Eating the foods that your body is made to eat is the single best thing you can do for your health.
By eating the real food you’ll lose excess fat, build muscle, improve your immune system, optimize your genetic potential, and generally feel healthier!
As a biological creature, you are part and parcel of nature; therefore, you depend on living, natural foods to thrive. The foods that are best for your body aren’t the ones processed and packaged in factories (you aren’t a machine) — they’re the ones found in their purest and most complete forms: vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats and dairy (from pastured animals), and whole grains/legumes. You can improve your health today by reducing or eliminating industrial foods from your diet — particularly foods containing unfermented wheat, refined seed oils (canola, corn, soy, and hydrogenated oils), and processed sugar — while replacing them with complete foods.
The most cutting-edge scientific research is revealing two crucial pieces of information about the connection between diet and health:
- Food has a greater influence on genetic expression than ever previously imagined. What we eat determines which of our genes is switched “on” or “off.” In general, fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods promote the expression of healthy genes, while nutrient deficiencies and exposure to chemicals or refined foods can promote the expression of genetic diseases, cancer, and other illnesses.
- We are hard-wired to enjoy the taste of sugar, fat, and salt. The reason for this natural inclination is that these tastes are found in healthy, natural foods. To the detriment of our health, however, large corporations have capitalized on this knowledge by engineering processed foods with the highest degree of palatability (rather than nutrition) possible, using the cheapest forms of fat and sugar available. Processed sugar is particularly grievous because it activates the pleasure center of the brain (much like a drug) and has addictive properties. As a result, most of us end up consuming vast amounts of “empty” calories and eventually develop one or more of the diseases associated with industrialized societies.
The superior health benefits associated with simple, nature-based diets are historically and scientifically validated. Prior to the advent of industrialized foods and agriculture in the US, records indicate that the rate of obesity and associated diseases (like cancer) was drastically lower than what we see today. In other pre-industrialized cultures, such as in Africa and South America, anthropologists have repeatedly discovered that people who eat whole foods, even if their diets are high in fat or carbohydrates, are generally disease free. Some of the more well-known healthy diets, like the Japanese diet, the “French Paradox, and the Mediterranean diet, all have one thing in common: they’re nature-based, meaning they’re high in nutrient-rich whole foods and low in refined fats and sugars.
Eating healthy is simple. It’s not so much about whether you eat fats, proteins, or carbohydrates, but whether or not the foods you’re eating are WHOLE.
Sample list of foods that you should eat for the rest of your life:
- Grass fed meats (chicken, pork, lamb, beef)
- Wild-caught fish (cod, salmon, pollock, sardines, shrimp, trout)
- Eggs from free-range chickens
- Leafy Greens (collard greens, kale, spinach, chard, beet greens)
- Whole dairy from pastured cows (organic milk, butter, yogurt, kefir)
- Whole or fermented grains and seeds (quinoa, brown rice, wheat berries, sour-dough bread, nixtamalized corn)
- Fruit (organic for fruit with edible peels is usually best)
- Vegetables (Including peeled potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, cruciferous, onions, garlic, etc)
- Whole sweeteners (honey, maple syrup)
- Nuts (dry-roasted, raw, or soaked)
Sample list of foods that you should STOP eating for the rest of your life:
- Refined seed oils (canola, vegetable, corn, hydrogenated, etc)
- Refined sugar (white sugar, organic sugar, cane syrup, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, agave)
- Refined carbohydrates (white flour, most bread, pastries, flour tortillas, cereal, tortilla chips fried in seed oil, french fries fried in seed oil)
- Juice and soda
- Artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or colorings