Everyone knows in order to achieve or excel in
anything it takes training. To become a great musician, you practice the
instrument daily. Run a 10K in under 40 min? Run often and knock some time off
each training session. A surgeon, a lawyer, an engineer? Years of study,
learning, and mentoring. Why then should training your eating habits and the
result: achieving an optimal body, be any different? You are afforded multiple
opportunities each day to practice and hone eating habits, since, well, you
have to eat, and the results, if the right foods are chosen,
can be astounding. Who doesn't want a body that is lean, strong, functions
appropriately, and is pain, condition, and disease free? You'd think the most
important thing you own would come first, but in the majority of the
population, it doesn't.
Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
Because you eat every day, it is 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. By putting a little effort into the food decisions you
make, by learning the facts about what foods make the body function optimally,
eating becomes simple. I call this Strategic Eating Habits.
1. Eat Simple and Basic Foods
2. Realize that 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
8. If you can't pronounce an ingredient, don't buy
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, don't always eat for taste
Read More on Eating Strategies HERE
Simple, But It Got Complicated
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? Why do people choose foods they know are bad for them, see
themselves getting heavier, yet do nothing about it.
- They know but
- They've been told
it's good for you
- It tastes good
- Later. I'll lose
the weight in time
- It's normal to
gain weight as you age
Bears Don't Get Cancer
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 and pain. Eat the wrong foods to often, you'll get sick
eventually. Maybe not all of the sudden, but common sense, (and weird things
going on with your body), will tell you food habits are cumulative. 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 Biggest Losers
The five foods that are causing 99% of the health-related
problems would be:
2. Chips, Crackers,
3. Feed Lot, farm-raised, caged, penned, grain-fed
5. Alcohol (a food to some people!)
Habits Become Addiction
There is little argument that sugar in all of its
forms pervades the human diet. It's in literally thousands and thousands of
foods in various forms. And, carbohydrates, especially the simple refined ones
found in in grain products, are the same as sugar. Even worse is that there is
little doubt that sugar is addictive.
"In the brain, Research has found
that sugar has addictive properties complete with a serotonin rise and
crash as well as some cranky withdrawal symptoms."
Sugar simply stimulates and modulates serotonin, dopamine, and other endorphins
in the brain too much too often. The combination of sugar-salt-fat is what the
human palate craves if given the opportunity for regular consumption. Breaking
the cycle starts with eating foods which stifle cravings and addiction.
Grains, These Guys: wheat, oats, barley, rye,
corn, and rice, just plain suck! Get rid of them!
speaking, create 3 major problems for the human body:
carbohydrates flood the bloodstream with sugar and insulin
- Grains causes severe disruption and permeability in the gut
leading to almost every autoimmune condition and digestive disorder known.
Learn what's good, Train your palate,
Get systematic with your eating, and reap the rewards.