Don’t believe everything you see and hear

People that see me on the street probably don’t think I’m someone who knows a thing or two about nutrition, health and exercise. Especially if, at the time they walk past me, I’m scoffing my face full of chocolate and churros. I’m not slim, I don’t live in yoga pants, I don’t go to the gym.

But I know a lot about food nutrition and exercise, I sometimes just choose to do and eat things that don’t fall within the healthy realm. For me, the issue is more about motivation than lack of knowledge.

Which brings me to the point, recently I noticed a photo on instagram  of a bottle of Gatorade and an apple and she mentioned how she was trying to get on track to be healthier. I commented that Gatorade was high in calories and sugar and it would be better to stick with normal water. Her response was that her doctor said it was ok (which concerns me), it’s better than soda and athletes drink it so she will too.

There is so much about this response that just worries me. For one, why a doctor would suggest Gatorade is ok to drink is beyond me, (granted I don’t know the situation so maybe it’s for a good reason), it’s high in calories and sugar and has no proven benefits (over water) on hydration. I can understand if you were drinking it after a strenuous workout but not as an every/all day drink, as it is only a slight improvement on drinking soft drink all day. Also, athletes are getting paid to say they drink the stuff, they’re sponsored by brands to endorse them and make grand statements about how it helps them. And maybe it does, because their lives are about working out, they do a whole lot more than just your regular person, they can afford to have the additional calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, you probably can’t.

How many empty calories are you drinking?
How many empty calories are you drinking?

This reminds me of, about 5 or 6 years ago, when I was doing my best to eat healthy and lose weight. I was eating all the things the advertising told me to. Yoghurt, muesli, low calorie snack bars etc. and I was exercising but I wasn’t losing any weight. I couldn’t work it out, I was doing everything right!

Nope, I was doing just what those clever food marketers wanted me to do, buy into their “fat free”, “low sugar” “wholegrain” gimicks and buy their products. As it turns out, it was an episode of The Biggest Loser that made me start investigating further. They were doing a challenge and at the end had to chose what they thought was the best food off a table with 20 or so options. One person made a comment about steering clear of the vanilla flavoured yoghurt because it was the first thing the trainers threw out of the house in the beginning, why? Because flavoured yoghurt, with all its healthy claims is high in sugar and calories. They lure you in with fat free but forget to mention the sugar content. If you want to eat yoghurt you are better off going with low/no fat greek yoghurt, it is high in protein but low in sugar and fat (the tastes takes some getting used to though, eventually you’ll find flavoured yoghurts to sweet).

Same as the muesli I was eating, I thought I was doing so well! But it was high in sugar too even though the box claimed it was healthy and nutritious and awesome for a balanced diet. So obviously, you cant believe all the hype you see and read because, at the end of the day, it’s all so you will spend money on a product, it has nothing to do with your health or wellbeing.

12 thoughts on “Don’t believe everything you see and hear

  1. There’s a film called “That Sugar Film” coming out (or it might be out now actually) which talks about all the hidden sugars in foods. I’ve been recommended to check that out – I hear it’s life-altering.

  2. Wow, that is really scary that anyone could think that a drink like Gatorade was a start in a healthy direction. I think that your body can have too many electrolytes as well, and that can cause issues? I am not 100% on what those are, but anything that has additives and sugars is not going to do you any longterm ‘healthy’ or ‘organic’ favours.

    I think it is pretty bad, how so many companies can get away with saying that so many things are fat free, when they clearly ARE NOT. Sometimes they even say 1% fat and on the ingredients has 40% saturated fats or whatever. I also don’t like the misleading, no added colours and flavours.

    It kind of sucks as well, when many people think they are going ‘healthy’ when there are many hidden snags and foods wearing disguises in the supermarkets. :/

    1. Kya, I never thought that drinking Gatorade was a start in the healthy direction. This whole thing got blown out of proportion all because she had to blog about me drinking a Gatorade. It is MY life, why is she concerned so much about what I drink? I don’t even KNOW her.

  3. I would email you, but I can’t find your email link. So here is my comment to you about this situation. Why is what I put into my body any of your concern? Do you not have a life to the point of having to worry what others do? You obviously don’t have one. What I put into my body is my decision. NOT YOURS. If I want to drink Gatorade that MY doctor says is okay to have occasionally, than I will drink it occasionally. It IS a heck of a lot better than soda by a long shot! I do drink water more than I drink soda or Gatorade. But to publicly bash me and my doctor? This is where I draw the line. You really didn’t need to write a blog post about it and make me look bad and that I’m an idiot. I am NOT an idiot. I know what I’m doing. At least, I am not a hypocrite and post pizza and milkshakes on their Instagram account like you do. I honestly wish if this concerned you that much that you would have emailed me instead of posting this for everyone to see. That I consider is very rude and immature on your part/end. What I did shouldn’t have been a concern of yours. Why? We don’t even know each other except through blogging and on Instagram/Twitter. You call myself a friend, yet you have not commented nor have liked or said anything to me about anything until I posted something that you did NOT like, and now wrote a blog post about me except you did not use my name. You posted “friend” . Really? If I am your friend, why did you write a blog post about me posting your concern? I understand freedom of speech, but you literally are trying to make my doctor and I look bad. I mean why is this any of your concern?

    1. Jamie, while you were the trigger for this post, the post isn’t about you. This post is about how so many people see food marketing and think what they’re drinking and eating is good for them, because the brands want them to think that but the foods aren’t.
      If I intended to ‘publicly bash’ you I would have posted the photo that I referenced and named you, however the only person in this situation that has named you, is you. I have only referred to publicly available data and used it as a starting point to a blog post. This post is more about me and my food history and also food marketing than it is about you. You can eat or drink whatever you like, I have no issue with what you put into your body I just thought you’d like the advice that Gatorade is full of sugar.
      I didn’t dislike your photo on instagram, I left a comment because I was worried that, like me, in the situation I mentioned in my post, you were trying to lose weight and having something that is marketed as being good for you but really isn’t.
      In relation to the food posts I make. I don’t consider this to be hypocritical. In this post I mentioned how I know a lot about food but sometimes lack the motivation to use that knowledge to eat healthily. I never said I was so healthy while eating away at pizza and milkshakes. My blog isn’t a health blog and I’ve never suggested that I’m eating healthily when I go to those restaurants.
      I’m sorry if you feel I’ve targeted you but I really haven’t, I just used that situation as a prompt for my post about less than honest food marketing.

      1. It’s better to keep your opinion/advice to yourself. I did NOT ask for your advice, nor did I care for it. You referenced MY picture as a starting point for your blog. Which you could have easily left a LONE. That part was about me and MY picture. You could have easily taken that part out of your blog and everything would have been fine. You used this situation without asking me as to how I would feel about it. However, I’m done with this. It’s annoying and it gets people nowhere. I only ask that you leave the picture reference part OUT of your blog.

  4. You are the biggest hypocrite I have ever known. You go and preach to me about how drinking water is healthier for you and then write a blog post about me (yes this is about me), yet here you are posting pictures of eating pizza and ice-cream with your beau. We are done as friends. If you were a friend and were that concerned about this issue, you would have taken the time out to email me instead of publicly humiliating me or trying too. I am not your friend. You haven’t even commented on anything I have posted (blog wise, Twitter wise, and Instagram wise) until I posted that picture. You need to look in the mirror before preaching to someone else about what to put into their bodies.

  5. I also feel that people are getting the wrong idea about the friend which is me. Kya stated in her comment that it’s scary to think someone actually thinks of Gatorade is healthy? I never once thought that. I know it is full of sugar. However, I do know that it’s a LOT better to drink than soda. Yes, I am aware that Gatorade is full of sugar, doesn’t mean that I drink it daily. If I wanted the advice from you, I would have asked for the advice. I am NOT stupid or ignorant, I am AWARE that people are full of opinions and should just keep it to themselves. I can’t begin to tell you how many opinions I have kept from people, because I knew that it would not go well. This should be a lesson for you. Providing the fact that you referenced MY picture, and yes I knew it was MY picture you rerefenced. You could have easily stated something other than that picture and said it was on Instagram. But you chose to reference it and me as your friend. I highly advise next time you don’t do that and use another example.

    1. Sara,

      This part right here Which brings me to the point, recently a friend on instagram (who may or may not read this) posted a photo of a bottle of Gatorade and an apple and mentioned how she was trying to get healthy. I commented that Gatorade was high in calories and sugar and it would be better to stick with normal water. Her response was that her doctor said it was ok (which concerns me), it’s better than soda and athletes drink it so she will too.

      That part IS ABOUT ME. You could have easily left that part out of the blog post. You commented on my picture offering your unsolicited advice, as to which I did not ask for. Then you go and right about it. How does that make me feel? You could have easily stated this “People tend to drink Gatorade, and think that it’s okay to drink.” Or something around those lines. If you wanted to lead into something. You did NOT necessarily have to state something about me and my picture. You basically copied everything that I said to you into your blog post. All of which can be found on Instagram. Thank you very much. Now, you’re trying to weasel your way out of something, by lying about it. The post may not be about me fully, but that section that I just copied about IS about me. For future reference, you might want to think about who you include in on your blog posts, so people don’t get mad.

      1. Oh one more thing, I never NEVER stated on that picture that I was trying to get healthy by drinking Gatorade and eating an apple. I stated I was trying to get back on track.

        1. Ok, so I’ve allowed you to post 7 comments on this post (4 of which were in a 45min timeframe). I won’t be allowing any more and I am also not taking down the post.. I have re-worded it for you, so it doesn’t refer to a friend or being healthy. However, given that you have commented so many times with a link to your site each time it’s pretty much redundant now.
          All I can suggest is that if you don’t want information you post to be used in ways you didn’t expect than maybe you should consider making your accounts private rather than available to everyone.

  6. I agree that it’s so hard to navigate the grocery store these days. It’s really hard to know what’s good and what’s bad. As for Gatorade, I’m surprised that someone would think it’s good for you. Maybe the doctor didn’t explain well enough that it’s only good after doing a lot of sweating. My mom wold sometimes give it to me when I was sick and not eating to get some electrolytes into my system also.

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