Food is Fuel – Eat Healthy Foods to Rev your Metabolism & Lose Body Fat!
The food we eat has a massive effect on our health.
So isn’t it about time to clean up your diet? I know it’s time for me to stop eating all that “healthy”junk food! Just ‘cause it’s at Whole Foods doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you. Tasting good is not good enough. Not for me. Sorry Big Food! I’m getting off your hook!
Now, it certainly does takes time to investigate the food on the shelves before you toss it in your cart, but reading the ingredient list and nutritional information on the label is the best way to evaluate the food. Evaluating food doesn’t sound that fun does it? But you have to if you want to clean up your diet.
I am reading two books that are helping me form the opinions expressed in this post. Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, M.D. and The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman, M.D.
Food is Love and Other Nonsense
We experience food as something far beyond just fuel for our physical body because we have an abundance of food (however unevenly it is distributed) for the first time in our human evolution. Food has become instant gratification. It’s a status symbol. It’s emotional comfort. It’s often prepared for us. It’s invented in labs. Some of it has no nutritional value. Almost all commercially prepared food has added sugar.
We should all ask ourselves the following question as we walk the grocery store aisle or read a restaurant menu: Why should I eat food that has no nutritional value and may actually harm me?
Maybe your brain and common sense aren’t powerful enough to fight the lure of the salty, sweet, and greasy Mcfood that is readily available everywhere you turn?
Experiment with Food
Eat some “junk” food that you think you love and then start paying attention to yourself as you eat it; and, more importantly, after you eat it. Did you feel really great after eating that bag of potato chips, even the “natural” ones? Really? How about that dark chocolate bar? Supposed to be good for you but what about all the butter and sugar in there? Red wine is good for you, or maybe not?
My personal conclusion about food and drink, at this moment, in 2014 is:
Everything in moderation, everything in its proper dosage. Food and drink are fuel for the body, the mind and the spirit.
Top Ten List of the Healthiest Foods You can Buy or Grow for Yourself
I will pick a few that I really like—potatoes, tomatoes, apples, brown rice and rolled oats, for example—and gradually ditch wheat and most other grains, and eventually stop eating sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, and other high sugar content vegetables. I will ration my fruit intake to organic apples, plantain, organic citrus, berries and grapes, all in season. Fruits are almost all sugar, so unfortunately not the best things to eat—for humans, that is.
But wait! I will still want to eat fresh organic oranges and grapefruits when they are in season. And nuts, I’ll have to find out about nuts. Nuts are really high in protein and some have higher quality fats than others. Nuts also have carbohydrates. Humans need some form of carbs for energy. Hmmmm.
Seriously though folks, if cutting out most carbohydrates would help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia, I’m willing to try it. I say that because I am reading Grain Brain by David Perlmutter M.D. Grain Brain is a pretty amazing book because it challenges the common belief that cholesterol is bad for you and also explaining why modern grains and carbohydrates could be causing an increase in Alzheimers and dementia.
Okay, moving on, here is a list of food I was given when I started working with a personal trainer doing core fitness training to burn body fat. It was amazing at the time to restrict myself to just these few foods for 3 months, pretty much, not dogmatically, with some cheating of course! LOL. It did work, I went from 28 percent body fat to 22% in 6 weeks. I also worked out really hard with a trainer 2 times a week and worked out at home another day each week. Full disclosure it was August, and I also worked as an organic gardener, so that helped me burn off the fat.
I modified and have since gone off this narrow diet. Just a little too boring you know? It forgets that food is also nourishment for the mind and spirit. However at this point in time I will try and get back to it as a springboard that can launch me toward a more interesting and healthy, very low but no carb diet.
The following foods are the best in their categories. Which one is best in your show?
Chicken Breast no skin 3 oz. serving contains
- 26 grams of protein compared to Turkey breast = 14 grams of protein
- 1/10th the sodium (salt) of Turkey breast
- Healthy insoluble fiber great for digestion
Almonds raw or dry roasted no salt, no added fat, contain
- Mono-saturated and polyunsaturated fats
- Contains Linoleic acid
- Vitamin E
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) that is thought to speed up metabolism resulting in more fat burn off
- High in trace minerals
Greek Yogurt contains
- More dietary protein than regular yogurt because it uses more milk in the process (making its manufacture not so sustainable)
- Healthy pro-biotic Acidophilus
- Saturated fat (so stick with 0 percent)
Egg Whites contain
- All the benefits of eggs without the cholesterol of the yolk
- Lots of protein
- Hardly any calories
- Vitamin Rich
Whey Protein contains
Low calorie, low fat protein essential for muscle building
Sweet Potatoes (not Yams) contain
- 3.5 ounces contains 3 grams of dietary fiber
- tons of nutrients
Spinach (and other leafy green vegetables) contains
Top Ten Vitamins in Spinach
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B2
- Flavinoids Carotenoids
Cucumbers (actually fruit not vegetable) contain
- 90 percent water
- outer skin rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber
Sweet Red Peppers contain
- tons of Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B-6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B-6
- Lots of good dietary fiber
- And lots more!
- Beta-glucans, a fiber that helps lower blood cholesterol
- Lots of Vitamin E
- Soluble and insoluble dietary fiber
I will also branch out with a really interesting cookbook called The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook by Mark Hyman M.D. that insists on healthy fats and organics. Cutting way back on carbohydrates is part of Mark Hymans plan to help people solve their blood sugar problems. There are many easy and interesting recipes.
The Takeaway? For me:
We need vegetables, fats and proteins more than we need carbohydrates.
We need carbs to maintain health; but, we need many less of them than we currently consume.
Lots of carbs are basically bad for humans and that we should try and replace carbs with vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats.