Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Learn and Evolve

So, here is the thought for the day - learn, embrace change and evolve. What I've found in my constant thirst for knowledge in all things healthy is that new information is constantly being brought to light. What was once good, may now actually do harm. There are two results for every study done and they often contradict each other; it makes it tough to sift through and find the truth sometimes, eh? That's when you go with your gut until you find something more definitive.

Let's take a look at the 'low-fat' or 'no-fat' craze. Fat is the culprit behind fat right? No. It would seem likely but not true. In all actuality, is fake and processed foods and overdosing on sugar that is making us fat and sick. I was going through a stack of old magazines and cutting out recipes and came across an article titled, "Live Wise."  It had five tips to kickstart your nutrition goals. The second tip was : Choose fat-free milk instead of whole milk. Ironically, whole milk has more enzymes, vitamins and nutrients that the body needs to process and utilize the milk. I laughed when I saw that because it is perpetuating the myth that low-fat is good. True, higher fat does mean more calories, but we can work that little bug out by following the moderation method.

But even dairy milk in general has its problems. Milk and many dairy products have been so highly processed that the body actually see's it as a foreign invader - hence the mucous (it's a protective mechanism). Not to mention that so much milk is tainted with hormones, antibiotics and who knows what other genetically-modified organisms. And thus my dairy evolution has settled on almond milk. Unsweetened almond milk has more calcium, vitamins and doesn't create problems for the GI. I haven't yet started making my own almond milk but I'm good with that. That's as far an embrace of change I have made.

All I'm getting at is to be open. Do your research and be okay to unlearn what you have learned and adapt. Your health depends on it.

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