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Below is an edited version of Three Nutrition Lessons Explained By Dessert by Max
If you have the time to read the whole article please do. It isn’t much longer than what I’ve tried to highlight below, plus he uses pictures of pop culture from my childhood so you know it’s good. I think he does a great job of putting some nutrition information and being human into perspective well. He points out things that perhaps might be better understood coming from someone who isn’t your coach (because we’re so naturally perfect nutritionally, like, every second of every day and never go home to eat our feelings especially after a bad training session where you can’t even get anywhere close to matching your snatch PR and you wonder why you’ve even chosen to complete in this dang sport because sometimes it’s just stupid hard, and your callus ripped, and you’ve split the thighs out of your pants (again) because you’re constantly smuggling two Christmas hams in them, and the owner of Lululemon said those horrible things, so I might as well eat whatever will make me happy cuz my thighs aren’t getting smaller, and frankly could use some thing that makes me ‘feel good’ even if just for a minute before it makes my thighs bigger, but I digress). I also dare you not to crack up once or twice while reading.
When I was growing up, nutrition was rarely a consideration.
Over the past few years however, I’ve noticed a much more direct relationship between what I eat and how I feel. I’m approaching 30 this year and I can’t make it half way through a cheeseburger before taking a nap. If I go too long without feeding, I turn into a cranky old lady who doesn’t understand what texting is and fast food makes my stomach feel like dubstep.
I own a family bakery and cake shop that’s been in business since 1959.
In addition to working in the dessert industry, I’m also fiercely interested in health and fitness. I’ve spent a large chunk of time trying to understand how my job relates to health since most of what we create at our shop is considered classically “bad for you.” …..I do believe that dessert plays an important role in our culture/diet and that my experience at the bakery has afforded me a unique perspective on nutrition.
For a bit of full disclosure, I’m just a normal, everyday, super brilliant handsome international spy. I don’t have a degree in nutrition, nor am I doctor, food expert, or wizard.
I’m not laying down some incredible insight on zone blocks or macro-nutrient ratios, just some honest notes on what might be getting in the way of a healthier America.
1. Beware the clever disguise.
Working with confections has given me the ineffectual superpower of recognizing the difference between food, indulgence, and indulgence disguised as food.
Growing up, I can’t count the number of times I was exposed to the phrase, “Part of this nutritious breakfast.” There is an entire aisle dedicated to sugar and processed grains pretending to be good starts to your day. “Hot Fudge Sundae Pop Tarts” is an actual thing that exists and it’s found in the breakfast aisle. Right next to sugary cereals that are fortified with a variety of vitamins and minerals to hide the fact that they’re basically tiny cookies and milk.
At a recent baking convention, I made a habit of noticing the current and upcoming expressions wordsmiths are using as synonyms for healthy: Gluten-Free, Whole Grain, Vegan, Paleo, Sprouted, Natural, Organic, and Sustainable among others.
It’s not that “gluten-free” is always a deceitful marketing tactic, but it exists independently of “healthy.” Something can be both healthy and gluten-free just as easily as something can be gluten-free and terrible for you. There seems to be a large emphasis on increasing the perception of health rather than making a product actually better for you.
Be wary of this month’s health related buzzword when making purchase decisions and have a good understanding of what it is you’re looking for in food.
2. Broccoli is not spelled b-a-c-o-n.
Occasionally, my wife and I will go out on a date night to sit in awkward Facebook lit silence. When the time comes to select our dessert, very little thought is given to anything that doesn’t completely fulfill all of our sweet related desires. During times of indulgence we target what we enjoy most and ignore the rest.
The very same can happen when we jump into a new dietary lifestyle. Often we tend to stick to the aspects of the diet we enjoy most and ignore the parts that may help us create success.
We’re all adults here… Broccoli kind of sucks. Vegetables as a whole aren’t nearly as appetizing as platters of coconut shrimp. But it takes work to be healthy in the overwhelming paradox of choice that is America, even when you get rid of all the processed foods. Avoid taking the dessert approach of, “whatever I like most” when so many options within the boundaries of your diet are available that totally defeat the purpose of your new lifestyle. “Paleo” isn’t a section of the menu where everything is exceptionally healthy, good decisions still need to be made. So make good decisions.
3. Third verse same as the first…
I think people are somewhat distrustful of a fit-ish guy that works at a bakery.
So how do I stay fit? This might be getting redundant, but I try to make a point of understanding the difference between eating for pleasure and eating for fuel. If you happen to be one of those lucky folks that loves raw garden vegetables for every meal, this is probably something you don’t need to worry about.
I once had a customer complain that a coffee cake she had eaten made her stomach upset. She said she was positive that it was the coffee cake [caused her to get sick] because it was the only thing she had eaten all day. The only thing. All day.
I think coffee cake is a magnificent breakfast dessert, but it doesn’t make for proper nourishment as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Copious amounts of sugar, fat, and flour is not going to treat your body the way some grilled chicken and vegetables will.
Though finding a gentle balance between eating the things we need and eating the things we love is absolutely paramount.
Made it this far?
The real degree of a diet’s merits should be measured by its effectiveness related to your goals. I know a guy at my gym whose single purpose in life is to throw up the most massive numbers possible on his clean and jerk. His diet is going to look starkly different relative to the woman who’s trying to drop 30-40 pounds in the next 8-12 months.
There is no “one size fits all” diet plan that addresses everyone’s needs and objectives a to z. I’m an average guy that does CrossFit to look more majestic during the summer and win three-legged races at corporate picnics (I choose my partners carefully). I’m not trying to optimize my health to become a professional athlete or games competitor and I’m also trying to limit my dietary sacrifices to those that are convenient.
That said, Glassman’s rundown is probably the most concise, balanced, and common sense approach to nutrition I’ve ever come across: ”Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.”
If you can stick to that prescription the majority of the time, I think you’ll find at the very least a good starting point. Just don’t forget a cookie or two when the time is right.