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Every. damn. day. 
 
I see something marked as “healthy” when in all reality, it’s complete crap. 
 
Sure, it’s the thought that counts and I commend the effort, but there needs to be some serious change.  
 
I’m going to pick on three of the most notorious offenders that I see on a daily basis:
  • Caffeine
  • Protein
  • Soy
 
Caffeine.
 
Ex.: Monster Energy Drinks
 
You can look at one ingredient and see why this is a horrible choice: 27g sugar. 
That’s like eating a Snickers bar…. You know what’s even crazier? Your recommended daily intake of sugar is 25g. 
 
And because the FDA doesn’t regulate/care about what high sugar intakes do to our health (because more sugar = more money) they don’t report on your daily percentage intake. Which, if it was reported, a Monster Energy Drink would come in at a whopping 108% of your daily sugar intake. Opps. Ouch. 
 
Instead, choose caffeine drinks that aren’t loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce – black or bulletproof coffee, lemon water, (KillCliff has been really making headway in this area, too!)
(p.s. I read this article on  the ‘Side Effects of Sugary Drinks’ this morning – check it out here.) 
 
Protein.
 
Some (most) are crap powders. Laced with crap ingredients. Ingredients that sound like they should belong in a cleaning bottle, not in your shaker cup.
 
First, think of collagen, like bone collagen. Think about how that would taste. Pretty dry, tasteless, maybe even a little unpalatable? Now think about your “protein” powders. Creamy, smooth, milk-shakey …kinda delicious, right?
 
Unfortunately, to make that powder SO delicious, most manufactures add synthetic, toxic ingredients to their products   Aspartame, saccharin, fructose, soy and artificial colors are all things you might see on the label.  
 
Something even scarier? You may be sucking down large amounts of MSG (which is horrible) because separating protein from its food source during manufacturing results in the creation of MSG.  You won’t see it in the list of ingredients because it is a by-product of manufacturing and does not have to be listed. Sneaky a-holes. 
 
Look for: grass-fed proteins, no hormones, antibiotics or fillers, no lactose, soy, gluten, salt or added sugar/artificial sweeteners
 
Soy
 
Oh, poor soy. You had such high hopes. I like this opening statement from PaleoLeap:

If you follow what the government and food industry tells you like a broken record, you probably still believe that soy has some health benefits and that it’s a good idea to consume at least some. After all, what could be bad about the innocent soy milk or tasteless tofu?

It’s true. We’re being lied to. First, let me start by saying, most soy is genetically modified as is totally harmful to our bodies and the planet.
 
 
  • The goitrogens in soy are potent anti-thyroid compounds that can lead to  endocrine disruption and thyroid disorders. Infants on soy formula have a much higher risk of autoimmune thyroid disease.
  • Soy throws off our hormonal balance (tries to mimic the body’s natural estrogen hormones) 
  • High levels of phytic acid in soy inhibit the body’s ability to absorb uber important minerals (zinc, calcium, magnesium)

Those are just a few reasons why soy stinks. 

Be on the look out, though. TONS of “clean” protein bars and drinks are LOADED with soy protein and soy protein isolate. Stay. away
 
Not that I’m trying to be overly negative about certain types of foods and products. Honestly, you’re going to eat what you’re going to eat and that’s fine. 
 
My purpose for writing this is to educate. Many people don’t know or understand the harmful effects a lot of food-like products have on our systems. What I always like to tell people is this:
 
In order to feel your best and perform your best, you must nourish yourself with the best. 
 

Sure, the best stuff is probably more expensive. But why are we turned off by that? Isn’t the one thing we should be investing the most money in, without question, our bodies? Granted, we only have one. We don’t get a redo or a restart. 

Think about that. 
 
-Of course, reach out if you have questions or comment below. I’m always happy to help.
 
be well,
Katie
 
Paleo "PB" and Jelly
Serves 2
Paleo-version of my favorite childhood lunch - PB&J (with almond butter, of course!)
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
  3. 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil (or melted coconut oil)
  4. 1 tbs chia seeds
  5. 2/3 c almond flour
  6. Dash of Himalayan sea salt
  7. Raisins, dates or figs
  8. Almond butter
Instructions
  1. Mix first six ingredients together
  2. Pour into shallow bowl or wide mouthed mug
  3. Microwave on high for 3 min
  4. Let cool and rest for 5 minutes
  5. Slice bread in half, slather each side with almond butter, top with dried fruit
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. * You can also place this batter in a muffie pan and bake on high at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (will get a little crispier!)
WellU. http://thewellu.com/
 *Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, counselor or doctor. I am happy to answer any questions you have based on my personal experiences, opinions, research, and knowledge; but know that I do not have any medical degrees to qualify me to give you any personal or direct advice about food, dietary or lifestyle choices.* 

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