Nutrition and health is something I take very seriously. Thus eating Healthy without going crazy is one of the key elements to having amazing health.
Although when I'm out eating I put no limits on what I eat, because I like to try new and varied things, when I am home I am very picky. Eating healthy is one of those things I refer to as cumulative habits; Eating healthy for one day or a week out of the year has practically no effect on your life, but eating healthy for 80%+ of the year might add an extra 2 months your life as well as possibly fill you with energy you never knew you had.
Information regarding healthy eating is almost as insane, and convoluted as information regarding how to bake an apple pie, there tons of it, a lot of it is bogus, and most of the good information is filled with confusing words or assumes you know the specifics of how the body works. Thus I've decided to make my own small guide on the decisions I make daily to eat healthy, although sometimes when I go out I don't follow them. NOTE: if you are overweight, I highly recommend you get that handled before you start alternating, unless you are doing a slow-carb type diet with a cheat day. Regardless being overweight is bad, and is one of those things in life that comes with no benefits.
Eating healthy does not be hard, in fact I'm going to outline what to do in three easy steps. Its going to look so easy that people might think I'm crazy.
1. Get rid of all simple carbohydrates. This means Sugar, Bread, Pasta, Rice, potato, corn syrup. I would avoid any "whole grain" products as well, as they usually are just white carbs with color or grains readded. Brown Rice is acceptable. As a general rule just avoid anything made with flour or that's sole purpose is sweetening. Agave, sucralose, honey,bread, pasta and rice all fit in this category
2. Eat only lean, wild, and/or well meats. If eating cow or pig, make sure you eat the cuts or from the areas that are not high in saturated fat and try to make sure it is from a farm that takes good care of its animals, that means grass-fed, no use of growth hormones etc. These goes for Chicken and Turkey as well. Research which farms nearby raise their livestock well and try to eat only chicken and turkey breast or forego the skin. Eat only wild caught fish, and try to make sure its fish that is close to the coast and low on the food chain. Deep sea, large fish up in the food chain, such as tuna, are usually high in toxic metals. Salmon is usually a good choice as long as its wild, other than that try to see which fish is found close to you and adapt. Red snapper and mahi-mahi are usually good choices.
3.All above ground, green vegetables are good to go. Mushrooms are also good. Spinach, kale, broccoli, asparagus and lettuce are all great choices. Legumes are also very good, particularly lentils and black beans. The only fruits I eat are Avocados, the occasional banana before exercising, and blue/black berries for antioxidant content. In general if its above ground and green its good. all types of edible mushrooms are good as long as they are washed properly.
4. Avoid anything, absolutely anything that is fried,and severely limit dairy products. Some organic yogurt is okay. For best results only Drink Water. avoid fruit juices, and milk completely and drink alcohol sparingly in small quantities, such as one or two cups of red wine at maximum
5. Last but not least the following things should be eaten in small amounts. healthy nuts, specifically almonds, pistachios and walnuts are all good for your health. For best results make sure to buy unsalted and unroasted. Dark chocolate can be eaten in small amount as well, as they are packed with an insane amount of antioxidants. Use Olive oil whenever possible, make sure it comes in a dark container as olive oil spoils easily. The reason why you don't want to eat a lot of these things is because they are high in calories.
Thats it folks. In a nutshell avoid fried foods, avoid simple sugars, eat lots of above ground, green vegetables, mushrooms, and legumes and accompany that with lean, wild or well raised meats. In between those eat nuts, berries, dark chocolate in small amounts, as these are all high in calories. Buying frozen vegetables over organic isn't bad. Of course if you can, buy and support organically grown vegetables, but don't forego vegetables only because you can't buy organic; freezer broccoli will always be better than a cookie or potatoes.
Of course some of the things here might be misrepresented. Some types of grains aren't bad, some whole wheat bread is actually good etc.. But honestly finding the one or two brand that are completely organic and well made can be expensive and time consuming. Instead focus on the bigger pictures, eating healthy, low-glycemic carbs, and lean meats and accompanying that with healthy fats from fish, avocados, olive oil, and nuts.
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