We are all at different levels of nutritional sophistication.
When you get to a point where you have been actively trying to eat better for quite some time, you often forget what it was like to try to navigate the world of healthy eating as a newbie.
Food companies use clever marketing and cutting edge words to get their non nutritious products into your hands, while having you think "this is good for me!" when it could actually be doing more harm than good. I don't like tricks! I want you to be well-equipped with information, or at least stimulated to question everything before you put it in your mouth.
The food you eat LITERALLY becomes you! This is why I've simplified some common terms to help you navigate the grocery store on your next trip.
So if you're looking to begin to eat better, here is a guide to navigate through the world of impeccably marketed but not so good for you food.
GLUTEN-FREE...... does not equal healthy. It means nothing except that specific food does not contain gluten. Unless you have celiac disease, or have been identified as someone who has a gluten intolerance.... these products are just overpriced and sometimes nutrient lacking.
Advice: Figure out if your body responds negatively to gluten before spending the extra money on these products.
ORGANIC...... means it is grown without pesticides or additives, or in a specific manner than meets the Canadian Organic Standards guidelines. An organic chocolate bar might be better for your overall health than a 'regular' chocolate bar (and don't even get me started on the fact that organic and regular mean different thing). However, it is STILL a chocolate bar that is just empty calories. Advice: Organic does not mean less calories, nor is it a magic bullet to weight loss. Consider buying organic whole foods like produce and meats but skip the organic snacks as they are not that much better.
ENERGY BARS….. all food is ENERGY! Eating ANYTHING will provide you with energy because the body breaks down all carbs/fats/protein (macronutrients) for each cell to use to form energy through a process known as glycolysis. Calories = energy. If the energy bar is too high in calories for you, or contributes too much fat or carbs to your overall daily intake…. then it is not necessarily a "healthy energy."
Advice: Don't get tricked into thinking energy bars are healthy. View it as a treat, or use it as fuel for activity.
PROTEIN ADDED "anything" ....... If I poured a scoop of protein powder in your mouth while you chewed a snickers bar does this suddenly make it healthy? In many cases, this is what a protein bar is made up of.
Advice: Consume with caution/look at the sugar + fat content or eat a better source of protein like chicken, turkey, or beef.
VITAMINS..... I love vitamins and we need them. If you are truly deficient in a vitamin, then definitely look for a good quality source and take that regularly! Don't get suckered in to taking each and every vitamin on the market though. If you are eating a variety of whole foods you are likely doing OK.
Advice: Do your research, talk to a your health care provider and figure out which ones are worth your pennies.
FAT FREE….. this is notoriously BAD advice that you need to have a fat free diet. Your body needs fat to make some of the most important things! Some populations should be watching their fat intake… however, the market is flooded with "fat free products" based on some old poorly done research. The trouble is that these prodcuts are often LOADED with sugar and/or calories, yet people think they are eating healthy and are disheartened when a fat free diet does little to contribute to their obesity or poor healthy state.
Advice: check out the calories and grams of sugar on the label before consuming. Consider reading up on healthy fats and the advantages of the consumption of fat here.
If you'd like to learn more, contact me!
I am currently accepting new nutrition coaching clients.
Dr. Alli Cain
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Dr. Alli Cain is a Chiropractor, CrossFit Coach/Owner at CrossFit Groundworx Newmarket, Nutrition Coach & healthy living advocate. She is passionately inspired to help change the way you prioritize you and your families health.
Dr. Cain believes that just because you aren't sick, doesn't mean you're as healthy as you could be. Everyone deserves the opportunity to live in their best health state.
Through education, empowerment & the provision of all of the resources she can provide, Dr. Cain is the catalyst to your happy, healthy & successful life.
Junk food is in our lives and it's not going anywhere. So long as big companies can make a pretty penny off selling chips, candy, crackers, pop etc…. it's going to be here. Plus, it's delicious…. and sometimes just unavoidable!
