Okay, what Roary recommends.
It’s simple. Really. There is one easy, never changing, “who cares what the latest fad is,” way to eat.
Once you understand why nutrition is important and the benefits of healthy eating you’ll want to make some changes in what you eat.
The main problem that I always face is however, we all want what we can’t have. If you tell someone you can’t eat “(insert food you love here)”, that’s the one thing that they will be wanting all day long. So this is what we call a diet! and the thing is it doesn’t work very well, and generally makes people… in a word… grumpy. They may achieve some results, but once the diet is done, it’s back to the way things were.
So my healthy eating guidelines are different.
If I asked what health was, what would you say?
“Well, it’s not being sick”. True. But isn’t it much more than that? Health is a state of well being, not just the absence of disease. The World Health Organization’s definition of health takes things up a notch.
If you want to enjoy your meals, be healthy and live longer, then smart healthy eating is the way to do it.
First – forget all the stories we’ve been told about fat, cholesterol and fiber. Clean the slate. Look at things from a different angle. Find the healthiest people groups in the world – the people who are doing nutrition right. Then, eat like they do.
If we were to get all of our healthy food tips from healthy people, things would make a lot more sense. If you wanted to learn to swim, you would want to study people who swim well, not people who drown.
If you want health, don’t study sick people. Study how the healthiest people eat.
So what healthy eating guidelines do they follow? Well, they love fresh, lean, slow cooked meats. They eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and plenty of nuts, seeds and berries.And they drink water.
So step one, is to stop eating everything you eat now. (just kidding )! By now you know me well enough to know that I’m not suggesting you stop eating any food you love.
“Can I still eat a tub of ice cream every night?” Well… yes. But (and there’s always a but) could you have something fresh first? A carrot? An apple? Some broccoli stalks? A big hunk of cucumber? Whatever you like.
Add fresh foods you love. Then add more of them. That means fruits and veggies. Fresh. Uncooked. So for the first month, have one helping of fresh fruit or veggies before your ice-cream. Basically, before you eat anything, have some fresh fibre first. Before breakfast. Before Lunch. Before Supper. Before snacks. For the second month, before your un-healthier snacks – have two.
With these healthy eating guidelines you will massively increase your daily intake of vitamins, minerals, fibre, healthy carbohydrates. You will still eat the other foods you love, but there will be less room for empty carbs, fats, and processed sugars. You’re going to feel more full, satisfied, and happy.
Step two? Start eating more salads. If you already love them, then just add more salad. Have a bigger helping of salad before your meal. Try some of those strange veggies that you see in the store but haven’t tried. Chop them up with your salad. Use your favorite dressing (or even try some new ones – olive oil and balsamic vinegar?)
Third – Start slow cooking your meats. If you can, buy grass fed organic meat, (or go out and hunt your own wild meat – Deer, Moose, Elk, Bison). If not, well just do your best to find healthy – as close to nature as possible – meats.
Add some berries (smoothies in the morning are awesome), snack on some nuts and seeds – And Voila! You’re getting more fibre, vitamins, minerals and protein than ever before. Without removing anything you love.
(you may find some of the old unhealthy things getting replaced by healthier things – that’s okay. But never feel you “have to” give up what you love. Just have some fresh fibre first.
Enjoy being healthy