11 "Healthy" Foods That Are Bad For You

We have a lot of foods in this day and age that are junk food pretending to be healthy. Many of the companies behind these foods will try to convince you how healthy the food is on the container, but the ingredient list tells the real story.

These unhealthy foods that parade as health foods are part of the reason so many folks feel like they eat well, yet their health does not improve.

The undercover junk foods are part of the reason our society is sicker and fatter than ever with no signs of improvement.

Sadly many of these undercover junk foods are considered healthy by many, in this blog I am going to expose these “healthy junk foods” and explain the damage they do.

Store Bought Salad Dressing

There is no argument that salads are a great way to get more vegetables in your diet, especially the leafy green variety.

The problem is that many vegetables don’t taste great on their own, so salad dressings are a great way to add some flavor to salads.

The biggest problems with most store bought salad dressings is the number of ingredients that are damaging to our health. Some of the main ingredient culprits include sugar, corn syrup, vegetable oils, trans fats, preservatives and chemicals.

Eating vegetables in a salad is a great step to improving health, drenching the salad in rancid vegetables oils and sugar is not healthy. Make sure to read the ingredient list on store bought salad dressings or just play it safe and make your own.

Margarine or Butter Substitutes

With the low fat craze many people opted to throw out traditional healthy butter because  of the saturated fat and cholesterol content.

Since then we have come to realize that saturated fat and cholesterol are not health damaging, and that butter is a legitimate health food.

When butter was demonized due to the  saturated fat content, experts started recommending margarine as a substitute.

Trans fats in margarine have slowly been removed over time due to the overwhelming evidence that trans fats are bad for us. However margarine and butter substitutes are packed full of rancid vegetable oils.

Margarine is sold as a healthy food, but it is really chemicals and vegetable oils designed to look and taste like butter. Skip the man made chemicals and vegetables oils. Eat real butter from grass fed cows instead.

Fruit Juices

Fruit is a healthy food choice so it would make sense that the juice that comes from a healthy food would also be healthy.

The problem is that most fruit juices are misleading and many contain little to no fruit juice. The majority of them are sugar water and chemicals that have been flavored to taste like a fruit concoction.

Even if you are consuming one hundred percent high quality fruit juice there are still some problems. Many of the benefits that we gain from fruit comes from the high fiber content and living enzymes and minerals that present in the flesh of the fruit.

Fruit juice is what remains after we have removed all the health promoting aspects of fruit, what we are left with is mainly sugar water.

As we look further at the sugar content of fruit juice you quickly realize that it is resembles soda or other sugar sweetened beverages more than whole fruit.

Agave Nectar

We all know that sugar damages our health and we should do our best to avoid it. The problem is that once sugar’s health damaging effects were exposed we were left clamoring for substitute.

Enter the “natural” sweetener that quickly rose to popularity, agave nectar.

Agave nectar instantly became the natural alternative to sugar in many “health foods”. When we take a closer look at agave and how it compares to sugar, it is actually much worse for our health.

Agave nectar is even higher in fructose than  high fructose corn syrup!  One of the many reasons that fructose is bad for us is because it is a toxin that can not be used by our cells for energy.

Fructose has no use in the body, and must be shuttled to the liver where it is primarily transformed and stored as fat cells.

Even though agave nectar is a “natural sweetener” gram for gram it is far worse than sugar, and  the high fructose content which damages the liver and  metabolism make it extremely unhealthy and should be staunchly avoided.

“Heart Healthy” Whole Grains

The over consumption of grains has thrown our diet completely out of balance. It is not that carbohydrates are bad for us,but our current diet relies so heavily on carbohydrates that we are creating metabolic and blood sugar problems with how we eat.

The carb centric diet our society has adopted came at expense of vegetables and healthy fats. By relying so heavily on processed carbohydrates we continually throw our blood sugar out of normal ranges and stress the body.

If you haven’t already read my blog post “Are Carbohydrates Bad For You ?” to learn more about carbohydrates and how they fit into your health picture.

By over consuming grains and rejecting healthy traditional fats we have created the perfect health damaging storm.

Many of the problems our society is suffering from can be traced directly to metabolic problems and inflammation from blood sugar imbalances.

