Hola! How was everyone’s weekend? Did you watch the game? Steve and I enjoyed the game from the comfort of our home and it was the perfect night in, complete with homemade pizza and wings.

 

 

 

 

This week’s workouts are off to a good start. My elbow is on the mend but I’m still using the safety squat bar which has definitely helped in the recovery process. That man of mine, he’s definitely a smart one 😉 I’ve also been taking extra time rolling out my upper back/arms with the lacrosse ball too.

 

 

I haven’t taken a workout selfie yet this week so you get this one I snapped yesterday

 

 

Moving on to the whole point of the post for today – it seems to me that every day there is some sort of new diet or challenge or something that has people cutting out major food groups for no apparent reason.

 

*** Before I go any further please know that I understand that certain people need to eliminate certain things from their diet for medical reasons, that`s not what I’m talking about here ***

 

 

With all the buzz and hype around gluten free, paleo, whole 30, dairy free, low fat, high/only fat (keto), etc etc etc, it’s no wonder the general population is so damned confused about healthy eating and weight loss! Every time I open facebook, watch the news, look on a magazine rack there is some new diet touting the ultimate solution to weight loss. Lately it seems like most of the latest diet fads are all focused on cutting out major things from our diet, whole food groups even. Why is it that in modern society we want to eliminate whole foods but are perfectly fine ingesting processed, chemical laden, man made crap?

 

 

So I can eat this highly processed cookie that has a ton of high fructose items, next to no fiber and a bunch of other additives because it’s gluten free? I don’t see the logic.

 

 

If you don’t react negatively to any food, why cut it out? Why eliminate grains if you tolerate them well? Why cut out dairy all together if you suffer no negative reactions from eating it?

 

 

People marvel at how quickly they drop weight when they initially start a new diet – well ya, if you were eating like crap before and are now eating more veggies, healthy fats and lean protein you can bet you’ll see a difference. It doesn’t necessarily mean that grains are the devil, you likely had poor eating habits before you started.

 

 

I like the idea behind paleo, eating things that come from the ground or things that eat things that come from the ground, because it gets people eating more real, whole foods. I don’t think you need all the rules and limitations associated with paleo to reap the benefits though.

 

 

This made me chuckle

 

 

I just don’t understand why people are making healthy eating so damned complicated. Eat mainly whole, real food. Food that doesn’t come with an ingredient list. Hydrate properly. Get enough protein and healthy fat. Once in a while enjoy some pizza 😉

 

 

I really think most people suffer from portion control and eating too much processed crap. I don’t think gluten or dairy or whatever the latest diet craze is telling us to cut out is the culprit. We always want to blame something for why we can’t lose weight instead of taking the accountability we should. Most of us snack rather mindlessly and a few handfuls of nuts each day, a couple cookies, a few glasses of wine a night, it all adds up. I’ve seen people go paleo and lose weight then gain it back. Why? Because they go overboard on coconut oil, bacon and the likes. Cutting food groups from your diet does not guarantee weight loss.

 

 

 

 

Before you go off and cut a bunch of things from your diet ask yourself if you really need to. Is it grains that are making you overweight or is it because your diet is 70% carbs with little to no protein or healthy fats? Don’t over complicate things that can be kept rather simple. Most people know what they should be eating and simply choose not to. (FYI, I’m fully aware I don’t eat perfectly all the time and I don’t pretend to. I do like to think I’ve reached a happy balance though)

 

There’s a whole lot more I’d like to get into but we’ll save that for another day. If you want to talk nutrition (not meal plans, just general advice, I don’t have time for full blown meal plans right now) send me an email: chelsey@powerhousefitfoodie.com.

 

 

Lift Heavy. Live Big.

 

 

Why is Everyone Eliminating Foods From Their Diet?
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10 thoughts on “Why is Everyone Eliminating Foods From Their Diet?

  • February 5, 2014 at 12:07 am
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    Loved this post! I’m seeing it all the time and it frustrates the hell out of me! Why eliminate foods that are working perfectly fine in your body?!

    I totally agree with you Chelsey – eat good, honest food, in moderation and not TOO much. It’s all about eating the right foods for your body at the right time without the guilt! 😉
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    • February 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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      Exactly! It drives me nuts to see all of these bloggers and people on instagram cutting this and that from their diet for no real reason. Then they go so overboard on the only foods they are allowed to eat and think they need to cut more out or whatever…I just hate it because the general population is just so clueless and confused on what actually works at this point.

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  • February 6, 2014 at 8:17 am
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    Ugh this is why I hate writing about being Paleo – I don’t want to influence anyone in the wrong way and make them think they have to eat Paleo too. I am doing it for a legitimate reason and I wish more than anything I didn’t have to! I freakin hate not being able to have dairy and grains. I still have a little cheese almost every day and grains twice a week or else I would die…. haha

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    • February 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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      You’ve always made it abundantly clear why you do paleo and are pretty open about the fact that you wouldn’t choose to eat that way and don’t recommend it to everyone. I just don’t get why everyone feels like they need to eliminate all these things, it drives me bonkers!

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  • February 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm
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    I totally agree with this!!!! We eat a pretty restricted diet because of health problems and intolerance – but I can assure you that if I don’t have to eliminate a food, I don’t!! I struggled for a long time trying to fit my ‘diet’ into certain labels – and then finally learned it was better to eat the foods that actually made ME feel good, instead of foods that someone else labeled a certain way!
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    • February 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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      Exactly, some people need to cut certain things out, I totally get that. It just seems that everyone feels the need to label their food and how they eat. I just miss it when things were more simple and everyone wasn’t constantly jumping on the latest diet bandwagon.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you. You took the words right out of my mouth.
    Nourishing ourselves and eating the foods we crave is what it’s all about. Moderation. Being happy. I might want all fruits and veggies today and all bread and sweets tomorrow- that’s life! If I fully eliminate food groups, I eliminate the freedom to change my mind. And, I don’t know about everyone else, but I would hate to spend my entire life feeling deprived of something I love. Life is too short and, at the end of the day, food shouldn’t be our main focus anyways!
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    • February 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm
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      I totally agree! It upsets me just how much some people focus on food throughout their ENTIRE day. Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but it’s not the only thing I think about all day, every day.

      Food is meant to be savoured and enjoyed and you can’t do that when you’re constantly cutting things out for no good reason.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 5:49 am
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    I agree that sometimes people cut things from their diet because it’s trendy and they want an easy fix for weight loss!! However, I think that if you can eat it and it has benefits to your healthy you shouldn’t be keeping it from your body!! I have tried Paleo when I was training for a triathlon and that was truly helpful for my body and gave me plenty of energy- but there were certain things that I still kept in my diet, even though it was restricted on Paleo- like hummus, peanut butter, and some others. There’s an article about the benefits of whole grains, further supporting your idea that certain things should be kept in our diets- give it a read!

    http://watchfit.com/diet/what-is-good-about-gluten/

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    • March 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm
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      I loved that article! I love that paleo makes people eat more whole, unprocessed food I just wish that there weren’t such restrictions on it. I don’t feel like everyone needs to label their diet. Eat good food most of the time and you’ll be just fine 🙂

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