Intro To Eating Strategies

 

Eating probably the easiest and most instantaneously noticeable change that you can make to improve how your body looks, feels, and performs. You have multiple opportunities each day to exert control over the choices you make to retrain your palate and get the results you want. The human body has pretty simple needs when it comes to eating, but we've completely complicated everything: diets, nutrition experts, tv commercials, chemicals you can't pronounce, the list goes on and on. Here's the thing: Not much has changed with human physiology and our biochemistry for thousands of years, so why are we more unhealthy now than any time in history? The basic answer is misinformation and this post is your starting point. Read some of the other articles on the 'read' page and start arming yourself with the right information to make healthy eating choices, and most of all, toss away the ideas of what you've thought was healthy and what you're being told is healthy.


You will read more on this site about eating than any other topic. You will bombarded more on a daily basis about what to eat than anything. And, I’ll say right up front that Eating 'Right' is not really the right term. Eating in Evolutionary Accordance or Biologically Appropriate would be more accurate. Just like any other creature on the planet, we are meant to eat certain types of food to function optimally and live out our life free of sickness. Our genetic code and physiology has changed very little in the past 2.5 million years, but since the advent of modern agriculture, (grain farming, containing livestock), some 10,000 years ago, and particularly the manufacture of thousands of packaged food stuffs, aka modern foods,  some 150 years ago, human health has been on the decline.


The opinions and recommendations I make are based on:

1. Science first and foremost. Information acquired from research and learning from people a heck of a lot smarter than me.

2. Actual experience of what I’ve learned and observed in the fitness industry over the past 16 years...using, implementing, asking, and watching what works in the real world, and what doesn't.

3. What has kept my body working, healthy, pain-free, pharmaceutical-free, and lean.

4. What are easiest, most efficient, and the least time consuming ways to eat and exercise.

5. Eliminate unhealthy foods one-by-one, noting the results, and comparing them to the science.

 

So, with that said, here’s the million-dollar question:

 

Why do people choose foods, (and habits), they know are bad for them?

 

The typical suspects like fast food, booze, and chips, you know about. I’m not even talking about those guys, but supposed health foods like oatmeal, beans, and whole grain bread. These are foods that come recommended by most nutritionists, doctors, diet centers, and my grandma. They produce immediate physical results on people's bodies such as weight gain, bloating, gas, and acne, yet people still eat 'em and conventional health experts still recommend 'em. There is overwhelming evidence they do harm, and most recently these foods are being scientifically linked and proven to cause degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, Crohn's, Celiac, Diabetes, and Cancer.

 

What gives?

Who’s’ right?

Why is the information not getting out there?

 

This site is dedicated to answering these questions. There are new articles each week exploring how the body works with a little science to help you understand what goes once certain foods enter it.
I go into detail about how Grains
are the cause of many common conditions and diseases, how Beans aren’t all they’re cut out to be, and the real story behind Dairy.

 

The Short List

 

If you ran into me on the street and asked me the five foods that are causing 99% of the health-related problems they would be:

1. Bread

2. Chips

3. Crackers

4. Soda

5. Alcohol (a food to some people!)

 

It doesn’t have to be that way, and here are 12 tactics to implement:

 

1. Eat Simple and Basic Foods

2. Food affects everything

3. Prepare your own meals

4. Buy the same staples every time you go shopping

5. Order healthy and wild meats online

6. Losing weight happens…stay off the scale!

7. If it has more than three ingredients, don’t buy it

8. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, don’t buy it

9. Don’t buy much that comes out of a can

10. Make multiple meals from the same meat

11. Good Fats ... Fat is Good

12. Food is Fuel, not a ritual to fill a plate

 

1. Eat Simple and Basic Foods

Confused, I know you are. It seems overwhelming with so many choices, right?  Every day it seems some health ‘expert’ is touting the newest weight loss supplement, the best antioxidant newly discovered in the rain forests of the Amazon, and magazines raving the ultimate eating plan to lose 20 pounds in a month with a genetically superior airbrushed model posing on the cover.

 

The funny thing is eating right is simple. Our bodies in this form and its Physiology have changed very little in the past 200,000 years. So, why has our progression in every area in mankind left us with unhealthy bodies?

