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Bucking the trend

Published: May 29, 2014, 3:06 pm, by Jen Mulson

As I hiked up Section 16 over Memorial Day weekend, I started to think about all the health and wellness tips and advice we’re surrounded by on a daily basis. I soak that stuff up, always on the lookout for new information.

But I also know when something doesn’t work for me, and started making a list in my head.Here are a few trends that I’m bucking. Let me know which ones you’re giving the heave ho to. And please, no judgement. None of us have the same body, in any way, shape or form. What works for you might not work for me, and vice versa:

  • Green tea: This allegedly superior beverage makes me feel, er, not so good. In fact, it makes me feel pretty dang terrible. I know drinking this type of tea is supposed to practically make miracles happen, from what the research tells us, but I don’t care. I’m not drinking it if my belly says no.
  • Multivitamins: I get the same incredible nausea from a multivitamin, and have heard others say the same thing. Especially if you take it on an empty stomach – I send you my blessings. And naturally, I’d rather get my vitamins and minerals through food consumption.
  • Not eating before bedtime: The health magazines always tell us to stop eating a few hours before bedtime. I completely disregard this advice, and it works for me. Going to bed with some food in my belly is much better than me going to bed with too little, and waking up starving from the inside out at 3 a.m. I really don’t like to get out of bed to eat an apple in the middle of the night.
  • Chamomile tea to sleep: Who are these people who can have a mug of tea right before bed? Do they not have bladders? That require emptying? I’ll stay a little dehydrated right before bed, thank you very much.
  • Green juice: Now don’t get mad at me, but I haven’t boarded the uber-popular juice train. This is not to say I don’t very occasionally stop by a downtown juice bar, and partake. Though I got one out of the blue a couple of weeks ago, and carelessly decided celery would be a good addition. Don’t do it, people, don’t do it. That’s all I could taste. Don’t get me wrong here – I am a huge believer in the chomping of vegetables and fruits. I just prefer mine whole, so I can have that satisfying mouth feel – chewing and swallowing – and all the fiber that comes along with it. I don’t think we should juice our sweet fruits. By removing the fiber, which helps the body slowly digest the sugar, juicing instead gives us a straight shot of sugar. Pureeing up four Granny Smith apples, half a pineapple and a container of raspberries is a whole lot of sugar. Not the white kind, of course, but it’s still sugar. And man, juicing is expensive!
  • Dairy for calcium: I don’t drink milk. Even as a kid, I thought it was foul and couldn’t understand why the kids around me gulped it down. Thank goodness my mom never forced me to drink that sludge. And now that I’m an adult, I think my intuition was spot on. I also don’t eat yogurt, cheese or ice cream made from cow’s milk, not after reading about all the antibiotics, hormones and other repulsive stuff they give cows, not to mention the horrible living conditions of these animals.