Why do we have a SAD diet

Have you ever heard of our North American SAD diet. Standard American Diet is actually the long form but SAD is what it really is! I don’t want to say the vast majority of NA is over weight but a fair percentage is, and it all has to do with our diet and lifestyle habits.

Here’s what a SAD diet looks like:

– too much processed food: they’re cheap and convenient, but they’re also full of sodium, sugar, fat, chemicals, and empty calories. When your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs, it will crave more food, And so the cycle begins.

– low intake of fresh, whole foods: they are nutrient dense, and when the body gets the nutrients it’s craving, you will be satisfied and eat less.

– low intake of fibre: the “beige diet,” as some call it, contains little to no fibre due to the over refined bread and grains we eat, not to mention lack of fresh whole foods mentioned above. We need a minimum of 35-40 grams of fibre DAILY for proper elimination, and blood sugar control. Most people get between 5-15 grams.

– sedentary lifestyle: we sit at desks all day yet continue to eat like we’ve been out in a field burning calories.

– oversized portions: our plates have become larger, leading us to believe that we need to put more food on the plate to fill it. The larger the portion, the more we eat.

So how can we change our SAD North American diet? We can slowly add more fibre and fresh foods into our diet. Get away from the fast, convenient processed foods. Get up and get moving. Get in charge of your portion controls. And last, but not least, drink water! Lots and lots of clean water. Yes, it’s really that simple.


About Hannah Pidgeon, RHN

Graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2011. Consulting in Charlottetown, PEI. Mama to a beautiful baby girl.
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