Gluten is a dirty word these days, and it is a hotly debated subject but for many folks this little word creates big problems. I have myself helped many clients transition to whole foods excluding grains have seen great improvements in digestion and blood sugar markers.

There is no nutrient present in grains that can not be found in vegetables, fruits  and starchy tubers.

Vegan Meat Substitutes

Nobody can argue that avoiding processed foods and eating more fruits,vegetables, nuts and seeds as a vegan is a much healthier option than the standard american diet.

A problem arises when the adoption of a vegan diet includes the processed meat substitutes that are very soy and grain heavy.

The vegan friendly meat substitutes are highly processed and factory made foods that serve no health benefits

I also believe when your body is sending a clear signal that it is craving a certain natural food, it should be followed.

If you're craving meat, but you try to trick your body by giving it a vegan or soy meat substitute you are going against your biology and actually choosing a far less healthy option.

 Organic Junk Foods

Organic has quickly become a marketing buzzword that grabs the attention of the health conscious. Food giants have taken advantage of this marketing buzzword by producing the same old junk food as before, but instead using organic ingredients.

These organic ingredients that make up the junk food are no healthier than the non organic options. Don’t buy a packaged food just because it is organic, always make sure to read the ingredients. Organic sugar is still sugar.

Gluten Free Products

Gluten allergies or intolerances can be very problematic for a lot of people, and the transition  to avoiding gluten can be difficult for some.

Many of these folks find the transition to be a little easier in the beginning by using gluten free products to make swaps.This should be a phase though and the goal transitioning whole foods is recommended.  

The problem is that many of these gluten free foods are just as unhealthy as the gluten containing foods. They are highly processed and contain many additives, chemicals and other refined starch flours that create similar blood sugar problems.

Gluten free foods junk foods are still going to be junk food that contains sugar and other nasty ingredients. Plants, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and starchy vegetables are all gluten free and far better for your health.

Low Fat/ Fat Free Foods

Excluding saturated fat from the diet was one of the largest nutrition mistakes ever made. The theory that saturated fat contributes to heart disease was based on handpicked data, that evidence never really supported. This theory has since been completely dissected and proven incorrect.

When this low fat propaganda became popular food manufacturers took advantage of this trend and began removing fats from foods and flooding the market with low fat, and fat free foods.

The problem with removing fats from foods is that it makes them taste horrible.In an attempt to make the foods more palatable and allow them to stay shelf stable for longer sugar was added to these foods in high amounts.

Saturated fats are not harmful and in fact many people see benefits from including more healthy fats in their diet. It is well proven that sugar consumed in excess has disastrous effects on our health. When you see a “food” that is low or fat free it regularly means it is riddled with added sugar and very processed.

Smoothies

Many folks will replace a meal with a smoothie from a juice bar or grocery  store in the expectation that it will be lower in calories and contain healthy vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables.

The problem is that many of these smoothies are loaded with added sugars, fruit juices from concentrate, soy products and many lack adequate protein and fat which help to regulate blood sugar. 

While smoothies can be a great way to get some healthy nutrition in your body I encourage people to be mindful of how much they are consuming.

You are able to consume a greater volume of foods when they are blended than if you were to chew every ingredient in your smoothie. Make sure your smoothie is balanced,  and doesn't contain too much sugar from fruit juices and seven servings of fruit and added honey.  

Opt to make your own green smoothie with lots of veggies, a few pieces of fruit and some healthy protein from nuts and seeds or protein powder  and fats from coconut or some nut butters.

Granola

Granola has long been accepted as a “health food”  because it regularly boasts the words” whole grain” or “low fat”. Granola is very high in added sugars and regularly contains hydrogenated vegetable oils and other  chemicals/ flavors.

Granola is not nearly as natural as it boasts, and is very high in calories while being devoid of any nutrient that benefits our health.

Make sure if you are going to eat granola that you read the ingredients with a skeptical eye for unhealthy ingredients. Keep in mind that any food label that says it is a healthy food is probably not  a healthy food.

My hope is that after reading this blog you can look at food a little differently, realizing that many supposed “health foods” contain health damaging ingredients. Make sure to always read labels so you are aware of what you are putting in your body. Everything you eat either adds or subtracts from you health.