 

Six basic foods to eat:

  • Lean Meats
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Oils

 

AND AVOID:

  • Grains - Starch - Dairy - Refined Sugars
  • Excessive Processing
  • Genetically Altered stuff
  • Deli Meats (months dead processed mangled flesh reformed and laden with nitrates and preservatives)
  • Fake sugar substitutes other than Stevia

 

STRIVE FOR:

  • Wild Fish
  • Grass-fed Beef
  • Free-range, Organic, Pastured Chicken (not as hard as you think to locate)
  • Organic Vegetables (look for an article on Organic Priority soon)
  • Natural Pork or Wild Boar
  • Free-range, Organic, Cage-free Eggs
  • Walnuts
  • Oils: Olive, Coconut, Walnut, Hemp

 

2. Food Affects Everything

From superior athletic performance, to excelling at work, aging gracefully, and even your mood, food is the overriding factor. Quality fuel that is used as energy and nourishment without aggravating the bodily systems is what’s important. In a nutshell, poor food selection makes you sick.

-Sick days at work translate to lowered company productivity and perhaps less money in your pocket

- You become a burden on the health care system

- Pharmaceutical companies rush to create diseases out of conditions so they can manufacture a drug and create a commercial that has you in it. (didn’t IBS used to be called gas or ED - Impotence??)

Make good food choices

 

2b. Regeneration

Realize that making the right eating choices has everything to do with how the body regenerates. Cells constantly die and re-grow keeping your body working and moving efficiently for a lifetime. I like to use the word regenerate. Add to the formula exercise, rest, hydration, and maybe some proper emotional/mental environment and you have a body that is a living organism in optimal health for all the years you wander this planet.

In addition, we have bad cells (aka cancer) that we want to keep at bay and not grow. Food pollution is making the wrong choices and has everything to do with propagation of these cells creating an environment for disease, conditions, pre-mature aging and pain. Everytime I see someone in line at a fast-food drive-thru, a cigarette stuck in their mouth first thing in the morning, walking around with a half gallon of soda, or downing 8 Bud Lights on a golf course, it saddens me how they continually pollute their body day in and day out.

 

3. Prepare Your Own Meals

Learning and enjoying making your own meals gets you in the habit of making the right choices.

Not that it’s impossible to eat well at a restaurant but they are in the business of making things tasty to the masses: salty, sweet, and rich…. mostly with things you shouldn’t eat too much of.

 

4. Buy the same staples everytime you go shopping

A fresh veggie for 3 days: this week broccolini, next week maybe brussel sprouts, some type of mixed organic leaves, Coconut milk, frozen fruit, walnuts, eggs, lean, wild meats.

It makes it quicker, you know what you’re going to spend, and you know it’s not going to spoil.

 

5. Order Meats Online and/or Find a Local Farm

For Wild Salmon I use: http://www.great-alaska-seafood.com/

Find a farm that raises great chickens and beef

 

6. Losing weight happens…stay off the scale!

Daily persecution by a number is horrible. Optimal body composition is not on a timeline. Weigh yourself every six weeks or so. Eat right, your clothes will fit better, and you will get to your desired weight.

 

7. If it has more than three ingredients, don’t buy it

~ enough said ~

 

8. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, don’t buy it

I am going to do an article on reading nutrition labels soon, but for now, those crazy long words added to fat-free – sugar-free crackers aren’t meant to enter the body.

 

9. Don’t buy much that comes out of a can

Tuna and olives, that’s all for the caveman

 

10. Make multiple meals from the same meat

My favorite! One whole roasted chicken from my Nuwave oven becomes a meal for that night, curry stew the next, chicken salad on day three, and stewed bones give me a quart of perfect broth.  Oh, and the dog loves the drippings!

 

11. Good Fats

Avocado, walnuts, salmon, chicken drippings, lean meats.

Fat does not make you fat....grains, starch, and sugar make you fat. About 20% of your daily calories should come for fat. Look for an article coming soon on the benefits of Fat.

 

12. Food is Fuel … not a ritual to fill a plate

And lastly, it’s not always mandatory to have a plate brimming over with food. Most of the caveman’s meals fit into a bowl and half the time, gulped standing up!

Quality over Quantity
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