Why Is Trying To Do The Right Thing So Hard?

Did you ever feel like you’re trying to do the right thing, but somehow it goes all wrong?

After not working out for over a week, and not working out religiously, for over a month, I decided that yesterday would be day one, and it was.  The problem was day two, which is today, Thursday.

I’m not a crack of dawn exerciser.  My favorite time to work out is at about 9 a.m., when the coffee’s kicked in, my breakfast has been digested, I have yet to shower, and I’ve got energy.  The problem, yet wonderful thing about Tuesday and Thursday, is that I’m usually not home at this time.

You all know I covet my Tuesday and Thursday morning outings.  It’s the only time during the week that I’m kid free, and I am not about to waste that time working out at home.  I’d much rather waste it at stores, by myself.

By the time I pick up the younger two from Enrichment, give Second Son lunch and get him on his kindergarten bus, the urge to work out is gone, or I’ve already showered, and who wants to shower twice in one day? I find it annoying having to shower once a day.

To combat this, I decided last night, that in the twenty minute period, between when I drop the kids off and the stores open, I would go walk the trail in the park.  I would work in, the working out.  Problem solved.

Then, it snowed.  Who knew?  Certainly not me (even with all my weather channel watching).  No matter, I decided that I would walk regardless, figuring the path at the park would be clear.  Of course, I was wrong (after all, who would put the effort out to shovel a mile long path when mother nature would take care of it by noon).  So, instead of walking, I spent ten minutes in my car on my iPhone, waiting for Home Goods to open.

The best of intentions…

But it’s not just the snow, thwarting my good intentions these days, according to this blog, it’s misinformation, too.  I’m interested in health, so when I got this email featuring Kimberly Snyder, with the caption that read something like, see what this hot nutritionist has in her fridge, I decided to take some time to see what she had to say (hey, who doesn’t want to be hot?).

Turns out, she has a lot to say, like how people should absolutely avoid green tea, as it might cause stomach cancer.  Green tea?  I thought green tea was supposed to ward off cancer, lower stress, and help you lose weight.  Her thoughts on sunscreen, stop wearing it.  It’s toxic, and get this, causes wrinkles.  I thought preventing wrinkles was the exact reason I was wearing sunscreen.  Not according to this nutritionist, a nutritionist, I might add, that graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University (or so she says), not some random quack-a-doodle-doo.

All this information left me reeling,  sort of like when I was in college and ate a high fiber diet (read high carb), the supposed key to weight loss and gained thirty pounds.  I was trying to do the right thing, but it all went so wrong.

Which just leaves me feeling lost.  I thought green tea was good, as was breakfast, grazing and milk (three more big no-no’s), and of course sun screen.

Now what?

Do I believe her?

Do I believe the dairy council?

Do I believe the dermatologist?

Do I believe the Japanese?

My mother?

I’m not sure, after all, I believed in high fiber and margarine and look how that turned out.

Which just leaves me wondering, why is trying to do the right thing so damn hard?

3 thoughts on “Why Is Trying To Do The Right Thing So Hard?

  1. A few interesting things to note:

    1. Kimberly Snyder graduated from Georgetown, yes. BUT she did not study nutrition there. If I remember correctly from researching her a year or so ago, she graduated with a degree in Communications – oddly enough, I can’t seem to find anything online today that even states what her degree is in. Further, she won’t even disclose WHERE she got her nutrition training.

    2. Her statements on green tea are absurd. Yes, green tea has nominal amounts of caffeine, but the health benefits of EGCG (the polyphenol in green tea) are astounding. I’m a current nutrition student and have written about the enormous science-backed promise that EGCG holds. I don’t think I can type a direct link here, but it’s listed on my blog under “Matcha Green Tea.”

    3. I’m not going to call Kimberly a quack, but she does use her Georgetown credentials to imply that she received her nutrition education from there – which is not true. I’ve read a fair amount of her writings and arguments and while I’ve found them to be good intentioned, they’re often poorly referenced, over simplified, and not rooted in facts.

    Good luck to you – there’s a crazy sea of conflicting “expert” opinions. The best thing you can do is to find a nutritionist (or aspiring nutritionist, a la yours truly) whose recommendations are rooted in facts and good science.


    • Thanks for reading and for the insight. I found your comments interesting, especially the Georgetown major thing, very interesting. It is amazing how much conflicting information is out there. I would love to get your take on wheat, since I have been trying to avoid it, recently, and there are so many out there that attribute it to causing so many ills. Good luck in your studies, I will be reading.

  2. Hi 🙂
    I tried following Kimberly Snyder’s protocol, but I have PCOS and insulin resistance. Her advice of eating ‘light to heavy’ left me with horrible blood sugar swings (not to mention her sugar-bomb she calls her Glowing Green Smoothie!). Actually, I’m finding that doing the exact opposite to what she preaches is working (big breakfast 950 cals or greater, medium lunch 600 cals or greater, small dinner 150 cals). Her articles and blogs are often very poorly referenced, and with me being in medical publishing it makes me wanna bang my head against the desk. I honestly wanted to believe what she was saying but sadly there is just nothing to back it up. Pumpkin seeds give you strong, full hair? Says who? I don’t know where she gets this stuff!

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