6 of the worst things, I once thought were doing me good


Throughout my time as a wellness professional I’ve seen some pretty silly things.  Throughout my life, I’ve done things equally as stupid.  May it be said, let logic prevail.  We’ve all be there – cruising along thinking we were doing something ridiculously healthy for ourselves, but only in hindsight realise just how it was never going to be a good idea.  So in the spirit of common sense, here are 6 things I once thought were healthier than a kale leaf that turned out to be the complete opposite.

Soy.  I was one a soy latte sipping kind of girl.  I loved nothing more than a soy latte with honey.  I had noticed that when I switched over from dairy to soy, I effortlessly lost weight and I certainly wasn’t complaining.  But over time, my hormones started hating on me and it began having an opposite effect.  We’ve spoken extensively about soy here before.  Bottom line, soy is a phytoestrogen that mimics oestrogen in our body.  The biggest problem is that now days soy is more modified than your favourite teenager’s holden commodore.  It’s also in almost everything in it’s modified form.  If you’re going to eat soy, be mindful of which kinds are best.

Belly piercing.  I’ve written about this before.  Here’s a little excerpt.

When a piercing is placed in CV 8 – the acupuncture point relating to the navel (or anywhere for that matter) it creates a physical blockage – meaning that the energy flow is compromised and can’t pass freely (if at all) through the channel. If it all sounds a bit hippy – there is now research that confirms acupuncture channels definitely exist. Now, obstruction of energy flow around the body may not sound like a big deal to you – but for me as an acupuncturist, it kinda makes me grimace – a lot. And here’s some news for you – I was a victim to the channel blocking belly piercing too. Mine spat itself out within the first 2 months of my first pregnancy. Seems my body was clever enough to realise it wasn’t on my best ideas list.

If you’re suffering from amenorrhea (no periods), dysmenorrhea (period pain), heavy periods, irregular periods, fertility issues, endometriosis, poly cystic ovarian, syndrome, fibroids or you just resonate with what I’m saying – it may be time to take it out. It’s especially relevant to those trying for a baby without too much luck. Just because you don’t already show signs of it being an issue doesn’t mean they won’t develop.  It’s just another way we can help take another step toward a more fertile, healthier you.

Protein Powder.  Not are all built the same.  I remember I was an ‘after the gym protein shake guzzler’ once upon a dumbbell.  Like many others before me, I thought it was really good for my insides.  Little did I realise many of those shakes are super nasty, laden with chemicals, sweeteners and other rubbish.  I have to say, there are a few good protein powders I’ve come to love, I generally include them in my snacks (like amazeballs or slices) rather than drink them.  I’m no way endorsed by these peeps but my faves are Bare Blends and Sun Warrior.

Low Fat.  This kinda goes without saying, but it was one of those fads I fell into for over a decade.  Now days, most of the foods that I would have previously eaten the ‘low fat’ or ‘sugar free’ option, I no longer even eat their full fat version.  Your hormones are made of fats and protein – we must eat them to be fuelled adequately.  Healthy fats also help us to feel satisfied and turn off the hunger mechanism in our brain.  They are an essential part of any humans life!

Artificial sweeteners.  Nobody likes a fake, sweeteners included.  People still to this day will continue to utilise artificial sweeteners as if they are doing their bodies some massive favour.  Let it be known, such foods are extremely dangerous, in fact they aren’t food but chemicals posing as food.  I once read that artificial sweetness snuck into our soft drinks way back when after they had repeatedly been unapproved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) because they were such a health risk.  But once they were in, they were in and then the flood gates opened.  Bottom line, aspatane fries your nerve endings breaking down the blood-brain barrier and allowing toxins to move directly into the bloodstream.  Yikes!  It’s a myth that it helps us maintain healthy weight (because when our nutritional needs aren’t met, we end up eating more food any way – since there is ZERO nutritional value in artificial sweeteners).  They’ve also been linked to cancer (especially of the brain and kidney), birth defects, diabetes, chronic fatigue, MS, low sperm count, epilepsy, graves disease, headaches, dizziness, and Parkinson’s disease to name some.  Who wants a bit of disease in a sachet?

Best news is, if you are a ‘sweeter’ kind of person there are so many good alternatives!  You might like to read more in depth in my co authored book Eat Fat, Be Thin.  Find your alternative and please move away from dangerous sweeteners that are making us sick (and fat!)

Stress.  There was a time in my life that I thought it was cool to stress.  Stress made me feel important – like I held my place in this world.  I now know different.  But stress is ‘the bugger.’  It’s so hard to manage, identify and so difficult to find our own way to overcome it.  But we must.  Stress upsets our hormones and for men, it will ruin their libido and affect sperm quality at the very least.  For women, it’s an even bigger wrecking ball.  It affects our menstrual cycles, it’s one of the contributing factors to PCOS, Endometriosis and general hormone imbalance, it stops us going through menopause effectively and makes us momentarily infertile.  If you want more on stress and how to get that under wraps, you must check out Debunking Stress.  That will give you my very best tools on how to tackle that persistent gremlin. Stress isn’t just being busy, it’s overall pressure from life.  Over exercising is stressful for your body as is a poor diet or unhealthy thoughts.  Who knew!?  I’d love to help you more on this one – I firmly believe unlocking stress is the key to overall wellness.

