Discover Road Blocks Keeping You From Better Wellness
There is a TON of conflicting information out there, and plenty of nutrition myths. These nutrition myths can be roadblocks that keep you from having better wellness. It can be frustrating, overwhelming, and defeating. Let’s take a look at 5 nutrition you can fix now.
Hi, I’m Kelly Calkins, a Board Certified practitioner in Holistic Nutrition.
I’m glad you’re here. You’re likely here because you need support and guidance to reach your health and wellness goals. You’re in the right place, even if you have tried things before and they have yet to work.
I get it because I’ve been there.
In my early 30s, I found myself fighting for my health. Simultaneously overwhelmed, brittle, anxious, depressed, and exhausted, I spent over a decade battling for my health. Eventually, I was diagnosed with six autoimmune diseases. However, I refused to settle for a significantly impaired quality of life, and I turned to nutrition and lifestyle to turn the tables on the dysfunction in my body. As a result, I successfully calmed down the overactive autoimmune response in my body, healed my gut, and eliminated the symptoms that plagued me.
You can rebalance and heal too.
The purpose of this blog is to let you know that you are not alone and that there is hope for healing and a restored quality of life. Furthermore, I want to kick off this newsletter by sharing with you 5 Nutrition Myths that you can fix now. Nutrition myths are a leading roadblock in the road to better health and wellness but they don’t have to be.
5 Nutrition Myths Uncovered
- Carbs cause weight gain. The truth is that no one nutrient for food causes weight gain. Like everything in life, it comes down to moderation and your body’s individual needs. Stop eating simple, refined, and processed carbs. They drive up your blood sugar response, make you less insulin sensitive, and raise your inflammation. Start focusing on high-quality, whole food, organic carbs. Fruits, veggies, beans, lentils, and whole grains are all nutrient-dense carbs. Your body needs carbs, especially if you are a woman in perimenopause or menopause.
- Eating whole eggs is unhealthy. This truly comes down to what your gut tolerates and does not tolerate. Eggs are a perfectly balanced complete protein and are an excellent source of choline. Choline helps with mental acuity and focus among other things. Stop guessing what foods are healthy for your body or eating them just because you heard they were healthy. Start learning how to eat for your specific body. I do specific testing with my clients to discover what foods work for them, and what foods work against them.
- You can only eat at certain times. This myth often goes hand in hand with snacking is unhealthy. Here’s the truth – everybody’s body has different needs. There is NO one size fits all answer. If you are truly hungry (not bored, not using food as a coping tool, not actually confusing hunger for thirst), EAT something nutrient dense that has both protein and fiber. Your metabolism and your blood sugar regulation with thank you! Stop trying to force a one size fits all solution on your body. Start listening to your body and give it the nutrients it needs.
- Juicing or cleansing is required to ‘detox’ your body. There is no one food or regimented diet that can deliver on detoxing the body, aiding in weight loss, improving your skin, and so on. There is no magic solution when it comes to detox. It’s the result of the sum of your choices. Stop trying to find a magic quick fix. Start focusing on a diet rich in the rainbow of veggies. The fiber, antioxidants, flavonoids, and polyphenols will help your body detoxify. Your body has 4 natural detox pathways – sweating, breathing, urinating, and pooping. Make sure you are utilizing all 4 pathways optimally.
- Mixing different foods in one meal is bad for digestion. There is no scientific evidence supporting this claim. With that said, there are a few caveats. Stop eating processed and packaged foods. They contain a ton of fillers and chemicals that make digestion more difficult while increasing your toxic load. Start eating whole, organic foods. They digest easier, are more nutrient-dense, and your body knows what to do with these foods, unlike processed foods. Stop filling your oversized plate with food. Start eating the right portions of food – it matters! A general rule of thumb for serving sizes per meal is 4-6 oz of protein, 1/4 plate of complex carbs, and 1/2 plate of non-starchy veggies. Also, when you are eating, start with your protein. This allows your body to stabilize your blood sugar much more effectively than if you started with a carb.
Which of these myths was most surprising to you and which are you implementing first? I’d love to hear from you!
Kelly Calkins, BCHN®
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