Unraveling Healthy Eating Myths

Very often, the journey to optimal health is paved with contradictory advice. It can feel overwhelming and confusing in a world saturated with one-size-fits-all dietary solutions.

At Nu Mind Wellness, we advocate a personalised approach to healthy eating. After all, every individual is just that—individual. What works wonders for one person may not have the same effect on another. Nevertheless, there are several mistakes you could be making when they're trying so hard to maximise your health.  


1.   Skipping breakfast

Skipping brekkie is the most significant way to fail at healthy eating. I'm not kidding! Your poor body has been without food for at least 12 hours, and you want to make it wait even longer just to nail your intermittent fasting routine? It's a sure-fire way to upset your blood sugar, increasing your likelihood of grazing later in the day. And if you're stressed, you're creating the perfect storm. If you want to give your body the best possible start, grab yourself a protein-based breakfast. It's one of THE most important things you can do for your health.


2.   Fearing the fat

Low-fat diet? Forget it! All that old diet advice has been debunked, so embrace the good fats! Good fats will fill you up and satisfy you, killing the hunger pangs that may arise during the day. Low-fat foods often have additives hidden in them, such as sweeteners, flavourings, or thickeners, and by dodging fat, you lose out on vitamins such as A, D & E.


3.   The weekend binge

How often have you hit the weekend and thrown it all out the window? It might seem like a good idea in your sugar/alcohol/carb haze, but you are much more likely to gain weight and create an unhealthy relationship with food to boot. Stick to a healthy, balanced diet all week long, and you will see the results in both mind and body.


4.   Diet drinks

Diet drinks help you lose weight, right? Wrong! Loads of studies have connected drinking diet drinks to weight gain. Drinking something that tastes sweet but contains no calories can trigger genuine sugar cravings; it can also affect blood sugar balance, insulin levels and the body's tendency to store fat. So, ditch the diet drinks and grab some sparkling water instead!


5.   But it's healthy…

Don't kid yourself. Just because it's 'healthy' doesn't mean you can eat as much as you like. Baking at home is excellent, but just because you have replaced the flour with ground almonds or used mashed bananas instead of sugar doesn't give you the green light to eat the entire batch! The same goes for Paleo' junk food' or protein bars. Limit these snacks to be an occasional treat.

6.   Grazing

Let's get one thing straight – you are NOT a cow! Cows graze, but they have 4 stomachs to fill up. You don't! Continuously eating during the day stresses blood sugar control, digestive capacity, and energy levels. Stick to 3 balanced meals and a couple of snacks instead (although only if you really need them).


7.   Not eating enough

Skipping meals or eating child-sized portions (does anyone remember the baby food diet that Jennifer Aniston went loopy over?) will cause your metabolism to slow right down, causing your body to hold onto every scrap of energy and ounce of fat. You're also dangerously missing out on crucial nutrients. You are a grown-up now – it's time to start eating like one.


8.   The Latest fad diet

Every single week, there seems to be a new diet on the block. But the issue is always with the idea of a 'diet'. It suggests a temporary state where you diet for a set period, lose weight, and then return to 'normal' eating. Whether it's the cabbage soup diet or the Fat Flush Plan, they're not diets for life. As soon as you stop, you'll pile it all back on again…and some!


9.   Mix and match

Mixing dietary approaches is a really easy way to sabotage your health goals. Maybe on a Monday, you're on the keto diet; on Tuesday, you count calories, and for the rest of the week, you follow the 5:2. Most of these diets have convincing research; however, the only plan that stands up to rigorous analysis is the good old Mediterranean Diet. This is all about common sense and ensuring you eat a variety of lean proteins, vegetables, fibre and healthy fats.


10.   Using poor-quality supplements

Suppose you're buying cheap or poor-quality products thanks to your favourite social media influencer. In that case, this won't help your health or metabolism. Nu Mind Wellness formulas have been scientifically formulated by experts in stress and menopause. The balance of nutrients has been carefully calculated. Hence, you have a trusted, all-in-one formula without the risk of harming your health or wasting your money!


At Nu Mind Wellness, we're all about learning – changing your life for the rest of your life. We've simplified things by creating an all-in-one supplement to complement a healthy diet. Whilst we can't tell you what to eat, we can point you in the right direction, so hopefully, the points above will help keep you on track!

Charlotte Hunter

Menopause Nutritionist - BA, BSc, Msc, RN, mBANT, CNHC, IFM