Americans are becoming increasingly more aware of their food intake. Diet is a integral part of health and wellness, but how do we properly choose a ‘food lifestyle’ that works for us?
The writers at MSM are committed to objective, journalistic and intellectual integrity, and therefore will not advocate or endorse a specific diet, however we encourage individuals to analyze their consumption behaviors and consider making changes in their diets in an effort to live a healthier lifestyle.
As such, we are providing this article as an information guide on how to properly choose a diet that’s right for you and how to avoid potentially dangerous side-affects of radical or fad dieting.
Consult your Physician
It’s absolutely imperative to understand the benefits AND the risks of changing your diet. It’s not uncommon for an individual to watch a Youtube video, after they hear a friend talking about a new diet, and start making dramatic changes to their lifestyle without any concrete understanding of what they are doing because “it makes perfect sense” to them.
False information has a tendency to make more sense when the recipient of that information is hopeful or even desperate.
Talk to your health care professional before making any changes in your diet, especially if you are on medications or have existing health conditions.
Avoid Diets that Make Outrageous Claims
I’ve encountered several radical diets that make outrageous claims, such as: curing cancer, diabetes, or other serious illness, disorders or diseases simply by changing the diet for a few weeks.
Be skeptical. It’s not difficult, even for an intelligent person, to be swindled by a Netflix documentary that utilizes propaganda and anecdotes to push a specific agenda.
If you were shopping for a new car and the dealer told you that the vehicle he or she was trying to sell you would cut your work commute time in half with a 97% increase in fuel efficiency, would you believe it?
Always Research the Risks
As aforementioned, information is a lot like the American diet, we are overfed and undernourished. False claims are a dime a dozen, and it’s important to seek reputable, professional advice when making changes to your lifestyle that could affect your health.
Research and confirm the risks and benefits with a health care professional. Netflix documentaries are not the most reputable source of health information, in my opinion.
Be Skeptical of Information Sources that Offer ‘Plans’ or Products
I’ve read many articles online that are seemingly legit, but are subject to high suspicion when, towards the end of the article, you are prompted to buy something. This should be a major red flag. If the publication you are reading is offering products or services there is a higher propensity that you are receiving contrived, manipulated or segmented information. Again, research from reputable sources and talk to your health care professional.
Get the Facts
There are dozens of articles about health, wellness, and fitness online that will give opinions that may or may not be credible. It’s important to consider your source and decipher the difference.
Maggie Street Magazine is not a medical journal, we make no medical claims and do not give medical advice. We are not trying to sell you anything and we do not endorse any specific diet.
We are, however, a journal of opinion that aims to provoke individuals to question the information that they are receiving, to seek professional advice in order to become genuinely informed.
Be wise. Be accurately informed and ask lots of questions when talking to your health care professionals. We encourage people to make the decision to live a healthier lifestyle, to get more exercise and live a good life, but we want people to be safe and informed in the process. Get the FACTS 🙂
Be well my friends and best of luck to you in your quest to live a healthier life!