The food we eat creates the foundation for life. With so much confusion out there surrounding food, I felt obliged to come up with a generalized set of rules that I believe can be applied to anyone.
I’m not here to tell you what you can and cannot eat. These are rules that I believe are simple and practical to implement when trying to transition to a healthier diet.
Eat whole foods, not processed edible food-like substances. If you pick something up at the grocery store, ask yourself this simple question: “Was this made from nature or by humans?” If you answer “humans”, this is not a whole food.
As humans, we are physiologically designed to eat mostly plants. Plants contain fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and polyphenols which are essential for optimal health. Plants are alive, and therefore will eventually rot and go bad.
Healthy fats: [chia, hemp, flax, sesame, and pumpkin seeds], [olive, avocado, flax, and coconut oil], walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, Brazil nuts, ghee, avocado, and olives.
Proteins: wild cold-water oily fish (Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, herring, mackerel), scallops, shrimp, [pastured chicken, turkey, and eggs], grass-fed beef and lamb, legumes, lentils, chickpeas, tempeh, organic sprouted tofu, hemp hearts.
Fiber: vegetables, starches, gluten-free grains/pseudo-grains (brown rice, millet, teff, quinoa, buckwheat), seeds, fruit.
Greens: cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage) and dark leafy greens (kale, swiss chard, spinach)
Treating yourself to sweets is part of a balanced lifestyle. When making treats, consider subbing white sugar with natural sugars such as coconut sugar, maple syrup, local raw honey, or dates.
As humans, spring water is the only biological fluid needed for survival. While herbal tea, kombucha, and bone broth are great, they are not substitutes for water.
Conventionally raised animal products are much higher in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids compared to pastured animal products which are higher in anti-inflammatory omega-3s.
Not only is organic produce more nutritious but it also decreases your exposure to synthetic pesticides.
When it comes to food, you get what you pay for. A nutrient-dense balanced meal is key to satiation (fullness).
Letting other people cook for you means losing control over what you put in your body. Put that power back into your own hands.
As Oscar Wilde once said: “All things in moderation, including moderation.”