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Your Nutrition – Healthy or Not

This is a great article for all of our members of the Ripped Nation who might be slipping into the winter trap of eating foods which you might not otherwise consider in the sunny days of summer.

We came across Nick Pineault in a meeting and he had a very funny perspective on whether specific foods are Healthy or Not.

We think you might be a bit surprised by what you are about to read and it is vitally important you read the entire post… you will see why at the end.



Why I Put Chocolate Frosting on My Toast
By Nick Pineault

Here’s my definition of a healthy breakfast:

The first thing I like to create is the magical mixture of chocolate frosting on white bread: chocolate frosting has been shown and reported to be part of a healthy breakfast for years. I know this is unconventional wisdom and it may not be common knowledge, but it actually contains a lot of good nutrients. Plus, it’s super tasty.

Now, hydration is equally important. To really quench my morning thirst, I put AT LEAST 1 big tablespoon of sugar in a cup of water and drink it down. I know sugar is supposedly bad, but when you drink sugar in liquid form, as opposed to solid like cake or candies for example, your body knows it’s good for you. The really exciting thing about this is I am able to add some sugar to my coffee too, as it quickly dissolves into liquid form.

Sometimes, if I am in a rush (who isn’t) and can’t have my usual, I’ll stop by my favorite breakfast restaurant before I go to work and grab a huge piece of cake instead. Cake has been proven to curb appetite and it tastes awesome in your mouth which makes it one of those no-brainer decisions.

That’s what I eat every morning. And you should do the same. Thanks.


If you’re still here, you know something is definitely wrong.

Right now you should be asking yourself, Is Nick trying to prove a point, or is he gone crazier than Jack Nicholson in, well, any of his movies?

The point I am trying to illuminate here is some people actually eat like this every day and still THINK they are making “healthy” choices because of the information they have received… Or they offset it with doing extra training at the gym.

Let’s play a little game. I’ll change some words around and see what happens.

Let’s change the word “frosting” for the word “Nutella”: Nutella is a famous chocolate spread brand or you could substitute Cinnamon Spread or even Maple Spread. Nutella has a famous advertising campaign which states something to the effect that Nutella is  part of a “healthy breakfast”. I mean, with 56 roasted hazelnuts in it… it MUST be healthy!

Let us examine this a bit closer… and don’t get me wrong, I know members ofthe Ripped Nation are not eating Nutella, but I would like to illustrate a point.

The nutrition facts reveal a cold hard truth:

2 tbsp. Betty Crocker frosting: 130 calories, 18g sugar, cheap refined soybean or cottonseed oil

2 tbsp. Nutella: 200 calories, 22g sugar, cheap refined palm oil

Turns out chocolate frosting might actually be a smarter choice. It’s no wonder Nutella just paid $3 million after being sued for false advertising to children…

Let’s change “Water and Sugar” for “A cup of 100% orange juice”. Don’t be fooled: fruit juice, even the 100% pure “not-from-concentrated” kind basically contains water and sugar.

Once again here are the nutrition facts:

1 cup orange juice: water, 22g sugar, some vitamin C (for what it’s worth). A nice blood sugar spike to start the morning.

1 cup water with a big tbsp. of sugar: water, 15g sugar. A nice blood sugar spike to start the morning.

Orange juice contains 3 times more sugar than the actual fruit. Plus, the fact that it lacks the fiber, enzymes and other nutrients of the whole fruits makes it WAY more fattening.

3) Let’s change “a piece of cake” for “a small blueberry muffin”: your morning muffin has to be better than cake!

1 small blueberry muffin (my favorite kind): white flour, sugar, and refined vegetable oil. 340 calories and 25g sugar.

1 piece of generic cake (without frosting): white flour, sugar, and refined vegetable oil. 260 calories  and 26g sugar.

Right about now is where your hear people start talking in 3 letter acronyms like WTF, FML, FTT and other phrases of shock and surprise.

The reality is, they look pretty similar to me.


Some people eat Nutella, orange juice and muffins every single morning and still think they have made healthy choices.

It is certainly not a stretch to imagine how a habit  such as this could completely screw up their health and any fat loss efforts?

If you take away just one thing it should be this:

Don’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to food. Don’t trust the ads, don’t trust the restaurants. Rely on your own good common sense to guide you and some knowledge resources you trust

As a member of the Ripped Nation, you train really hard to get results. Make sure your nutritional choices are supporting your effort and not sabotaging it.

Keep it simple and healthy,


Nick, thanks for this article which serves as a good reminder to all of us not to be complacent when it comes to food choices

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One response to “Your Nutrition – Healthy or Not”

  1. Michele

    Kayla. Thanks for the post. I do allow myself cheat days and splurge every once in a while with a great homemade yummy treat. With that being said, I have a peanut and Dairy allergy. So it’s very difficult for me to indulge in items from a bakery or store because of the dairy issue. Therefore, If I’m jonesing for a treat I must make it with my special ingredients. So before I ever make it, I can pretty much talk myself out of wanting it. My boys and husband, however, will ask me to make stuff. I do oblige them. Some of it I can have, I will have in moderation. But the majority of it I can’t.

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