I’m pretty big into helping people make choices by giving them correct information. I spend a lot of time researching topics for people who just want to know their food is healthy and safe. I’ve invested a lot of personal energy in debunking myths and misconceptions. Even with all that, sometimes I fall for it too.
This is my juicer, bought for more money than I’d like to admit. Another thing that’s a little hard to admit? I purchased it as part of a fad-diet detox plan. An unscientific, un-researched, unproven detox plan.
Because I’ve done it too. I wanted something to be true. I was counting on the idea that eating a special diet of veggies and whole grains could clear my body of all the pizza and pop and mini Twix bars. I was a tired new mom and I needed this to work.
I bought the book of some guy; not a professor or scientist or nutritionist but the maker of a health food product he wanted you to buy. I ate tofu, for which my only excuse is that it is made of soybeans. I spent SO much money on vegetables that I ground up into juice and drank by the gallon.
Then I sugar-crashed.
And the diet I needed didn’t work.
Because I didn’t do the research.
I’m not going to present the research here because this blog isn’t about detox diets, but if you want to know, Fitness Reloaded does a great job laying out the facts.
The point I’m trying to make is that we have all believed the hype–listened to the thousands of voices selling something. We have all forgotten to think for ourselves.
Yesterday I was on a Facebook thread with a person who stated “Monsanto is evil no matter what you think about GMOs.” I responded with one word.
She didn’t know. She had heard a lot of hype, so there must be something. She just didn’t know what it was.
If you believe organic must be better for you because it just must, well, I get that. If you want non-GMOs because “genetically modified” is scary, well, I can see that too. But don’t let it get in the way of thinking for yourself, of finding out the facts, of knowing what you believe and why. (But for the love of all that is good and decent, check your sources!)
And if you should still decide you want organic, hormone-free, paleo food, then go for it.
I have a juicer I can sell you.