Get Real.

It really irks me that when you do an online search for “healthy recipes”, you are given dozens of “low-calorie”, “low-fat” and “low carbohydrate” options, as if nutrition and health can be broken down into a mathematical formula we can all follow toward perfect health.

It’s like that same look I get when I tell people that I’m a nutritionist, and suddenly they are remembering and shamed by the hamburger they ate for lunch.

Most people don’t understand what real food and real nutrition really are.

I was never a natural at mathematics and so I do my best to keep it out of my nutritional practice, and I advise you to do the same in your grocery baskets. Keep it real. Keep it simple. Instead of thinking in equations, take a moment to think: what am I eating? Do I want to eat maltodextrin, high fructose corn syrup, BHT, caramel colour and artificial colour? Is there something else I could have for breakfast? Eggs perhaps, oats maybe?

Eat your hamburgers my friends (preferably homemade from local grass fed beef of course), but please put down those 100 calorie, no carbohydrate, no fat snacks. That’s not nutrition, that’s weird science.

Posted on Tuesday May 08, 2012 by Kerri Cooper