There are thousands of opinions out there about what is good for us, and what is not. With Mrs. Obama leading the march for a healthier America, the push in the dieting industry has never been more prominent. Consider the Sensa advertisements that shake-shake across our television screens. (I am sorry but I have never heard of shaking stuff onto whatever food you want and losing weight. French fries and donuts? Come on, friends!) Also consider the famous faces popping up for the longer-running campaigns like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. I am happy those have worked for them, but they most likely have the money to afford the expensive brand-name meals. In this economic downturn, a lot of us cannot. And then there are all the books (some of which are decent) and online advice (some of which is also good, but should have credible sources).
What is more well-accepted in the medical, nutrition, and fitness communities are concrete facts. A good night’s rest, balanced diet, and commitment to an exercise regimen of 30+ minute most days a week (broke up into 10-15 minute increments, if necessary), plus the positive benefits of daily activities like gardening and walking the dog, are essentials to a healthy, happy lifestyle. Furthermore, changing the mindset of Americans is vital to promoting healthy mindsets about both food and exercise.
It is not what you do not eat but what you do eat. It is never wrong to indulge a little when going out with friends. What matters is limiting the foods known to be more detrimental to our health (high fatty foods, processed foods, sugary foods, etc.) while increasing our consumption of those foods we know to be more beneficial to our bodies (vegetables and fruits are the biggest).
Here are some links debunking food myths:
Why We (Mostly) Hate Soy (an opinion with some great resources)
You Are What You Think You Eat (ACE and IDEA)
And here are a couple articles/videos from the beloved Dr. Oz on dieting myths:
5 Diet Myths Making You Gain Weight (Video)
Supercharge Your Energy (Video)
Are Food Allergies Making You Fat? (Video)