Nutrition Thoughts in a Constantly Changing Research World

13 01 2016

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As a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a background Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences as well as currently being a high performance athlete I’ve experimented a LOT with different diets! Low carb, slow carb, low fat, paleo, anti-inflammatory, train low carb and compete high carb, food timing, juicing, calorie counting, point counting, detoxes, various book diets named after their authors, and of course my fair share of time eating the standard American diet (SAD diet). Fads are constantly changing. Research consistently seems to contradict itself if you wait long enough. All in all, nutrition can become a confusing mess. Hence, I felt the need to write this post. Because what we eat shouldn’t be confusing, but it is.
Recently, I watched the Michael Pollan documentary “In Defence of Food”. Michael Pollan is not a doctor or a scientist. He is famous for saying, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” And you know what? He’s right. It’s simple. Eat real food that hasn’t been processed and it becomes much less important whether it’s high or low carb or high or low in calories. All the science makes food an inaccessible entity requiring a professional’s advice before consuming when actually people have been eating without the help of a professional for, well, all time. You don’t need a doctor or a scientist or a dietitian to tell you what to eat. You know. I highly recommend you watch this documentary if you want to restore your sense of balance around the topic of food.
So why am I telling you it’s easy when clearly, it hasn’t been easy for me and I know it’s not always easy for you?
This is the twist. We have to change our habits to eat that easy way. And habits are hard to change. And people are individual with individual health complaints that may or may not have developed from poor dietary choices in their lifetime. For many individuals, seeing a documentary like the one above is enough. They see what they need to eat and they change to eat those things. They are balanced and moderate and will enjoy long healthy lives. I’m not here to help those people. If you are one of them, you don’t need my professional help. I’m here to help those individuals who need specialized nutrition. An athlete needs exponentially more nutrients than an average consumer. Individuals with fibromyalgia need to make sure the foods they eat do not cause excessive inflammation. Some individuals cannot tolerate certain foods the way most can. Reversing atherosclerosis and heart disease requires a different approach to diet than the approach for arthritis which is different than the approach for diabetes. I’m here to help those people who find it difficult to change their habits even though they know what they should be eating. And for me, nutrition will continue to be confusing. Because I will be the one filtering through the research and trying the fads and changing with updated knowledge. Let me handle the complexity. For you, nutrition should be simple.

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