Awhile back, I wrote a post on my “food commandments”, or what, at that time, I thought were important ways to think about food. After I have grown older (okay, only 6 months or so…) and wiser (this one is actually somewhat true, yet I prefer to stay somewhat humble about it), I wanted share my fundamentals of food, from the perspective of a personal trainer, a fitness fanatic, and a health freak, with new knowledge from fresh research and ripe experience.
As follows, here are, in a rather randomized order, just a couple (or more…) of my food commandments::
– eat as little processed foods as possible
– look for foods with the shortest ingredient list possible. seriously, like under four ingredients would be ideal.
– eat as much perishable food as possible – if it can rot easily, that means its real food.
– eat animal sources of protein, but only if truly grass-fed, 100% organic, wild-caught, etc. cage free could mean anything, it doesn’t mean they are roaming free on a beautiful pasture!
– eat oatmeal or muesli (not instant microwaveable oats) instead of cereal/granola.
– do eat fats to keep you full, both unsaturated and saturated. they both exist in nature for a reason. to balance each other out, to keep our hearts healthy, controlling both HDL and LDL cholesterols.
– do consume different types of oils/fats – stick to olive oils, coconut oils, flax and hemp seed oils, grass-fed butter, almond, peanut, etc. (unrefined and not hydrogenated please!) check out this oil comparison chart
– do not use margarine/weird butter substitutes. use the real deal. it goes much farther and isn’t full of creepy, mysterious man-made (oxidized) cholesterols
– do eat the yolks of an egg. and if your going to eat a lot of eggs, then just take out a couple yolks if you must limit your calories.
– eat as little carbohydrates as possible, and the carbohydrates you do eat should come from fruits, veggies, sprouted grains, unprocessed oats, brown rice, quinoa, or other whole oats/grains.
– processed carbs lead to diabetes and obesity, which do not lead to a happy and healthy lifestyle.
– whole wheat bread does not count as an unprocessed carb, unless it says it is sprouted.
– do look out for stone ground flour/corn/grains – this process still retains the nutrients in the grain.
– avoid white breads and carbs at all costs, unless it indicates the flour was stone-ground.
– only use a juice cleanse as a means of re-setting your system, detoxifying, as a starting point to a healthy every day lifestyle. do not replace food with juice on a daily basis as a way to “diet”.
– do not “diet”. eat healthy as consistently as possible, practicing portion control and moderation.
– do cook with as many herbs and spices as possible, to give flavor without crappy condiments.
– only buy protein powder that only uses stevia/stevia extract to sweeten – no sucralose/aspartame scary sweeteners.
– do know that fat-free and low-fat manufactured food items are actually terrible for you, due to the processing which creates oxidized cholesterol, the only bad type of cholesterol.
– do know that even low-fat items still are made from “skim” sources, which uses the same process listed above, which is very, very bad for your poor little body.
– do look for “raw” sources of dairy, such as yogurt, milk and cheese, as these do not go through the processes listed above that create awful cholesterol.
– do drink lots of water to stay full and hydrated throughout the day
– eat as little sugar as possible, unless from natural sources such as honey, maple syrup (as little as possible with this high calorie monster!), agave nectar, stevia, etc.
These are truly words to LIVE by. Thanks for sharing the wisdom you have accumulated. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
You are so very welcome – that is what I aim to do – show people the way to a healthy lifestyle.