I’ll probably get some flack for this post from some of my family members, but I feel obligated to tell it like it is in regards to all things health and beauty.
One of the things I have noticed, and especially living in America, is that as a nation, we are diet obsessed. I blame some of this obsession with celebrities and social media who tell us that if we are not a picture perfect size zero with firm, flawless skin, we are not truly beautiful. Women, in particular, are programmed at an early age that what we look like is more important than what kind of person we are.
If you flip through any fashion/beauty magazine or watch TV at any given time, you will undoubtedly see ads or commercials for various diets, promising to help you shed that “unwanted weight” and give you the perfect body you long for. Unfortunately, these diets, while created to help you shed pounds, do not promote health or beauty whatsoever.
Probably the most unhealthy of all is the low carb, high (animal) protein diet. Yes, you will lose weight quickly and you may even feel good while you are on it, but in reality, it is not only aging but can be dangerous as well.
In a study that was done in 2002, 51 people were put on a low-carb, high protein diet. They lost an average of over 20 pounds in about six months, however, subjects reported having issues such as constipation, bad breath, headaches, hair loss, and one woman had heavier menstrual bleeding. It was also observed that the dieters had a large increase in the amount of calcium excreted in their urine.
Consuming large amounts of animal protein creates all sorts of toxic by-products in your body, such as purines, uric acid, and ammonia. Anytime we have a build up of toxins in our bodies, our blood cannot transport the minerals we need to stay young, healthy and beautiful. It also taxes our liver and kidneys, which are two of our bodies main detoxifiers.
Eating a low carb diet can result in ketosis, which makes your blood more acidic. An acidic body ages faster. If you take a look at bodybuilders or fitness models who eat the standard low carb, high protein diet, they may have great, chiseled bodies, but their faces look old and lined and haggard. Kimberly Snyder refers to them as “old skinny people”. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather eat some healthy carbs and look young than be skinny and look ten years or so older….
There are many other health dangers to eating low carb long term, according to research done by the “Asia Pacific of Clinical Nutrition”, such as heart problems, kidney damage, osteoporosis, increased cancer risk, and even sudden death. Yikes! Again, I’ll eat my carbs, thank you!
Now, just so we’re clear, I’m not suggesting that you eat just any carb or even that you give up meat completely. Our bodies need carbs in order to function properly, just as much as we need protein. It’s the sources we obtain these that are the most important. Healthy carbs that come from fruits, veggies, and gluten-free grains are a must, and protein from plant foods are incredibly healing as well as beautifying. Limited amounts of animal protein is ok, as long as it is organic and hormone free. Just note that eating animal protein more than once a day will cause your body to become too acidic, which we’ve established can cause health issues as well as age you faster.
Another extremely dangerous diet, which isn’t a specific diet per se, but is a habit of jumping on every new diet that comes along, essentially yo-yo dieting. This sort of behavior can not only wreck havoc on your metabolism, making it harder for you to lose weight but can cause a multitude of health and beauty issues, including faster aging, kidney and liver damage, heart issues, skin issues, nutritional deficiencies, a build up of toxins and increased inflammation. Not to mention depression and binge eating. Unfortunately, many people don’t have the patience to wait for the diet they are on to work before they give up and move on to the next new diet that promises even faster results. Or they reach a plateau and get discouraged and move on to the next diet, each time shocking their bodies and slowing down their metabolism.
I won’t even go into the diets that are made up of mostly processed shakes, bars, microwave meals, and snacks. Processed foods do not, I repeat, do not create or promote health or beauty in your body. Weight loss does not equal health or beauty. End of story.
The thing is, when you eat real foods, especially plant-based foods, the weight automatically comes off. The only difference is that your skin will become clear, youthful and radiant, your hair shiny and your overall health will improve. And being healthy will allow your true beauty to shine through. 🙂
As the saying goes, “there is no diet that will do what healthy eating does.” Amen to that!
Peace and love