I recently spoke with a lovely woman who wanted to know if she should join my program. She expressed to me that she felt she already knew a heap about how to eat healthy and wasn’t sure she particularly needed to join my program.
She was really wanting to know if she could just skip the first module where we talk all about how to replenish the body with the right nutrition. I of course, wanted to dive in and make sure that she truly was supporting her body in the best way possible with her food choices… so, I began asking her what she ate in a typical week. What she shared really shocked me!
This young girl was eating gluten-free toast for breakfast and lunch, every day. She also ate heaps of gluten free pasta, gluten-free cookies and a whole bunch of other highly processed gluten-free products.
When women come to me and they eat a healthy diet, I never realised until I started doing these free chats, at how varied a “healthy diet” can be. There have certainly been women who do truly eat healthy but sadly many women also follow what I would describe as the “advertisers world of healthy”. They are foods which are sold as healthy. They put on pretty labels and home-made branding and use words like “natural”, “sugar-free” and “gluten-free” to lure us into believing that these food choices are truly better for us.
So, this is why I tell you to forget “gluten-free”. Stop searching for the label that gives you a false impression that something is good for you. In most cases, it isn’t. It is very likely that the foods that are labeled this way, are created by huge manufacturers who have realised that there is a market for these “gluten-free” products. In most cases they are filled with cheap nasty ingredients and loaded with things that are far from good for you.
I once looked at the ingredients list for gluten-free banana bread. The only reason I landed up doing this was that after I ate it, I got a screaming headache! What I read really shocked me! That banana bread was loaded with sugars, maltodextrin, highly processed fats and the types of flour that really spike up our glucose levels (Tapioca flour).
We have all become so incredibly reliant on convenience foods that we seldom consider that they are not convenient for our bodies. Our bodies can assimilate and use natural foods – that have come straight out of the ground, or of a tree, or are just more “real” far more readily and easily. This means, you will gain vitality and energy far more readily! All that processed stuff with heaps of ingredients is hard work on your digestion and on your liver.
So, if you are reviewing your diet and considering if it truly is healthy, then consider your food, where it comes from and what it contains. Don’t just fall for the pretty labels and the hyped-up marketing. Real food doesn’t live on shelves! Real food needs preparation and love! Real food will sync with your body and provide it with what it truly needs.
In other words: screw the gluten-free and eat foods that are alive and truly nourish your body!