So let's learn to appreciate food in a completely different way. To go out for dinner and enjoy a beer and a hamburger without feeling guilty or letting your nutrition spiral out of control.
My role is to manage your nutritional life, and strategize how to accomplish your health, fitness & nutrition goals around everything that happens in your unique day, week and life.
The fact is, most people go on diets that provide them a moderate level of success, but rarely does it improve their relationship with food.
My goal is different. I want to completely rewire how you look at food. Literally everything you eat becomes you. Let's figure out how to allow you to be made up of the best stuff possible.
When I graduated in June, I did not set out to be a nutritional wizard, nor do I have much background in building an online business. However, I do have expert level knowledge in nutrition, plus a thirst for continued learning. Over the past few months I have quickly recognized a HUGE gap in the understanding of nutrition - from high level athletes to weekend warriors…. the general approach to food by most people is not cohesive to the goals of these individuals.
My online nutrition coaching serves to bridge that gap. It's a tool, that, if used correctly, will not only lead to incredible results, but also educated and empower people to make smart choices for life.
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Dr. Alli Cain
P.S. I am accepting new nutrition coaching clients today!
"The distinction is telling.
The medical model takes an average and calls it normal, whether it is body temperature, height, weight or nutritional needs.
What is "normal" is unique from individual to individual, especially if you believe we are each an "experiment of one."
So, do you want your health to be average? Or do you want to take hold of your own health and control your own normal?"
I am currently accepting new patients, training clients & nutrition clients who want to create a new normal for their health. If you , or someone you know could benefit from a new or renewed look at all aspects of their health, please pass along my information.
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The above in quotes was taken from Bill Esteb at http://www.patientmedia.com/white-board-archives/
October is in the books and it was a big month of growth for me!
I bought my first house and I turned 28 years old. I also learned something new about myself that is going to be so valuable going forward… because I always thought that buying a house would make me super happy… but instead I had one of the shittiest months of my life.
Purchasing a home has been a goal I set for myself quite seriously when I started chiropractic school in 2011. My goal was to be able to purchase a home by the time I was 27. Looking into the future at the onset of school, I knew that this was going to be 2 months post graduation and not an easy thing to do.
Fast forward to September 27th, 2015. I went to an open house with my father and decided "this is the one!" I'll spare the unfortunate details of my amazing realtor having to leave a Blue Jays playoff game to put in the paperwork… but long story short, my offer was accepted and the closing date was Oct 30 - 3 days after my birthday….Goal accomplished!
The home buying process was the most stressful thing I have ever done.
This is where the learning comes in.
The entire month was "hurry up and wait." I would be told that this document would be needed at some point the next week but not given more information than that. When the mortgage broker, or lawyer decided it was time that they needed me to do something… they would put the pressure on to get it done ASAP. I would spend days feeling frozen, not being able to be present in the moment for fear of missing the opportunity to get the next step done in the process. I was out of loop, I never knew what to expect, I didn't understand why someone couldn't just tell me what to have prepared so that I could make it readily available to them, instead of giving me the run around.
I ended up taking two days off from the clinic for fear of not being available to fax a sheet of paper in time, or sign a document. That combined with the long Thanksgiving weekend led to quite a bit of time off from Align & Groundworx.
This quote spoke deeply to me when reflecting ...
"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." - Alfred D. Souza
I took two days off this month, plus each day woke up thinking to myself "I hope that I don't have a busy day so I can be available if they need me to sign this document." I helped 50% less people this month, and was available 33% less because of my selfishness. I am disappointed in myself in letting one area of my life affect all aspects of it in such a large way. I learned an extremely valuable lesson, and grew as an individual, and as a professional.
Overall, what I learned is that there is always going to be many different things going on in life, especially when I am involved in so many different things - Chiropractic, CrossFit Groundworx, Nutrition, Headlocks, Box Battles. I cannot let stress from one part of my life influence the stress of another. My commitment to my practise, patients and athletes must always recieve my complete attention.
month 3 (11 working days):
New Patients: 8
Chiropractic Visits: 108