Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
Thank you for your kind comments on my elimination diet eats post. It’s good to know that I’m not alone in my stomach issues and that I’m not the only peanut butter lover out there 😉
Anyway, on to today’s post. This week I thought I’d debunk some healthy living myths. Some of these are things I believed myself and others are things I hear other people say and just want to scream ‘IT’S NOT TRUE!’
5 Healthy Living Myths that just aren’t true
1. Everyone must drink 8 glasses of water
I believed this for most of my life. I didn’t do it, but I took it as truth.
But here’s the real truth- we’re all different. Age, activity levels, health problems, the climate and so much more can affect how much water you need to stay hydrated. Your body knows how much water it needs so take your cues from it.
If you want a more concrete answer, good rule of thumb is to take your weight divided by two in ounces as the base for how much water you should drink in a day e.g. if you weigh 150 pounds you’ll need about 75 ounces of water a day.
2. Diet soda and low fat foods are better
Diet soda is just as bad or worse for you than regular soda. They replace the sugar in regular sodas with artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, which do nothing good for your body. As a former Coca Cola addict myself I understand how hard it is to give it up, but diet soda is not the answer.
Low fat foods are sneaky. When people started to reduce the amount of saturated fats in their diets, the food industry started replace animal fats in their food products with unsaturated vegetable oils. Not only are these hydrogenated oils themselves bad for you, but food manufacturers also started adding more sugar to their products so they’d still taste good and we’d keep buying them.
The foods may be low in fats, but added sugar is never a good thing.
3. Eating late at night makes you gain weight
There’s nothing different about the calories in your food, whether you eat it at 10am or 10pm. The problem with eating too late is that you chance consuming too many calories. If you’ve already eaten all your regular meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks – mindless snacking at night (or at any time) can lead to weight gain if you consistently overeat. But if 10pm is your regular dinner time, eating that late won’t make you pack on the pounds.
4. Gluten free/vegan/organic foods MUST be healthy
Are Oreos healthy? Nope. But Double Delight Mint’n Creme Oreos are vegan…
Food companies caught onto all the buzzwords like gluten free, vegan and organic and decided to take advantage. A gluten free or even organic version of your favourite cookie might contain just as much – and sometimes more – fat, sugar etc. as the regular one. I’m not saying you can’t indulge if you want to, but don’t buy the [insert buzzword here] version of whatever junk food and think you’re being any healthier.
5. You need to take Vitamins/Supplements
I use protein powder after working out sometimes because I don’t always meet my protein needs with food. But, many people can and do meet their vitamin and dietary needs through food. If you think you can’t, talk to a Registered Dietician and find out your options. It isn’t necessary to run out and spend loads of money on supplements and vitamins if you can just made a few changes to your diet instead.
What about you?
What are some untrue healthy living/fitness myths you’ve heard? Do you have a different opinion for any of these? Share in the comments below!
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