Nutrition Inspiration

February 12, 2018

How to Navigate Through Nutrition Advice

Information overload, we’ve all felt it. So how exactly do we sort through the overwhelming amount of nutrition and diet advice? I have discussed this topic with friends, family, and clients because it is something that comes up as frequently as the next big superfood trend.
First I ask myself-  what kind of claim is this article or person trying to make? If they are claiming a quick fix or “this one food is the key to health” I treat it as clickbait. Don’t take it too seriously and try to question the information based on what you know and have heard in the past. Unfortunately there is not simply ONE food or diet that is right for everyone.
Next look at the source, is the website credible? If it is from a hospital, university or research establishment I take it more seriously. But caution, we sometimes see one article, that blows things out of proportion. For example, I just did a google search “is chocolate good for me?” The first link said “Chocolate- 10 reasons you should eat more of it!” Who doesn’t want to see that?! The article did link to various research studies but while we all might want to hear chocolate is good for us,  I might not run to the store and stock up for health reasons!
 If it is a blogger, what are their credentials and where they are getting their information? This is helpful to know. Many forums and bloggers do have good advice, but I encourage you double check the information and of course always asking yourself if it sounds right for you. We are all different and what works for one person might not work for another, you are the only one that knows what’s best for your body.
I posed this question to a group of wellness bloggers as well and here is what they came up with:

Trifina Sofian – Young and Cancer Free

There are so many articles on anticancer foods – what we should be eating and not eating can be overwhelming. I try to determine whether it’s a food trend or if there are actual scientific benefits behind the claims. It’s easy to get excited and jump on the next food/diet fad but what’s important is whether it would be sustainable for YOUR lifestyle and budget. What matters are the things you eat each and everyday, not just what you will eat in two or three weeks that will ultimately make a difference to your health.

Joanna Zervas: Balanced Posture Online

Know your source.  It is easy to read an article and think “yes, this is so true! I need to do what this person is saying…”. However, following the advice from an unreliable and uneducated source can be quite detrimental to your health. Unfortunately, a lot of the content online is unmonitored and people are giving advice that isn’t really theirs to give.   Do some of your own research and find trusted professionals with credible backgrounds.

Ciara Doran- Cool Things I Love

I tend to navigate reputable medical sites and blogs for my nutrition and diet advice. I wouldn’t believe everything I read on Pinterest for instance!

Cassie Spanner- Be Forever Healthier 

The amount of false information around diet and nutrition out there is astonishing!  Just because something is said in an article or in a documentary or is even posted on a meme doesn’t make it true!  You should always check your sources!

I just go with what feels right to me.  I enjoy eating a mostly whole foods, plant based diet and my body responds well to it.  I don’t believe you have to drink matcha tea, kale smoothies and quinoa salads all day every day to be healthy.  It’s all about balance for me.  I don’t eliminate anything completely, and I listen to my body and it’s cravings.

Wendy Hodge- Wendy’s Way to Health

I agree that having a trusted source is really, really important. The easy availability of the internet these days means that everyone has a platform. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it just means that you need to be aware that not everyone has your best interests at heart, or has the knowledge/education to support the claims they’re making. Don’t believe everything you read, check credentials and remember that study results can be skewed to favour any idea.

Olivia Crawford- Olivia 

The biggest thing for me has been realising that we are all unique. What works for one person may not work for another. So if I read a piece of advice or information I try to consider possible pros and cons which may require a bit more research. If the information or advice resonates with me then I might put it into practice making sure that I pay close attention to how my body reacts. If there’s any doubt then I’ll try and ask a professional or get a second opinion to make sure that I’m not causing myself any harm.

Amy Miller- I Heart the New Me

I usually try to stick with trusted sources. My boot camp instructor is also my nutrition coach. She sends me articles, advice, websites and I trust her. If I have a question, she’s my starting point for sure. Sometimes I’ll Google something she tells me and most of the info will fall in line with what she says.

Susan Minich- My Real Dish

I think you look at the source of the information. Also, trust your body because what works well for one person, may not work well for you. Finally, ask your doctor. I like to educate myself by reading various sources on whatever I have going on, and then I bring my thoughts or the theories that I have read to my doctor in order to get her opinion and have her run the tests and the bloodwork.

DrMJ – The Babywearing Health Coach

Researching and learning about nutrition and what works for YOU! There is so much information these days out but for a good reason. There are so many different types of bodies. Not one particular type of diet works for every body.

Chantal Drouin-Charters- Mindful Munching

I love reading about health and nutrition and am amazed at how much information, even conflicting information, is out there. Eat carbs, don’t eat carbs; butter is good, no it’s bad; high protein is the way to go, but no it should be high fat, low carb.There’s so much out there that it will make your head spin. I do my best to consume information from trusted sources, but I also keep in mind that what works for one person, might not work for you.. So it’s about learning, researching, and choosing what’s right for you.

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