Don’t take the food industries word for it when it comes to health claims. Realize that  food manufacturers are interested in taking advantage of health buzzwords and trends, not creating truly  healthy foods . Many of the foods created by these food giants are designed to make money, not make you healthier.

The healthiest foods on planet earth come from nature, and rarely do they have labels or ingredient list. Make sure you are eating foods in their whole form and from nature. If you do this most of the time you are on the right track!

If you’re tired of working hard, and not getting the results you want, I can help you adopt the simple habits necessary to reach your health or fat loss goals.

These habits are based on getting you to your goal in a sustainable fashion that can be maintained. I’ll be there every step of the way to support and keep you accountable.  

Get on a Strategy Call with me to Discover how to achieve your health or fat loss goals, and make them yours to keep this time around.

Whether you decide to work with me or not I can guarantee you will leave this call with more knowledge on how to achieve your goals.

 

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Naturally Boosting Testosterone Ebook (Chapters 1-3)

Chapter 1 - The Problem

We live in a society that places a high value on being strong , muscular and masculine, but our actions tell an entirely different story.

Testosterone has many benefits for men and women. For men, specifically, it helps build muscle, reduce fat and has been linked to greater motivation, confidence and increased cognitive function. 

On the flip side low testosterone has been linked to less muscle, more body fat, depression and difficulty getting an erection. Sounds terrible, right ?

When given the opportunity most men would say, "I want to boost my testosterone; sign me up!" 

There is a problem, though. Testosterone in men has steadily been on the decline. Year after year men are diagnosed with low testosterone at younger ages.

Our current lifestyles do not generally maximize our testosterone. We need to make some serious changes.

The beautiful part of this problem is that we can make the changes to naturally boost our own production of testosterone.

Through changing our nutrition, exercise and lifestyle routines we can increase the amount of testosterone our body produces. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arms.  

In order to successfully increase your testosterone you must adopt new habits over time. Too much too soon is a perfect recipe for being overwhelmed.

Make small daily changes and before you know it you have changed your lifestyle. 

 

Chapter 2 - Signs of Low Testosterone

Low testosterone is no fun and can negatively impact how you look, feel and perform in your daily life. Here are some common signs that you may be deficient in testosterone: 

    •    Low sex drive

    •    Difficulty getting and maintaining an erection  

    •    Hair loss

    •    Constant fatigue and lack of energy

    •    Reduced semen volume

    •    Trouble with memory

    •    Loss of muscle mass

    •    Difficulty gaining muscle

    •    Decrease in bone density and mass

    •    Increase in body fat

    •    Can't lose body fat

    •    Mood changes (anxiety, depression)

 

Chapter 3 - What Decreases Testosterone?

    •    Low fat diets: Dietary fat, especially saturated fat and cholesterol, are the raw materials that your body uses to produce testosterone.

Just as you can’t build a house without materials, you can't boost your testosterone on a low fat diet.  

    •    Excessive stress: Stress raises the hormone cortisol. This hormone enhances your ability to wake up alert, lift weights, and overall brain function. 

Cortisol is needed but there is balance that needs to be maintained. Too much cortisol can cause difficulty falling asleep, poor quality sleep, fat gain around the abdomen. 

When your cortisol is always elevated the raw materials to make testosterone are stolen by the adrenal glands to support cortisol production.

    •    Lack of adequate sleep: Your body repairs itself and rebuilds from the day's efforts while you sleep.  Your muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in your bed.

Less muscle mass means less fat burning potential. Lack of adequate sleep is associated with a stronger cravings for sugar and carbohydrates along with diminished willpower.

You secrete testosterone when you sleep;  by spending less time sleeping you spend less time producing testosterone. 

    •    Excessive amounts of sugar: There is nothing good about sugar, especially the gross amount present in our food. I challenge you to look on a label and not find at least one sugar additive in that food. 

When we pour tons of sugar and refined carbohydrates into our body throughout the day we damage our bodies. Ingesting excessive sugar stresses the organs that regulate blood sugar by forcing them to become overworked, especially the adrenal glands.

Our adrenals glands are designed for use in times of emergency to support short term stresses. When we consume large amounts of sugar we are in a constant state of stress.

