shoes just went on sale? I had that feeling today; your heart starts fluttering, you get kind of nervous excited and a rush of energy surges through you...but I was at a health food cafe. Yes, I know, weird, but that's how AMAZING these two places that I visited today were.