Food should not be rocket science and should not occupy your mind all day long. We should always remember that food is our fuel, the source of energy and vital nutrients that keep us alive.
Forget about fad diets, they only stress your body and mind. It’s common sense that if you’re constantly hungry, and keep thinking about food all the time, that you’re not achieving your long term results. Your eating plan is not working! The best diet is the one that you can follow for a whole lifetime. Why stress and traumatize yourself with some unrealistic eating plan that just sets you up for failure?
The most important thing in a diet is to eat CLEAN. What does that mean? It means eating real food, as nature intended. Cutting out all processed foods, chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, refined sugars and flours, etc.
Why? Because your body was not designed to eat a potato powder, cooked in processed refined toxic canola oil, preserved with non-digestible plastic (aka Olestra) and favored with monosodium glutamate (MSG). It’s not just about the chips. Preservatives and/or flavor enhancers lurk in almost all packaged foods nowadays.
Eating clean and avoiding all nasty additives in your food is easier than you might think. Once you learn the basics, eating clean and healthy is like a walk in a park. The key is to buy fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds and other wholefoods, like legumes, brown rice or oats. Eat foods that contain the most nutrients per calorie.
My approach to raw food
Raw food is awesome because it’s in the form that nature has intended. When you heat or chemically process food, you destroy its life force energy and many important nutrients. It just makes sense to eat as fresh and as natural food as possible.
Do you need to be 100% raw to be healthy, fit and look good? Only if you want to. However, you can incorporate some cooked wholefoods into your diet, like potatoes, steamed veggies, brown rice, lentils, beans, etc. Make sure the bulk of your food intake comes from raw fruits and veggies.
Low fat or low carb? High or low protein?
I have experimented with all kinds of diet approaches myself and I came to the conclusion that you should not lose sleep over thinking about how many carbs or proteins you’ve consumed today! It’s just too stressful, and time and energy consuming.
If you stick to a plant based (or mostly plant based if you’re not vegan) whole food diet, eat quality fruit and veggies, some nuts and seeds (in moderation), legumes and whole grains, you’ll be on the right track.
The only thing I’d recommend avoiding or reducing is oil. Oil is refined fat – a high calorie food with low nutrient rate (per calorie). A better source of healthy fats would be avocadoes, coconut meat, durian, nuts and seeds – in that way you are still getting fiber and nutrients. If you still choose to consume some oil in moderation, choose organic cold pressed olive, avocado or coconut oils. Avoid canola, soy, vegetable, cottonseed and all other seed oils at any cost – they oxidize way too quickly, therefore are rancid and carcinogenic.
I do eat a plant based diet and do not consume any meat or dairy. I choose to be vegan for two reasons: 1) ethical – not wanting to do harm to animals or the planet; 2) health – there are too many hormones, antibiotics and other disease causing substances in meat and dairy. It is too acidifying to the body pH and not optimal for human digestion (especially dairy).
I didn’t become vegan overnight, although I knew all the benefits of being a vegan and dangers of eating meat and dairy. I am just a human.
I understand that some of you might not be vegans or are not even willing to be. But if you care about your health, you may want to at least decrease meat and dairy consumption and choose healthier options. Instead of eating meat and dairy 3 times a day (e.g. cheese toast for breakfast, chicken & cheese sandwich for lunch and steak for dinner), switch to once a day, then 3 times a week. You will be surprised at the huge improvement in your health.
If you want to keep eating meat and dairy you should buy ONLY organic (or ideally wild) and as fresh as possible. It contains less chemicals, antibiotics and hormones, therefore is not as harmful as factory farmed products. Also forget about the deli or other packaged processed meats – they’re laiden with sodium, sugar, flavor enhancers and other dangerous chemicals.
Forget about diets, counting calories and stressing out about weight. Focus on health and make feeling good your goal. Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, and moderate amounts of nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. Once you start eating nutrient dense foods, your cravings will go away (unless it’s psychological, but that’s a whole new topic). Energy levels increase and the weight will come off.
Question for You!
What diets have you tried? How have they worked for you? Have you discovered the diet that you can follow for the rest of your life? Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!
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