I’d love to hear your ‘dumbest’ thing you once thought was doing you good in the comments section below.  Chances are, you’re not alone!


  • November 10, 2014 By Justine 11:09 am

    Hmm maybe eating tonnes of sugary raw treats (chocolates and raw slices) and thinking they aren’t that bad because they are raw!

    • November 10, 2014 By Nat Kringoudis 11:35 am

      I think we are all guilty of this one! I was just thinking of this last night actually.

    • November 25, 2014 By Truan 8:54 am

      I do this too! I know better now though, raw treats in moderation 😛

  • November 10, 2014 By Sam 1:45 pm

    Taking the pill and thinking it was my only option for Endometriosis!!! After six years of constant pain and 4 surgeries later, i’m off the pill and pain free!!

    • November 10, 2014 By Nat Kringoudis 8:24 pm

      SAM!! Congratulations – this is brilliant x

  • November 10, 2014 By Jonina 10:17 pm

    These completely resonate with me as well! One more that made a huge difference in creating more more healthy relationship with health was to stop trying to wake up early to fit in morning exercise sessions and the value of sleep and sleeping in! Now that I have a wee tot, I have learned the value of sleep. I exercise less now (in the traditional sense of the term), sleep more and feel so much better through the week and my life does not revolve around it which is a huge relief actually.

  • November 11, 2014 By Liz 1:25 am

    Funny – I was thinking ‘Low Fat’ in the shower this morning and how I used to just only buy the fat free Yoplaits, 50% reduced fat cheese, skim milk, egg white omelets, never ate bacon, and rarely if ever ate red meat. It wasn’t because I stopped liking those things – I bought into the hype that these versions of the originals would be much better f0r me. Um, no. Turns out full fat milk, normal cheese of all varieties, eggs just as they are, Full fat greek yoghurt with some raspberries tossed in, or on top of some muesli is yummy, bacon once a week, and a grass fed steak, are actually not only a good source of nutrition, but I eat less of them in quantity because I feel satisfied (and my husband loves that he can cook steak for two now, instead of only getting it at a restaurant). I used to hate butter and was all over vegan margarine spread. Now I enjoy putting butter on toast and scrambled eggs taste like my British great aunt used to make. Nat – have you read any of Nina Planck’s books/articles? You guys would be good friends I think! Thank you for being a constant invaluable resource to go to!!!

    • November 11, 2014 By Nat Kringoudis 10:27 pm

      I haven’t – where would I find her?

      • November 13, 2014 By Liz 12:50 am

        Here is her site:


        But also google some of her interviews, that provide more of a background to her nutrition story. She wrote a rather controversial article in the NY Times several years ago about raising children on a vegan diet (against it) and there were a lot of people rather miffed by it. Nothing wrong with veganism (a blogger I follow just had a lovely healthy baby girl and she’s the author of a vegan cookbook), but everyone is different and I have tended to grow towards the more balanced approach that you take.

  • November 11, 2014 By Leonie 11:11 am

    Wow, looking through this list it’s like you jumped into my life. Artificial sweeteners and low fat everything are two things I stopped plus having an irrational fear of fat. I remember when I wouldn’t eat eggs or avocado! I haven’t quite grown out of body piercing though, I lost the belly ring with pregnancy but just got my nose pierced!

    • November 11, 2014 By Nat Kringoudis 10:27 pm

      hehe – health is a journey Leonie! xo

  • November 11, 2014 By Carlie Lowe 4:18 pm

    Loads of raw greens like kale in a smoothie……every day!! Oh dear kale overload

  • November 12, 2014 By Carly 10:57 am

    Great post Nat!
    I was wondering what you think of hemp protein in smoothies? Also if one is estrogen dominant from coming off the pill would it be wise to steer clear of phytoestrogen foods?

  • November 13, 2014 By Daniella 11:28 am

    Eating (healthy foods) but wayy too little and trying to function and live a busy life!!

  • November 14, 2014 By Jodie 6:39 pm

    Nutri grain, rice bubbles and corn flakes for breakfast. Hello sugar high followed by 10am crash and burn all in the name of the most important meal of the day.

  • November 14, 2014 By Megan 8:12 pm

    Thinking that the Mirena was completely safe! I had two over the space of 9 years, and it totally stuffed up my whole system. I’m still trying to regain my health 2 years later. The worst part that I thought it was healthy for me as the DR sold it to me on that basis when I said I didn’t like the pill. I only wish I’d had some bad side effects whilst I had the Mirena so I could see the damage it was doing, rather than realising after having them out.

  • November 25, 2014 By Truan 8:57 am

    Eating salads every day – they were quick and easy (spinach, avo, tomato, nuts), and I figured it was the healthier option. No wonder my poor tummy is sore, hard work digesting all that raw food!

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