When it comes to what to eat to achieve a fit & fabulous “wedding dress ready” body it can be extremely confusing. Low carb, low fat, high fat, Paleo or Vegan? Opinions and beliefs about food are strongly rooted in what we were exposed to growing up, what we’ve “read” and what we’ve “heard.” I used to assume when clients told me they ate “healthy” that we were of the same understanding of what that meant. Over the years I’ve realized that everyone’s definition of “healthy eating” varies a lot! I’d like to clear up some common myths in the food world that could potentially prevent you from achieving a Bride Fit Body and give you 3 “must eat” foods for a healthy body & mind.
Dr. Mark Hyman, MD says in his book, Eat Fat Get Thin, “You would think that research would clarify the answer to the question of what and how we should eat, but it just made it more confusing. Vegan diet studies show they help with weight loss and reversing disease. Paleo diets show the same results. So should your diet include meat and fat without guilt and give up grains and beans? Or stay clear of animal products and only eat vegetables grains and beans?” Keep in mind that the members of each “camp” will fight for their diet with a strong passion and will point to studies that validate their point of view. I’m in the “camp” that believes everyone is individual and one diet doesn’t work for everyone. So why do the studies of veganism have similar results to a Paleo diet? Typically these studies compare high-quality versions of these diets to the Standard American Diet (AKA –The S.A.D. Diet), which is processed foods, sugar, refined carbs, poor-quality industrial animal products, and refined oils. A study of any diet of whole foods- vegan or Paleo- will show far better results when you compare to the awful processed industrial diet that most Americans eat. When we look at the studies comparing “low-fat” to “high-fat” within the same camp, the “high-fat” performed better for weight loss. Did you hear that? Fat does not get you fat! Sugar is the enemy! The common denominator in any diet that results in fat release, lean muscle gains and improved health are the quality of the food. That means organic vegetables and fruit, pastured animal products (grass-fed meats and eggs), wild fish, organic virgin fresh-pressed oils (coconut, olive, avocado, flax), and raw seeds and nuts (almonds, walnuts, pumpkin, chia). Run the other way when you see “vegetable oil.” You would think anything with the word “vegetable” would be good for you but as Dr. Catherine Shanahan, MD, author of Deep Nutrition says, “The toxic chemicals in vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils damage cells and disrupt basic metabolic function, and have been linked to serious health problems, including genetic damage, birth defects, growth anomalies, cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and more.” She lets her pa