Most everything you read in the weight loss community tells you to eat multiple small meals throughout the day to keep you from getting overly hungry, to maintain your blood sugar level, and to help maintain a high metabolism. This may result in as many as six to eight meals a day.
Then along comes an article like Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s entitled “Eat More Often, Gain Weight”. This article was posted yesterday on his Disease Proof blog. In it, he explains a study that found the more meals you eat, the fatter you get. It seems like we’ve always been told just the opposite! Who’s right and who’s wrong?!!
Well, it’s been my experience you can find a study that supports just about anything. I’m sure there’s a study out there supporting the premise that even fruits and vegetables cause cancer. Although we know this isn’t true!
So, what do we do? Here’s my theory: Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full—that is when you’re satisfied and not stuffed! And, here are some additional recommendations: (1) Eat it if it has only one ingredient; unless, of course, that one ingredient is arsenic. (2) Eat it if it’s a fruit, vegetable, seed, whole grain, or nut—basically stick to whole foods. (3) Eat all things in moderation (mostly good things that is!).
Lately I’ve been following Robin Openshaw’s (a.k.a. The Green Smoothie Girl) guidance on nutrition in her book 12 Steps to Whole Foods. I’ve lost 30 pounds and for the first time in my life I haven’t felt deprived of food. I especially love green smoothies; I’ll have one or two a day. Check out her website and program—I highly recommend both!
On a personal note: Robin may not remember me, but she was my instructor for a written business communications course I took at Brigham Young University back in 2003. I remember that on the first day of class she came in like a really strict teacher and half the class started to get up and leave. It didn’t faze me though; I was an old, retired Air Force guy who wasn’t fazed by much. Then she said she was only kidding and the class settled down. It was a good class and we had some fun along the way.
It’s funny that she also called me out in a recent blog post of hers entitled “some people hate my Huntsman Cancer Institute blog”. In her original blog post she came down on the Huntsman Cancer Institute for accepting funds raised by the “Tour de Donut” because this bicycling event promoted eating donuts. I told her to “lighten up” and that it was okay to “eat all things in moderation.” She came back and said, “Don’t eat arsenic in moderation.” Of course I hope she realized (and I’m sure she did) that I meant don’t stuff yourself with unhealthy foods, but every now and then if you have a craving for something unhealthy, eating it won’t kill you. Is it better to avoid the unhealthy food? Of course, but if you “go off the wagon” and don’t overdo it, you may maintain your sanity. So often we pressure people into being perfect with regards to eating when that’s a hard model to live up to.
So here is my last recommendation: Relax, enjoy healthy food choices, eat until you’re satisfied, and live your life—and, enjoy a little chocolate now and then—I read a study that said it increases endurance in endurance athletes!
See you on the courts!
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