A couple of nights ago I watched the documentary about Herbalife, Betting on Zero. While my personal opinion on Herbalife was quite defined, I was intrigued as a few friends of mine are somehow involved with the company, either as distributors or consumers of their products.
Let me tell you: the documentary is a must-watch. Of course we all have already heard about the pyramid scheme of the company, but hearing the stories of the communities destroyed by Herbalife is eyeopening on how easy people are deceived when it comes to nutrition and fitness. We all want to look our best and feel our best, but is it really necessary to invest in meal replacement, fat burners, and supplements of every kind? Probably not and yet, many still believe so. And the company thrives on this.
Deep down, I have my own share of faults. I have bought stuff like spirulina, goji berries and similar, believing they would eventually bring me health benefits of some sort. In reality, I have probably used them once or twice and eventually forgot about them.
Only recently, after years of research, questions, trial and error, I have come to find a balance in my nutrition, which includes supplements, but it is based on whole foods in large quantities. Be aware: I said supplements, not replacements. YES, I am happy to report that I am a consumer of protein powder. Does that make me a bad person? Absolutely not. As we say in Italian, non facciamo di tutta l’erba un fascio. I consume protein powder because at the moment I am undergoing a heavy training load and I want my body to have enough protein to sustain the load. I also consume BCAA. I take vitamins because this winter I got sick quite a few times and wanted to avoid that. But this does not mean I do not eat citrus, nor that I do not eat vegetables. Nor that I avoid meat because I already get the protein I need from the powder. Nor that I take a shake as a meal. That is not sustainable for me, personally.
One goal I have set for myself this year is to be more conscious when it comes to nutrition. Be aware of how hungry I am, and how full I am. Be aware of how a given food makes me feel, physically and emotionally. If it makes me feel emotionally bad, understand why. If it makes me feel physically bad, like milk for instance, avoid it completely (or as much as possible).
With this goal, I want to become able to nourish myself with healthy, colorful and varied food. And mostly I want to learn about nutrition. To never find myself deceived in believing I need products such as Herbalife (or any other, such as IV supplements) to succeed in being fit. To be an informed buyer of every food or supplement product I buy.
How aware are you of your nutrition?
Have A Safe Journey!