Nutrition Challenge Week 4 – “Eat This, Not That: An Ode to Moderation”
Posted BY: coachcorey87
I’VE GOT A BONE TO PICK WITH J.LO. No, not you Jose! Jennifer Lopez. Yeah, you heard me right. And it’s not because I’m jealous of her booty either.
So, J.Lo and her hubby Alex Rodriguez (A.Rod) started this “10 Day No Sugar No Carbs Challenge”. Ok, that’s fine. I myself was on a keto diet for over a year and felt great – I have nothing against trying something new for health. Plenty of people could use a reduction in sugar and processed junk – over a third of our US population is either diabetic or pre-diabetic, and sugar in all it’s sneaky forms, along with refined carbohydrates stripped of their fiber and other nutrients play a huge role in that statistic.
So what’s the problem with this 10 day challenge? The problem is what happens after: bingeing. After his 10 day challenge was over, A.Rod posted a picture on social media of himself surrounded by and chowing down on all kinds of carby goodness: pizza, donuts, fries, cakes…with the caption “How did you break your #10daychallenge? Top this.”
Great. You’ve just taken a harmless challenge and made it into an opportunity to teach your fans and everyone that joined you for this challenge that binge/purge behavior with food is okay. Swinging to extremes with anything in life is not healthy, and food is no exception. Over and over again, studies have shown that moderation is the way to go as far as diet is concerned. Too much or too little of any nutrient will mess a human body up. We’re meant to survive on a wide variety of foods to achieve optimal health and nutrition.
It’s too bad that many people have an unhealthy relationship with food and are not able to live in moderation. Some of this stems from lack of mindfulness around eating, which we touched on last week. Other times it’s lack of knowledge about nutrition and health, and unfortunately our economic status plays a role as well.
This is all not to say that you shouldn’t challenge yourself to be healthier! If you want to do a 10 day no sugar challenge, go for it! Just do me (and yourself) a favor and break your sugar fast mindfully, with maybe just a small treat instead of a table full!