I remember watching an infomercial when I was younger. I will never forget this super skinny lady, who looked like she hadn’t slept in ages, and had grayish skin. She said something that to this day makes me cringe every time I hear it, but it is stamped into almost every American brain. She said, “food doesn’t make you fat; fat makes you fat”. She couldn’t be further from the truth. Do you still believe this?
It took a lot of time to decide what to write about this week. I chose to write about my hopes of a future career. Right now, I am reading books that are required for a course I am planning on taking so I can become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Some of you may be asking what the difference is between a certified nutritionist, and a nutritional therapy practitioner. The difference is, if I went to any old college to study nutrition, I would learn about the SAD diet, or the Standard American Diet. The diet that still claims fat is bad for you and you should load up on grains that turn directly into sugar, and then fat. The very diet that will make you sick so you can spend money on drugs that companies who back the government make, that don’t even cure the diseases, but rather mask the symptoms so you continue to get more and more sick. Those guidelines of eating make perfect sense, right?
I personally became interested in nutrition several years back, when I worked in the weight loss industry. Back then I was pretty ignorant about it, only basing my knowledge on what the company taught me. I knew that program inside out. I knew all the supplements, what was in them, and how they worked. Again, based on what the company taught me. I really didn’t know how eating that way affected the human body. I didn’t know how it would affect hormones, body composition, or moods. At the time, all I knew was that I was helping people become healthier, or so I thought. If I only knew then what I know now.
How many of us actually pay attention to what we put in our mouths, and how it affects us? How many of us actually read the ingredient list? How many of us just eat what tastes good to us?
The first book I read that really opened my eyes was called Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes. It is pretty lengthy, and sort of dry, but it is filled with tons of information on different studies that prove the SAD diet isn’t good for us. It was the first thing that opened my eyes to how much our government is influenced by money. Most of the studies presented to the FDA are funded by the very companies that make the product. Does this sound like a good way to do business? Is this the right way to gather information, to recommend to millions of people, on how to eat?
Here is an analogy; let’s say you are in the market to buy a car. You want the car to have safety features and you want it to be reliable. The company that manufactured the vehicle assures you that they have tested the safety features themselves, and assures you that the vehicle is reliable. Is this good enough for you? I don’t know about you, but I would be concerned about the information the company gave me. I would want a nonbiased third party to test the vehicle for me, that didn’t have any financial gain from selling the vehicle. After all, it’s not like I was there to inspect the manufacturing process.
I was a single mom for 15 years, and I completely understand how easy it is to buy cheap processed food for my family because it’s what I can afford at the time. I also understand how expensive health issues can be when you can’t afford health insurance. Let’s be honest about something though, when we are looking at how much food costs, are we giving it a high priority? What are we putting more of our money too, having the right car? Shoes? Clothes? The right brand of toys for our kids? The latest and greatest cell phone or tablet? Nights out on the town so we can get a ‘break’ from life? I know some of these were true for me. If you read my last post about money, I talked about coming up with a budget. Our current budget has a lot of money set aside for food, because we want to eat real food that works with our bodies, not against it. In turn, we have decreased the money we would spend on clothing, restaurants, and entertainment.
So, what does this all mean? No junk food ever? Never again making a toast with sparkling wine, or having a slice of pizza? No. However, the majority of the food that goes into our bodies should not have an ingredient label.
There are studies out there about how certain foods can cause health conditions that are prominent in our culture now. Maybe you have heard of some of them; diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart conditions, leaky gut, thyroid disease, cavities, high blood pressure, obesity, autoimmune diseases, asthma, skin conditions, infertility, autism, and the list goes on. It is a tough reality to face that what we eat can cause such ailments. We like to believe that a lot of these things happen by chance. We seem to worry about offending someone if we mention that the reason they are sick may have to do with the diet they have eaten. The government won’t tell you that. You have to find it out on your own. You have to do the research.
If you’re not like me, then maybe doing all the research sounds overwhelming to you. This is where a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner comes in.
According to the Nutritional Therapy Association, or NTA, nutritional therapists address nutrition from a holistic perspective. Their philosophy is “that the myriad of health problems plaguing modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition”. During my continued research, I have come to also adopt this philosophy. It is amazing to me that all of this information is available to the public, but we continue to be ignorant, and believe that our government will provide us with all the information we need.
I plan on taking a course through the NTA, but I need to save up for the tuition first. For now, I have bought all of the books that are required reading so I may be prepared for when I am able to afford the program. I have already finished reading the first book, and I am eager to read the rest. So much good information! I will be posting updates on this journey, and keeping you guys in the loop on what is causing more wrinkles in my brain. I am so excited!!
Please feel free to share some of the things you have learned by doing your own research, and how it has impacted your life. If you are interested in learning more about this nutritional stuff, there is a free summit you can sign up for here: http://transformyourhealthsummit.com/ .