We all want to be healthy. The problem is that there is too much conflicting information available to us and most people just don't know what to listen to as the truth.
I get really fed up with people who claim to experts and are leading people toward their own special health product or fad diet that is supposed to fix everything and make their lives all better. Because the truth is that these people don't know you or your family. They don't know your lives, your genetics, your environment. They don't know who you are and what you need. And additionally, most of these experts haven't experienced what you or your children have.
Here are some of the really bad ones to watch out for:
Any kind of vitamin drink
These are usually filled with sugar and chemicals. They will just make gain weight, not make you more healthy. The vitamins are synthetic, not natural.
Anything labeled "gluten free"
Now, I am a huge no-gluten diet advocate for many reasons. In order to follow a healthy gluten free diet, you need to know that products are labeled "gluten free" often contain other starches like rice, other grains, or tapioca, cassava, corn or potato. All these products will do is make you gain weight and cause insulin resistance because they are so full of non-nutritive carbohydrates (i.e. sugar to your body). Don't look at the marketing; read the ingredient labels to decide what to purchase and consume.
Anything labeled "sugar free"
Yes, sugar is a bad no-no. But if something tastes sweet and does not contain sugar, it will contain something else. Some sweeteners are natural like honey and pure stevia, while some are artificial, chemical sweeteners. Synthetic sweeteners are toxic to the body. Becoming more and more popular today are sugar alcohols like xylitol and erythritol. These sugar alcohols can cause a lot of digestive distress for some people. Read the actual ingredient labels and don't just buy something because it says it is sugar free. Products sweetened with HFCS are especially toxic.
Anything labeled "All Natural"
This label means literally nothing in the U.S. Anyone can use these words on the label of their products without regulation. And natural does not mean organic.
A vendor actually asked me once in a health food grocery store if I would like to try some healthy alcohol. It was made from super healthy coconut water so it was better for you than regular beer. Um.... No! Alcohol is toxic to the liver and it doesn't matter what it's made from.
Fruit smoothies and fruit juices
For a non-diabetic, a little bit of fruit is a healthy thing. However, fruit smoothies and juices are extremely high in sugar (fructose). We are told that fruit in any form is healthy, and that as long as it is pure fruit sweetened, it is alright and good for us to consume. This is just not true. Fructose is sugar and it has the same effect of raising blood glucose levels and causing weight gain as any other kind of sugar-it just has some vitamins and antioxidants that come along with it. When you take a bunch of fruit and blend it up or juice it, you are basically predigesting it so that when you consume it, your blood sugar will rise more quickly than if you had eaten just one piece of fruit and had to chew it to break down the cell walls.
Evaporated cane juice - the "healthy sugar"
No, it is not healthy. I actually had the owner of an herbal healing shop tell me once that the bars she was selling at the counter were healthy when I refused to buy one for my son, because they contained the healthy kind sugar. It was evaporated cane juice. Sugar is sugar. Sugar from sugar beets is most likely GMO in the U.S., but cane juice is still toxic to the body, causes weight gain and insulin resistance, hyperactivity, and sugar rushes and subsequent crashes. Even "all natural" candy that contains sugar is still harmful to your body. It may not contain synthetic flavors or colors, but the sugar will hurt you.
Energy comes from inside of you. If you need more energy, eat some protein, drink some water, sit in the sunshine, or take a power nap. Energy drinks don't give you real energy; they give you a sugar or caffeine rush. Stay away from these toxic soups that are most definitely not natural or health-promoting.
Any type of supplement that contains synthetic preservatives and/or additives
If a company is really aligned with helping people to be healthy, they will not add toxic chemicals to their products.
Drinks, smoothies, bars, or meal replacements for weight loss
The key to weight loss is controlling your diet, not eating toxic, chemical-filled bars and smoothies. There are so many fad diets out there and people really end up suffering because they never truly teach them how to eat properly to lose and maintain healthy weight. Stay away from the fads and learn how to be a healthy eater for life. You can learn more in my course, Healthy Weight Loss for Wellness.
Anyone that claims that their special diet or way of eating is the best and will have the same effects for everyone.
Everyone's body is different. There is no one way of eating that will cure everyone's ailments or give everyone more energy. The complexities of the allergies, sensitivities, and health conditions that people are experiencing today require that food is used specifically in an individual way to achieve health results. The only underlying foundation that is the same across the board to support optimal health is to eat organic, whole foods. However, this is not a cure; it is a foundation for supporting you in living a healthy life.
The overall key to being empowered is to avoid marketing ploys. When you purchase and ingest pure, whole, organic foods, you are on the best track to setting yourself and your family up to being healthy. Read the labels and ignore the marketing and you will be OK in a world where untruths run rampant.