Our digestion expert rights some diet wrongs
“EATING LOTS OF NUTS, SEEDS AND HARD TO DIGEST VEGETABLES IS NOT THE BEST SOLUTION FOR EVERYONE”
1 Clean eating implies that some foods are dirty compared to other foods because they are in their natural state. However, most plants have many toxins that in their raw state can contribute to health issues if eaten daily. 2 Sugar is not toxic, nor addictive, but just like if you eat too much broccoli, it poses certain issues. Eating sugar in balance with fats, proteins and other carbohydrates poses no detrimental effects to one’s health. 3 If you suffer from poor digestion or low energy levels, then eating lots of nuts, seeds and hard to digest vegetables is probably not the best solution for you.
4 PMS and other hormonal states in both men and women are an indication that your blood sugar is dropping. At those times, it’s best to reach for foods that help to balance blood sugar, rather than reaching for potentially ‘cleaner’ snacks that are hard to digest and provide less energy.
5 Many colours in vegetables can actually exert problematic affects to different pathways in the body. For example green, brassica vegetables can decrease energy output by supressing thyroid hormone production while orange and yellow vegetables, although containing carotenoids, can actually decrease levels of vitamin A, which is essential for thyroid and skin health. 6 Instead of thinking about the nature of ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ foods, ask questions based around a product’s biological action. Does it increase biological function or decrease it? 7 Vegetable oils like sunflower, nut, canola and flax are damaging to the body. These ill effects increase when you heat the oils, or when they are heated to body temperature and the body tries to use them for fuel. 8 Carbohydrates seem to have gotten a bed rep over the last few years, much like saturated fat. But in truth, if you have cold hands or feet, feel irritable or fatigued, you
may simply need more energy and that means carbohydrates, Reaching for some fruit or a snack that has an adequate balance of carbs, fat and protein may well help decrease the issue.
9 Plants have evolved to ensure that seeds irritate the bowel and induce a production of serotonin so that you end up pooping them out. They are specifically designed not to be digested, and the nutrients they contain, such as vitamin E, are really designed to stop the oils inside going rancid. If they do go rancid then you really don’t want to digest them! 10 If you suffer from low energy, sleep or anxiety problems, hormonal disruption and digestion issues, eating raw whole foods that are difficult to digest and supposedly clean can actually exert a so-called dirty effect. If your body is in a stressed state, it requires more salt, more sugar and foods that are easier to digest.