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5 Foods That Aren’t as Healthy as You Think

Healthy Food

OK, I find it bonkers to see the same foods get marketed and spoken about among “fitness” people, over and over again as healthy food for “fit” “active” people.  This is what you should use….. this is perfect to provide you with everything you need…. The same old quotes from marketing companies and word of mouth.

I am not going to lie to you guys, these foods are some that I personally used and accepted as healthy for a very long period of time prior to finally realizing that they weren’t doing my body, brain or biomarkers any favors at all.

In no order of importance, here are five such foods that fit people get fooled into thinking are healthy every day.

Nut Butter

Nut Butter

While peanut butter (which is technically a legume, not a nut) is the biggest culprit and tends to be comprised of moldy, rancid peanuts and high amounts of sugar, salts, and vegetable oil, many fitness enthusiasts are stuffing themselves full of hundreds of hidden calories from just about every other form of nut butter marketed as health food.

Ok, so lets think about it this way: if you had to de shell each nut you ate, how many would you actually eat? Especially if weight loss or weight control is your goal, that might be a single handful right?

So brace yourself, because that single handful actually comes out to be not much more than a teaspoon of nut butter, and not the 2-3 tablespoons of almond, cashew, peanut, and other nut butters so commonly consumed in shakes, smoothies, and straight out of the jar. A healthier alternative? How about just a handful raw almonds? Yes, JUST one handful.

Whole Wheat Bread


Whole wheat bread, especially when derived from modern forms of wheat grown for high yield crops, tends to be notoriously high in the protein gluten, which is a natural protein, when consumed in high amounts like this can cause everything from gut to nervous system inflammation. Books such as “No Grain, No Pain” and “Grain Brain” and “Wheat Belly” really delve into the science behind this.

In addition, despite it being marketed as a “healthy food” brown carbohydrate, it can spike your blood sugar levels higher than a candy bar.

A better alternative? Try using something like a seaweed nori wrap or a giant piece of lettuce or kale to make your “sandwich,” rather than bread. Or opt for a more natural bread that is fermented, which predigests the gluten. Naturally made sourdough is a perfect example of this.

Trail Mix
Trail Mix

I found myself when I used to compete, going into supermarkets and looking for big bags of trail mix as I thought it used to be a healthy food. Problem is, upon closer inspection of the little label, most trail mix is chock-full of canola oil, sugar, and very concentrated sources of even more sugar in the chocolate, dried fruit, and other sweets added to the trail mix to satisfy our Western palates. Now don’t get me wrong: not all trail mix is bad, but you should consider making your own. It’s quite easy. Try a handful of dried blueberries, which are slightly lower on the glycemic, sugar spiking index, combined with some raw, soaked, or sprouted walnuts, almonds, or Brazil nuts. Toss in some unsweetened coconut flakes and cacao nibs and you have a healthy trail mix.


For both recovery and muscle building, I used to drink plenty of milk, which is marketed as the perfect post workout healthy food. And sure, it works. After all it was designed to help tiny mammals turn into big mammals. Problem is, homogenized, pasteurized milk separates the natural milk proteins from the fats and these isolated proteins can cause plenty of inflammation and issues such as acne, eczema, asthma, and much more. In addition, as you no doubt know, milk can also contain contaminants such as antibiotics and hormones.

Once again I hear you asking, well whats a better choice? Look for unsweetened coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened rice milk, or, if you really want to get adventurous, look for a clean local farm where you can get raw goat’s milk or raw cow’s milk. OHHHH!!!!!


Energy Bars

Energy Bar

OK, so the picture looks like healthy food, BUT If you look at the label of most energy bars, you’ll see the same typical ingredients repeated over and over again: sugar, fructose, maltodextrin (which is just a form of sugar), canola oil, soybean oil, milk powder, heavy doses of chocolate, and a host of other preservatives that parts doing your body any favors. There are certainly some healthy energy bars out there. Take your time to look for them and after a little read of that label you will find the cleaner bar.

So before you go mowing down that energy bar that makes hefty health claims on the label, check twice at the tiny print on the back of the package. You may just be eating a bunch of frankenfuels.

What should I eat?


OK, So you’ve read through this and now your going to be saying……WELL what does Chris eat as healthy food instead?

So what kind of things do I use to support my own performance and get calories that are chock-full of healthy nutrients that don’t actually do damage to my body? Here are a few staples that you’ll find in my fridge:

  • Avocados
  • Chia seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Almonds
  • Coconut milk
  • Blueberries
  • Bone broth (amazing, and just starting making)
  • Plenty of plants of all colours
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Organic meat

Those are just a few examples, but hopefully they get your wheels turning about the type of natural items can have on hand or travel with helps support healthy activity levels without doing damage to your body without swallowing hook, line and sinker but we have been led to believe is actually healthy.


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