Why is it so hard to find a decent healthy eating guide, you know, one that you can live with that really works? You'd think healthy eating would be a time tested truth, not the latest fad.
Remember when cholesterol was bad, and dairy was good, and you needed to eat lots of grains? It all changes so fast, depending on who did the study, and what they are trying to sell. Sad, but often true.
There is one way of healthy eating that has stood the test of time, and is still practiced by the healthiest people in the world. I don't know about you, but if I'm looking to be healthy, those are the people I want to eat like.
This healthy eating guide is different. We only recommend foods that have stood up to the test of time, and we don't want you to stop eating all your favorite foods. The first step is to add foods to your diet.
So without further ado, here is a quick healthy eating guide.
Goal number one is to eat food. Real food.
Don't laugh, the processed stuff that passes for food these days is pretty scary. Even when looking up recipes, most of them call for some processed/canned/off the shelf packaged pseudofood. Don't waste your time reading labels to improve your diet, if it has a label, it isn't food!
Follow this first goal, and you are well on your way. Removing processed chemicals garbage from your diet, and eating only whole, real fruits, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, berries, water, and other things that you make at home, will make a huge difference for your health. It can be hard making the change so we'll boil it down to three simple steps based on the healthiest diet, but moving slowly so you can make the changes simply, and easily.
Now, ideally the diet to model is that of the hunter gatherer. They are still today the people with the lowest rates of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and all the other diseases that kill us left and right.
They tend to be strong, healthy, and full of life, well into old age (unless they get gored by a wildebeest). Seriously, the only thing that tends to shorten their lifespan is accidents. Since we have emergency rooms full of doctors and nurses, we'll fare even better than they do.
If we design a healthy eating guide based their diet, no matter where they live, it tends to boil down to some simple tasty foods.
Fruits, eaten fresh.
Vegetables, eaten the same way, like you pulled them out of the garden, wiped them on your sleeve, and chowed down.
Nuts, seeds and berries.
Eggs and meat-typically organic wild meat.
The occasional treat of honey if they can find it, and water. Lots of fresh pure water (when they are thirsty).
Step one, is to add something fresh before you eat anything else. Have an apple, orange, banana, carrot, broccoli, parsnip. Whatever you like. Eat your regular foods that you love, but add some fresh fiber.
Step two of the healthy eating guide, is to add salad. Fresh green salads. Different types of lettuce, spinach, kale, whatever you want to put in there. When you eat your meal after your salad, just eat enough to get full. Don't overstuff yourself.
Step three is to increase the size of your salad. As you begin to enjoy the salads more and more, you'll want a bigger portion. You know the bowl they put in the middle of the table for the salad? Use that as your bowl. Chow down. Again, don't stop eating the foods you love, but you may want to make smaller portions.
Make your salad with other things you love. Throw in some nuts, cranberries, oranges. Put on your favorite dressing. (switch up dressings, try some oil and vinegar)
So now we're eating more fruit, (it's excellent for breakfast! ooo, berry smoothies!) more veggies, and some yummy green salads. What about meat? Where's the Beef?
Meat is a staple of every hunter gatherer diet. In our modern western world it would ideally mean organic, grass fed, slow roasted meats. Beef, Lamb, Moose, Deer, Elk, chicken, turkey, fish, pork. That can get expensive if you try to go totally organic, so do your best, and use your best judgement for your family.
Naturally, as we begin to change our diet this way, our old ways of eating may begin to slip away. That's a good thing. Here's a list of things we want to eventually eat less of:Grains - breads and pastas.Dairy - milk, cream, cheeses, etc. (or at least move toward raw organic dairy)Processed sugars - candy, cakes, chocolate, other sweets.
That being said, if you love some of the above things, then keep on eating them. But could you please have some fresh fiber first?
Okay, one last thing... supplements.
If you are following the smart healthy eating plan, then there are only two supplements to consider.
EPA/DHA fat is quite abundant if you are eating plenty of wild fish, and wild game.
If you are eating domsticated beef, chicken, fish, pork, then you absolutely must have a good EPA/DHA supplement. Why? Click here for more information.
The only other thing you'll need along with this healthy eating guide is some healthy body bacteria. These are usually consumed by eating some healthy dirt with your veggies, but we tend to wash and sanitize ours in the western world.
If you eat some healthy dirty veggies from your garden, then you could skip this supplement too. Otherwise click here for more information on why you need a good probiotic. That's a good start. As you progress along, you'll be eating less and less "junk", and more and more real food. For more information, click the links below.
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