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One of the members of our Open Sky Fitness Podcast Facebook Group shared her experience watching on a documentary on Netflix called "Food Choices."
It's great to learn about different diets and to be well informed about what you're eating. We want you all to know that there is not just one correct way to eat healthy. This prompted Devin and I to want to talk about why using a dogmatic nutrition approach is so problematic.
If you watch this documentary, you will see that it uses a one-sided, dogmatic approach to nutrition. This approach basically uses scare tactics to teach people that the only way to live a healthy life and help the environment is to follow a plant-based only diet.
What this documentary could have focused on instead is why we should always approach nutrition with an open mind and look at different facts, arguments, and discussions.
Week 1- Which Popular Diet is Best for You?
Week 2-Kitchen Clean Out Hacks
Deciding to make a change towards turning your life around by eating better, exercising more, and becoming an overall healthier you can be liberating, but also challenging. A health journey is much easier when there is someone there to support you each day. But what do you do if the people closest to you aren't 100% with you for your health goals? How can your family and relationships continue to grow when you want to make significant life changes? What can you do to help your loved ones eat better too? Where do you even begin talking to them about living a healthier life? As part of our October Nutrition Month, this week, Wellness Author and Health Coach, Michael Tamez, joins Devon and I as we share our favorite nutrition tips for the family. Have a specific question about nutrition? If you have any specific questions or concerns about nutrition, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Talk about nutrition with us! We've already been discussing nutrition and motivation tactics on the Open Sky Fitness Podcast Facebook Group. It's a great group to talk with other people about health, share tips, and encourage each other to keep living a healthy lifestyle. Click here to join the conversation https">Nutrition Tips for Your Family
Week 4- Convenient Foods and Meal Prep Hacks
Week 5- How to Hack Your Diet: Carb Cycling and Fasting
Week 6- Keys To A Healthy Gut
Week 7- Hot Topics: Gluten and Sugar
Week 8- The Problem with the Dogmatic Nutrition Approach
"We're constantly learning more each day about nutrition and we need to be open for change." - Devon Dionne
The human race has been developing for thousands of years and we are still evolving to find the best nutrition for ourselves.
In accordance to different cultures and environments, groups of people will always follow different diets that are the best for them. Why? Because we all have different genetic makeup so one food that may be good for one person, might not be so healthy for another person.
One great example is dairy. Only a small percentage of the population can digest dairy, but the rest do not have the genetics for that type of capabilty.
Inuits have a diet that contains mostly meat because they can't grow vegetables in the cold. They need different sources of meat to help them live and stay healthy in that extreme environment.
Aboriginal cultures eat off of the land and that includes reptiles, bugs, birds, plants and other sources of protein from fish when they can find it.
Other cultures that follow different diets that we mention in the podcast include:
Because of their environment and genetics, the diets of these cultures worked great for them compared to other diets.
Even in the mainland part of the USA, we never used to eat as many grains and cereals as we do now. More grains and cereals were introduced into our diets because of the agricultural revolution.
As humans, we are naturally omnivores and need both meat and plants in order to absorb the nutrition that our bodies need.
According to the documentary, "Food Choice," we don't actually need as much protein like we thought we did. Therefore, there's no nutritious reason to eat meat when we can just eat plants.
But our bodies do need that protein and there are plenty of healthy options to eat grass fed meat compared to grain fed meat.
Our brains also need that protein from meat to stay strong and healthy. During the Paleothic era, our brains actually grew 20% once we began to consume meat from nature.
Our bodies are built to consume meat for protein because it is bioavailable and therefore easier to absorb the nutrients.
Vegetarians can consume their protein from eggs and dairy, but it's much harder for vegans to consume the right amount of protein that their body needs just from grains and beans.
"It's possible to be healthy as a vegan or vegetarian, but it's more difficult and you have to be thoughtful all the time." - Devon Dionne
"It has been highly debunked that meat has a direct connection to high cholesterol." - Rob Dionne
Not only it is false that meat has a connection to high cholesterol and it will kill you if you eat a lot of it, but it is also not true that a high fat diet causes cholesterol and that in turn causes heart disease.
But what can make your cholesterol go up? A high intake of carbohydrates.
We also tend to forget that there are two types of cholesterol: HDL and LDL.
Meat has LDL cholestoral and this is actually a good thing because LDL feeds your brain.
What is bad about LDL is that it can become oxidized from the consumption of too many carbohydrates which can create plaque in your arteries.
Dogmatic approaches to nutrition like the one from "Food Choice" create a Doomsday mindset for us. They create fear in our minds that we have to follow their way or we'll get sick and die.
The problem with dogmatic approaches to nutrition is that they don't bring up arguments from different opinions. Why would they? They purposefully don't want to create a sense of doubt with the information that they are proving so they can create a following and make money.
We're not saying that you shouldn't follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, but that you should make healthy decisions about food based on what your body needs.
If you have strong beliefs about not eating any kind of animal, that's a wonderful thing and we're happy for you. We might not necessarily agree with that choice because we believe that meat is an important part of a nutritious diet, but if you believe that a vegetarian or vegan diet is right for you, that's great! If you follow a diet because of religious or other beliefs, that's beautiful as well.
Devon and I really suggest that you look at both sides of the argument and look into different diets. Listen to your body and pay attention to your gut.
A diet isn't right for you if you're experiencing any gut or gas problems, if you're sick a lot, or your energy is low.
If your weight is not where you want it to be and you have trouble either gaining weight or losing weight, you may want to look into changing your diet as well.
Look at your blood markers including sugar and protein levels. What is your body lacking and how can you fix it?
Pay attention to your emotions as well. Is your thinking cloudy or are you having negative thoughts? Are you depressed? These are also all signs that your diet is not working of you and something has to be changed.
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00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
2:00 OSF Facebook Group shout outs
5:00 Nutrition Months October and November Recap
8:00 The Problem with the Dogmatic Nutrition Approach
16:00 The evolution of the human diet
19:00 What's the biggest difference between the amount of protein or aminos for a vegan and someone who does eat meat?
23:00 Why it's important to be open to research and change around nutrition
28:40 The false idea that meat is high in cholesterol
32:50 Dogmatic nutrition beliefs are one-sided
35:30 Fact or Fiction: Does constantly eating meat shorten your life?
38:00 What are the other healthy diets for different cultures?
44:00 Why do dogmatic approaches to nutrition exist?
49:00 The best thing is to choose a diet that is right for you
50:30 Closing comments with Rob and Devon
52:30 Open Sky Fitness Closing
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