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Stick to Simple Healthy Eating: beware of overpriced supplements

At this time of year, the ‘diet industry’ is in full swing.

They know that January is the month everyone joins a gym and buys into the latest fad diet, so they are pushing their weight loss solutions, pills and powders, superfoods and supplements like crazy this month.

Before you buy anything, understand that the prices they charge for these things are utterly disproportionate to the benefits they offer to you.

Don’t scrimp at the supermarket because you have blown all your disposable income on supplements or diet aids!! 

I cannot stress this point enough, so let me repeat it over and again, I shall say this as many ways as I can to help you understand it.

In grossly simplified terms, look at it like this:

  • 60% of your “health results” will come from EATING a CLEAN DIET – dump all the junk and sugar, stay well hydrated, breath clean fresh air, and just eat REAL, fresh, WHOLE foods
  • 39% of your “health results” will come from regular, varied exercise. Get outside every day and move and use your body. Do some ‘cardio’ and some ‘weights’ – at whatever level of ability works for you
  • 1% of your “health results” at most will come down to supplements. AT BEST

So don’t blow your food shopping budget on overpriced supplements.

Please, take ten minutes to read this previous post: https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2013/10/12/beware-of-health-and-wellness-industry-rip-offs/

Supplements costing 50 times (per pound) the price of good fresh organic whole foods!!!

The fresh organic vegetables will deliver ten times as many health benefits to your body as the highly-processed supplements. I challenge any qualified medical professional in the world to disagree with me here and prove me wrong.

Spend your money on whole, fresh organic vegetables, fresh fruits, organic free-range meat, fish and eggs, whole nuts and seeds, fresh natural produce.

Please, see supplements for what they are – “supplements”. They only SUPPLEMENT a healthy diet and lifestyle, they do not replace it. Sure they have a place, if someone has a specific weakness, condition or nutritional deficiency, then supplements can help ‘plug that gap’, but they should never form a central part of your diet. I see way too many people making ‘second rate’ food choices in the supermarket, saying they didn’t buy organic because of the cost, then paying out insane amounts of money for supplements, vitamin pills and diet aids.

Wise up folks, know that if it is packaged in a colourful presentation box, tub or bottle and advertised with a list of benefits and they are trying to sell it to you – then the profits are of more benefit to them, than the product is to you.

Don’t be ripped off – your good health is your FREE birth right, you should not have to dip your hand too deep into your pocket to ensure you are looking after your body correctly.

Eat REAL whole food. Exercise daily. Get outside in all weathers.
Read this blog often and stay on track!
Stay healthy, stay happy!

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hmmmm it’s not good to look at your blog when I am hungry 🙂 Looks delicious 🙂

    January 7, 2014
    • laughing! Sorry Andrea! Smiles…lovely roasted vegetables! Yum yum! 🙂

      January 7, 2014
  2. hairygis #

    Karl,

    What do you think of scientific programs, ones which cost nothing but seem to offer demonstrable weight loss. As you know, staying in hotels all the time, as I do, I have put way too much weight on, which I am addressing healthily. However, reading about the fasting diet (4:3), it seems for clinically obese people, like me, it offers a demonstrable weight loss plan, whilst still being free. Ultimately, I am still unsure of the fast/eat whatever you want cycle which seems a bit silly, if I did implement it, I would eat simple organic food as I have been for the past year, but it does offer good solid fat loss and not just weight loss.

    I’d be interested in your views.

    Paul

    January 20, 2014
    • Hi Paul,
      Great question, thanks for asking it. I am a fan of intermittent fasting, and I think that it is scientifically solid as a healthy way to life. I can’t say that I have particularly tested it myself as a fat-loss strategy, but in terms of intermittent fasting being a longevity strategy then I think it’s pretty good. If you go to here: https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2013/08/13/the-mnd-guide-to-body-composition-free-ebook/ and download the free eBook, open it and go to page 25, you’ll see a sub-heading “Calorie restriction and digestive workload” – read the next few pages form there, and you’ll see how I support intermittent fasting and you’ll read why I think it works for longevity.

      So yes Paul, if you want to incorporate intermittent fasting into a healthy lifestyle, then I would recommend eating normally for 5 days per week, then eating very little on two days (not two consecutive days). Stick to MND foods, all natural, and no junk. The days you are NOT calorie restricted, doesn’t mean “pig out on all you like”…you still have to display common sense and only eat enough to satisfy…no over-eating.

      As for being out, staying in hotels, life on the road. It takes planning to avoid junk food. The world of convenience food is full of sugar, I have written about the need to plan and prepare when travelling:
      https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2012/12/09/what-to-eat-for-snacks/
      https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2013/04/01/beware-of-seemingly-healthy-options/
      https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2013/02/24/exercise-while-you-travel/
      But Paul, I’m going to write a much longer blog sometime, as this is something I am often asked about. There are ways to improve the ‘food on the road’ experience. When staying in hotels, get up earlier, go for a 45-minute BRISK walk, then have scrambled eggs with tomatoes for breakfast.
      When eating out on business lunch – avoid the crappy sandwiches, opt for real fresh meat and fish, vegetables and salads. Skip the dressing on the salad.
      In the evenings, if networking, drink water instead of beer, lie and say you are on antibiotics for a toe infection if that helps get people off your back.
      Get to bed earlier, do some push-ups in your room.
      It’s a game, you have to play to win!

      Let me know how you get on, and if you have questions about intermittent fasting.

      All the best Paul,
      Karl

      January 20, 2014
      • hairygis #

        Thanks Karl, much appreciated. I have made plans this year for hotel living, in that I now have a nice new VW camper which I bring my kitchen with me. Then I shop at the supermarkets for good clean food, and cook it in the van. I have even brought some nice wholesome soup in the freezer in case I am stuck.

        I am trying the 4:3 fast program initially, as I do have a couple of stone to shift, but will then ramp down to 5:2. One good thing about the kind of hotel I stay in, is that they normally have a gym and pool, so if I am late back, I can at least snatch 30 mins in the pool or gym.

        Thanks for taking time out to reply, I enjoy your way, enjoy the way you promote it too.

        Cheers

        Paul

        January 20, 2014
  3. Great move Paul, love that, good man, the van will really help you I am sure.
    Stay in touch and let me know how the 4:3 goes.
    All the very best Paul,
    Karl

    January 20, 2014

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