Ever notice how much conflicting information there is around nutrition and food? Just this week Jezebel carried an article titled “Sorry, Neo Cavemen, but Your Paleo Diet is Bullshit” The Star Tribune is running an article about Juicing. Both articles carry a common theme, conflicting critical information. Nutrition isn’t hard in that we know we should eat things that are good for us. We know we shouldn’t eat just one food or foods that contain mostly words we cannot pronounce. At the basic level, we know where food is considered supportive to our bodies or not. Yet, any time you start to feel comfortable there is a new slant of information that conflicts with it. One day eggs are okay, then it turns out they are not. Then eggs are okay but only if you eat the egg white. Then it turns out no, actually the entire egg is fine. The apple I mention above, well it is okay but only if you eat an organic one. Turns out, apples are grown with a lot of chemicals so unless it’s organic you are really just ingesting fibrous cancer(yes, this is an exaggeration, no I don’t really believe this). Scrolling through the health and fitness board on Pinterest you can read a slue of varying information regarding foods.
Let’s cut through it all, food is a complicated thing to many people for various reasons. If you want to make changes to your diet, great. If you feel like you’ll never be able to start because of the information overload, don’t. It is a lot. You’ll always find something saying this is the new thing to eat or do. You’ll never be able to wait for it all to sort through because it’s always being figured out. Nutrition is not something that is easy to figure out. What works great for one person may not for another. The best thing to do is figure out what works for you. Work with your doctor to do various tests, find out if you are allergic to foods. Start taking control of what you put in your mouth and do the best that you can around it.
What worked for me? Starting one meal at a time. I started with breakfast, after all it’s not just called the most important meal of the day because it’s a cute phrase. It jump starts your body after the period of rest and it sets the tone for the day. If you make good choices at breakfast, it carries through the day. It’s probably a scientific fact that was debated for a while or not, I don’t really know. I just know it’s true for me. But it’s called breakfast for a reason, you are breaking the fast. Although I suppose if you are following the latest “fast” diet you probably will wait a few hours before doing so.
Conflicting information comes and goes. Coconuts were evil before they became totally awesome. Nutrition revolves as a science. It’s okay to make educated guesses around things and to adapt your habits around them. Just remember, real food is never out of fashion.