Because the adrenal glands are the general of our fight or flight system it is given priority to take what it needs to keep us alive. Those materials that would be used to make testosterone are stolen and converted to cortisol instead. 

    •    Alcohol consumption: Negatively impacts blood sugar causing large insulin spikes, blunting any fat burning or muscle building potential.

Alcohol tends to also keep us up later and but depletes the quality of our sleep by interrupting our restorative stage of sleep. 

    •    Long distance running :  Steady state cardio causes the body to release the hormone cortisol that I spoke about earlier. Elevated cortisol breaks down muscle and causes fat storage.

Aerobic exercise tends to make people very hungry and causes overeating to support the next day's efforts. 

Although steady state cardio is very time intensive, you burn very few calories. Your body still think it needs extra calories, so you end up overeating.

    •    Being overweight: Higher body fat is correlated with lower levels of testosterone. This makes sense because a large aspect of boosting testosterone is adjusting your diet, exercise and lifestyle.

These are the same factors that most people address in a fat loss journey. The enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen is in body fat. The more body fat you have the more testosterone is converted to estrogen. 

    •    Environmental and Food Toxins:  Not to get too doom and gloom but these toxins are literally everywhere from our food to our shampoo.

Many of these chemicals have endocrine disrupting properties that interfere with our production of testosterone.

Switch your personal care products and household cleaners to simple toxin free alternatives and eat organic produce and grass fed meats whenever possible.

    •    Consumption of Soy: Soy is largely processed. It can be inflammatory for a large majority of people and contains phytoestrogens which have adverse effects on the production and utilization of testosterone in men.

Studies have been conducted on animals where the researchers induced testosterone decline by feeding the animals a diet rich in soy. 

    •    Nutrient deficiencies (Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, Vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids): Even when eating a diet devoid of sugars and processed foods some of these nutrients can be hard to get.  

        •    Zinc - This is an important mineral for the production of testosterone and is particularly important for blocking the production of estrogen in men. 

        •    Magnesium:  Every vitamin D3 reaction requires magnesium. It also works with vitamin D3 to aid in calcium absorption and create greater bone density.

Magnesium also aids in falling asleep and reduction of anxiety, it aids in the reduction of cortisol. Calcium and magnesium work synergistically in the contraction and relaxation of muscles which is helpful when lifting weights or sprinting.  

        •    Selenium: Every endocrine organ has a mineral which it is particularly dependent on and we should all strive to get a wide array of minerals.

The testicles are particularly dependent on Selenium, and the testicles happen to be where testosterone is produced. 

        •    Viamin D: More like a hormone in its own right Vitamin D is a common deficiency in most of the United States population.

Vitamin D plays a role in inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. It also enhances the sensitivity of the receptors in the glands that release testosterone.

Higher levels of vitamin D have been associated with lower body fat, and helps reduce production of the stress hormone cortisol. 

        •    Fish Oil: There are more studies done on fish oil than any other supplement. Some of the well proven benefits of fish oil use include less inflammation, better recovery from exercise, less body fat and more muscle. All of these contribute to the production of more testosterone. 

    •    Compromised digestion: One of the most overlooked factors when it comes to dysfunction in the body is the digestive system.

You can be eating the best diet in the world filled with the proper nutrients, minerals and vitamins.  However, if you are not properly breaking those foods down so that the body can absorb them, you will not get the benefits or be well nourished.

Your body has to be able to break down fats and proteins to use as the precursors to testosterone

DISCLAIMER: This Ebook is intended as an informational guide and is not meant to treat,diagnose or prescribe. For any kind of medical condition, disease state or physical symptoms. always consult with a qualified physician before making changes. The author does not accept any responsibility for your health or how you choose to use this information. 

If you’re tired of working hard, and not getting the results you want, I can help you adopt the simple habits necessary to reach your health or fat loss goals.

These habits are based on getting you to your goal in a sustainable fashion that can be maintained. I’ll be there every step of the way to support and keep you accountable.  

Get on a Strategy Call with me to Discover how to achieve your health or fat loss goals, and make them yours to keep this time around.

Whether you decide to work with me or not I can guarantee you will leave this call with more knowledge on how to achieve your goals.


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