3 Ways To Keep Fooling Yourself

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Eating well is a huge part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, our almost infinite stupidity as humans is a huge part of making tons of money for a few clever individuals. It’s done by selling seemingly healthy foods and supplements. There is a nearly endless list of deceptions in the food industry, but due to lack of space, I’ll just detail what I think are the best 3.

Organics

“Organic foods are made according to certain production standards. The use of conventional non-organic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides is greatly restricted and avoided as a last resort. However, contrary to popular belief, certain non-organic fertilizers are still used.” This is what you’ll get if you go look at the USDA Organic Regulations page.

The big problem with organics is we decide that they’re healthy and will even help us get skinny just because they’re organic. Sad truth is that no matter how organic your ice cream is, you’re still going to be stuck in your big pants until you quit eating it. On a chemical level and especially when it comes to metabolism of foods, your body will gladly store fat, whether it’s organic or not. Sure, your organic Oreos might not give you cancer (obviously a good thing), but they are still Oreos.

Low Fat / Low Carb Foods

“I know, let’s make the same food we always have, but we’ll take the fat out of the recipe and use a chemical in its place. Then we’ll put it in a green package with a runner on the front, and we can charge double for it. Then, as soon as the low-fat fad dies, we’ll put the fat back in, use chemical sweeteners, and sell it to all the people that think eating low-carb donuts is a good idea.”

There are plenty of foods that are low in fat or low in carbohydrates that are perfectly good to eat. Selecting foods based on their being processed into a desired macronutrient ratio, though, is an error. These highly processed foods are expensive, lack vital nutrients, and are likely to leave you starving. Again, the same advice keeps popping up; eat non-processed, clean foods, and avoid over-indulgence.

Antioxidants

The acai berry is a hot new trend in fat loss…it’s like the “Ab Lounger” of food.

“The antioxidant benefits of the acai berry rivals another semi-superfood, the blueberry. All the wonderful vitamin and mineral properties of the acai come together to have a positive effect on your health and overall well-being. Those looking to be healthy, protect from cancer, lose weight, or are generally uncomfortable in their own bodies, should give acai berry a try.”

I was about to go on and on about this, but you should just go check out the website acaiburn.com

Maybe you can pay for the $2.33/day pills with that big fat check you have coming from the Nigerian prince living in exile…

Buying a food or supplement fortified with antioxidants is akin to buying a $500 coat because it has sleeves. Antioxidants are widely available, and there’s really nothing special about getting them from blueberries or acai berry or any other overpriced source. Instead of blatantly plagiarizing my nutrition textbooks, I’ll just cite the American Dietetic Association:

Antioxidants are dietary substances including some nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins C and E and selenium, that can prevent damage to your body cells or repair damage that has been done.

Antioxidants work by significantly slowing or preventing the oxidative — or damage from oxygen — process caused by substances called free radicals that can lead to cell dysfunction and the onset of problems like heart disease and diabetes. Antioxidants may also improve immune function and perhaps lower your risk for infection and cancer.

In your body, the antioxidant process is similar to stopping an apple from browning. Once you cut an apple, it begins to brown, but if you dip it in orange juice, which contains vitamin C, it stays white.

An eating plan containing plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts can supply all the antioxidants your body needs.

So the advice stays the same. Be smart about what you eat. Remember that there are no shortcuts. You are going to have to improve, not just wish for an easier life. The best part is that you have total control over what you put in your mouth and how much you exercise, so it’s all up to you.