(My business feasibility group and instructor - I learned a lot drawing up a business plan and looking at building a survivable business. We wanted to open a rehearsal studio in Montreal in which bands come to our soundproof, well equipped rooms and rock out.)
During the past few days of feasibility presentations there have been a few groups proposing "healthy restaurants" or "organic snacks". Due to time constraints I was unable to pose my questions but here is what I gathered from the presentations:
a) the nutritional information obtained was from the Canada food guide
b) Calories were the end all, be all of a meal
c) The word Organic meant Healthy
d) Saturated Fat and Cholesterol are SO BAD!
I am not an expert in nutrition but from my experience I have noticed certain things that work for me, my friends and my family. I have also done reading in areas that deal with nutrition that enhances performance such as the Zone and the Paleo diet. I'll address the four points I have noticed come up.
a) I consider the Canada food guide a joke in that they receive funding from General Mills (I can't confirm this) so they recommend a ridiculous amount of grain products as part of your daily intake. As stated before grain has a high glycemic index and spikes insulin levels which contributes to a major problem of hyperinsulemia. I would like to discuss grains in a whole seperate post.
b) Countring calroies is not required and there is such a thing as good calories and bad calories. Eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds some fruit little starch and not sugar. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and get some exercise.
c) The word organic means Healthy. I don't know much about this organic thing but the people presenting said that their product would have a shelf life of 9 months. 9 months!!! How can something be healthy that lasts that long on a shelf? The Paleo diet is sometimes refered to as a caveman diet because you eat as a caveman would have. If you can't kill it, pick it or grow it, you don't eat it. Maybe if people worried more about what they ate instead of how it was grown, they might be healthier.
d) Finally, saturated fat and Cholesterol are not evil. If I was on a strict zone diet and I had to chose between a baggle, apple and orange juice and a McDonalds quarter pounder; I would pick the quarter pounder. Why? It would fit more into my daily block intake and I would not be overloading on carbs and getting a crash afterwards. This isn't an option that should be taken all the time but if you are in a bind its a better choice. I was once criticized for eating 4 eggs every day. To think my cholesterol would be high because of that is total BS, because I don't eat other crap food and I exercise. So whats my point? Saturated Fat and Cholesterol are not all that bad if a proper diet is followed and exercise is implemented. Plus the majority of stuff you think that is probably saturated like meat, eggs, bacon, lard, etc. is almost 70 percent polyunsaturated. I will post more on the cholesterol con in a separate post.
Now this is my view on things and there may be some holes in my arguments so a discussion of this is encouraged. I am constantly trying to improve my knowledge on this topic. Although it is basic right now, that is all I would need if I just wanted to increase performance and be healthy. That is the beuty of what we do, it is simple and easy to understand.