I read a lot of blogs(many are paleo blogs), and I work with people who are all about the paleo diet, as I've mentioned before. I've been feeling almost guilty lately about eating certain things that they say are so bad for me....But I read so many different things, different opinions, conflicting information...and it just boggles my mind and causes me to constantly worry!
Like I feel like everything I eat is bad for me now in some way or another! Chicken breast is good for you right? Well, not if it's not grass fed, free range chicken. Low fat cottage cheese and skim milk is healthy right? Nope, dairy products aren't good for you. Protein shakes are a good way to get in more protein, which is healthy, right? Nope, whey isn't good for you either, and they have artificial sweeteners in them. Fruits are definitely good for you, right? Well, no, not if you eat too many-fructose spikes your insulin and makes you fat. Peanut butter is a healthy snack, right? Nope-legumes are bad for you! Fruit and vegetables are healthy...but only if they're organic! See what I mean?????
I'm in a constant battle inside my head, thinking that I'm damaging my body by eating grains and dairy and peanut butter and protein shakes...but then my husband tells me that I'm getting too obsessive and strict with my eating.
So today I came across a couple of blogs that talked about exactly what I'm going through right now! It's good to know that I'm not the only one who gets obsessive about food!
One of the blogs I came across is this one: http://niashanks.com/blog/Processed+Food+Confusion/
And this is exactly what I needed to hear today:
"Everything is relative and it all comes down to you discovering and doing what works best for you. If you want to follow a Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, low carb, high carb, low fat, nutrient timing, carb cycling, intermittent fasting, or any other diet method, then that’s fine. Just do what works for you and whatever makes you happy and improves your health. No single method will appeal to everyone."
And here's another blog that discusses "clean eating" and how it can cause an obsession:
http://jcdfitness.com/2010/09/clean-eating-is-a-scam-and-why-you-should-abandon-it/ And yeah, this comment he makes:"Someone out there right now is worrying incessantly about whether or not to have some melted cheese on their chicken and rice. No joke – it’s happening." Yup...that is me he's talking about, sadly to say!
I have to do what works for me to keep me stress and anxiety free. Because ultimately, having anxiety from worrying about everything I eat is not good for my health, either!