About healthy Eating

About healthy Eating

The subject of healthy eating can be controversial and confusing. There are countless “diets” out there that have claimed to be healthy, and the quickest, most effective plan for weight loss, to later be pulled apart by someone else. Some advise us to follow a low carbohydrate, high fat diet, while others push us in the low fat direction. There’s the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet, the vegetarian diet, the vegan diet, the Weight Watchers Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Raw Food Diet, and the Mediterranean Diet to name but a few. There are good fats and bad fats, low glycemic load carbohydrates and high glycemic load carbohydrates. It can get very confusing and result in us not knowing where or how to start a healthy eating lifestyle.

The Rites of Passage Obesity Health and Wellness Camp Philosophy

If we had to sum up what we believe in one statement it would go something like this:

“Say YES to real, wholesome, nutrient dense food, and say NO to processed, junk food”.

REAL FOOD – We refer to healthy, nutritious food as holistic food. Food items that are in their original state, as found in nature. They haven’t gone through umpteen processing steps before landing on our plates. Typically these food items grew in the ground, on a tree, swam in the sea, or ran on the ground. Vegetables, fish, fruit, whole grains, nuts are all real foods involved in the Rites Of Passage diet. Holistic food retains its’ natural properties throughout the course of preparation.

JUNK FOOD – With the recent claim that junk food is just as bad for global health as cigarette smoking, it has never been more important to really analyze our diets and seek to eliminate this food type. These are foods that typically have little nutritional value yet are full of calories. They are usually poor at satisfying our appetite which leads to overeating. If it came in packaging with a long list of ingredients, or it was delivered through a drive-thru window, or a vending machine spit it out at you, then it’s probably not good for you. If it’s in a box, bag or wrapper or went through numerous processing steps then it’s probably junk food.

May I repeat our food mantra:

“Say YES to real, wholesome, nutrient dense food, and say NO to processed, junk food”.


The 90/10 rule

Quite often the thought of never, ever, ever eating a favorite junk food ever, ever again causes us to become demoralized before we even start living a healthier lifestyle. Therefore many people adopt the 90/10 rule whereby they stick to their healthy eating plan 90 percent of the time and allow themselves a little more freedom to indulge in some typically forbidden foods 10 percent of the time. This means that in any given week the person may choose to have 2-3 occasions where they allow themselves to divert from their healthy eating plan slightly (based on a person eating 4 times a day).

During a participant’s time at the Rites of Passage Obesity, Health and Wellness Camp the student will be eating healthy nutritious food closer to 100% of the time due to the nature of our planned menu and having to carry all the food in the backpacks. This motivates students to streamline their pack weight and crave foods that are nutrient dense to sustain them on their hikes and activities. This naturally develops the participant’s ability to be more mindful of what type of food they are eating therefore building the habit of choosing REAL food over JUNK food.