I am in the process of putting together a brief Nutrition course for a girl's camp in a couple weeks. I am trying to organize and put together the different sessions. I thought I would do a couple posts on what I am going to be teaching.
Many people come to me with questions re what they should be eating. It is so confusing. This person says eat this while somebody else says that it is a big mistake to eat that. Who does one believe? Good question. I used to struggle with that question too. I have had to come up with an answer, and simple works for me.
Here are my basic principles:
1. If humans have ALWAYS eaten something, at least for the last 150 years, then it is OK to eat. If we have only started eating it more recently, then it is probably NOT good for you.
2. No sugar or white trash (white rice, pasta, white flour, white bread, etc.)
3. No Corn syrup or corn sugar (they are changing the name)
4. Nothing hydrogenated. If it says hydrogenated on the label, then DON'T eat it!
5. No Soy - Oil or flour.
That's it. Any diet works that eliminates processed foods and simple carbohydrates. You can put anybody's name on it and people will lose weight and get healthier if they eat it.
The other thing that is important is to eat enough healthy fats, minerals and protein.