Canada’s Food Guide has been taught as the undisputed true way to good health for decades. Nurses, physicians, and dieticians have all been taught this in their educational processes and they pass this information along to the public. As a nurse, I too am guilty of having preached this so called truth to people – with only the best of intentions.
The problem is, I don’t believe it. I never really did. Think about it – if you were to eat the amount and type of food the guide recomends, you would be eating an enormous amount of carbs! While filling up on carbs we are encouraged to eat only small amounts of meats and fats.
It is also flawed in that it doesn’t differentiate between fruits and vegetables – which are not nutritionally equivalent. We can eat plenty of low carb veggies – but fruits – being higher in sugar need to be consumed in moderation. Think of fruit as natures candy!
As Dr. William Davis explains in his book “Wheat Belly”, this is a recipe for disaster for anyone trying to lose that spare tire, or just maintain good cardiovascular health. His insightful explanations regarding how various foods are processed in our bodies confirmed for me, many of the the beliefs I had been developing over the years but just didn’t have a good explanation for.
This also provides a good explanation for why the Isagenix cleanse I recently undertook had such a good effect on me and many others I know. I have continued consuming fewer carbs and drinking protein shakes since the cleanse. Reducing wheat and other carbs and replacing them with protiens and essential fats made me feel and look better. It has even improved my ability to concentrate and has helped me feel emotionally better – happier.
Science writer Gary Taubes author of “Why We Get Fat”, and “Good Calories Bad Calories”, communicates a similar message.
Check out the Reader’s Digest version of his message: http://garytaubes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/WWGF-Readers-Digest-feature-Feb-2011.pdf
So, while it feels a little blasphemous – I am removing my link to Canada’s food guide and will not be recommending it to friends and clients in the future.