posted on Jul, 12 2014 @ 04:26 AM
No I don't, especially in a day and age were so much misinformation about diet is given on top of poverty. I grew up in a home that was completely
ignorant when it came to a healthy diet amongst many other things. I was the odd person out and hated greasy food and liked vegetables. My family
didn't get that.
10+ years ago I was on the WIC program. Every month I had to feel out a diet sheet for me and my kids and they would tell me what dietary changes to
make. I wanted to learn about good nutrition and really cared about it, but following their advise caused me to gain weight. I was so confused. Also,
due to being on food stamps, we often had to watch videos on good nutrition. I thought I was educated on nutrition at this point, yet it was failing
I was doing everything right! I followed the food pyramid and ate very small portions and avoided fatty foods. Since I was eating "healthy" I kept
reducing the amount I was eating until I was literally consuming no more than 400 calories a day, because it is all about how much you eat right?
A few years later I was able to afford a computer and the internet again and started doing research and found out everything I was taught was a lie. A
diet heavy in grains, rice and potatoes as the bulk of your diet and even a lot of fruit, even thought that is what is taught, is not healthy due to
the sugar in all of those food. Those were supposed to be healthy foods so I never considered the sugar in them. Yet those are what the food pyramid
tells you to eat the most of.
I reduced my intake of those foods and added more nutrient dense veggies, healthy fats such as nuts and protein rich foods. The weight melted off.
I was angry because I did everything right according to the books but it caused me to gain weight. I felt so betrayed by the nutritional advice put
out there by the so called experts.
People on wic and food stamps are being lied to by the government. I would even go as far as to say they are purposely trying to cause obesity by
giving the people bad information. On top of it all you have a food industry that is also giving people bad information. I would say that a decent
amount of people who are overweight or obese do not have the proper knowledge to eat right.
What I know now to be the truth:
Sugar, not fat, causes weight gain.
Not all calories are created equal.
It is what you eat, not how much you eat.
Fruit juices are not healthy, despite being highly encouraged by the WIC and Foodstamp programs.
The number one thing you can do if you want to lose weight is cut out sugar, even from things like potatoes, rice and grains. Learn about all the
hidden sources of sugars. And keep your sugar levels stable.