‘Healthy’ foods you should never eat
They’ll say: “I know how to eat healthy. It’s just a matter of “getting my act together”.
Then, they say what “getting their act together” means:
“Low-fat muffin with instant oatmeal for breakfast, 100-calorie snack, ham sandwich with low-fat mayonnaise for lunch (along with maybe a coca-cola), mid-day snack of baked potato chips followed by a “lean cuisine” meal for dinner. Nothing could be farther from eating healthy.
I used to think this was what eating healthy was….. I could even eat this way for a while…. (As long as my will-power kept me going).
The problem though, was that I was always hungry…… Most meals made me just want more food, and I could never seem to feel satisfied.
If your daily food choices look like the above, you’re “healthy” aspirations are doomed, you will fail, and you will in time, develop some form of disease.
Between the absence of proper fats (essential for health), the overabundance of refined, insulin -spiking carbohydrates, the man-made chemicals added to these foods, and the lack of natural, essential nutrients found in whole foods, the foods above are nutritional “deserts”. In time, they cause a host of health conditions.
Am I suggesting some diet to “start”, and then be “off” of following your first sugar-laden dessert? Don’t think that would be a sound lifestyle choice.
What am I suggesting? To start, the next time you’re at the shopping mall, count how many overweight people you see. Then, write down what you think about what many of them ate for breakfast. How about lunch? Dinner?
Then, look through a bunch of pictures from the late 1800’s (can easily be done online). How many overweight people do you see there? Then, write down what you think someone from a picture had for breakfast. Lunch? How about dinner? Keep in mind, there were many ways people could have been healthier in the 1800’s. But I’m wondering, why are they generally so much more slender? Did they have more will-power than us? Could the entire population of thin people from then just had more will power than we do now?
According to Dr Weston Price in his book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” (1939), he found that that native populations of primitives who switched to modern eating habits were susceptible to a host of physical ailments, including chronic illness and disease.
According to Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones” (2008), something healthy people around the world share in common is the consumption of natural, mainly plant-based food.
Natural foods are produced by nature, with little or no interference from humans. Natural foods generally DON’T come in packages or boxes, and they don’t include things like:
-Lean cuisine meals
-Low fat dressings
-100-calorie portion sizes
-Sugar free drinks
-Low fat baked goods
There is far more that can be added to this list.
Instead, what healthy people eat are things like: apples, oranges, berries, bananas, raw, unsalted nuts (high in fat, and very healthy), chicken, wild fish, eggs, bananas, olive oil (by the way, also has lots of fat), coconut oil, regular butter (definitely not reduced calorie margarine spread), kale, lettuce, collard greens, dates, avocados (very high fat content by the way), peppers, (the list goes on and on), and oh, to drink, by the way, water.
No cola, and believe it or not, no juice.
More fat than what most people eat when they think they’re eating healthy? Yes. A great deal more fat. (Critical to being healthy)
Less chemicals? Yes.
Less refined carbohydrates? Yes.
Less hunger? Extremely.
Radical? Don’t really think so. A healthy person’s lunch looks only slightly different than what other people eat. And if they pick an occasional “pizza, beer, and ice-cream night” with friends, they plan for that one meal, and continue with healthy foods at other times.
Oh yea, for more tips on gaining a lean body, click here.
Price, A. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration( 1939), Keats Publishing
Buettner, D. The Blue Zones: Lessons from people who’ve lived the longest (2008), National Geographic