What Diet works best? I get asked this a lot. If you follow me on Periscope, you may have seen my recent live stream about it. Everyday there is a new diet book released by another author, promising that their program is the last program you’ll ever need. The pounds and fat will melt away almost effortlessly. All you need to do is buy the book, follow it exactly, and you can’t fail. Except you probably will fail. If “diets” worked we’d all be at our perfect weight; but so many of us aren’t. Why is that?
Here’s my attitude towards “dieting”-- don’t do it. If you want to lose weight, gain lean body mass, lose excess fat, or improve your blood test results, you don’t need to buy another book with a famous person on the cover. You do not need to drink special shakes, or take supplements. However, you absolutely do need to change what you put in your mouth. That’s the secret. Here it is in black and white. STOP EATING CRAP!! Did you get that? Revolutionary, right?
Okay, seriously, let’s talk about what I mean when I say STOP EATING CRAP.
No matter what style of eating you follow: Vegan, Paleo, Raw, Vegetarian, Primal, Omnivore, etc. the key to great health and a happy body is to base your diet on Real Food. Stop buying overly processed, low nutrient stuff, and instead spend you grocery money on nutrient dense, unprocessed, real foods. Once you break the cycle of relying on the convenience of all of that processed crap, you’ll give your body the opportunity to start operating the way it was meant to. What your body needs, and ultimately wants you to feed it is so simple. Just base your meals on real, whole foods- primarily vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, and quality protein. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll start to see and feel a difference. I do know that it can be hard to break detrimental habits, and scary to think about creating meals in a new way. To help you see that it is possible, I’ll give you an example of a typical day for me—
- Breakfast: Black Coffee, two eggs (scrambled in coconut oil or poached), spinach (in the scramble or steamed in the poaching water), two pieces of Paleo-friendly bacon (no sugar, no added nitrates or nitrites), 1/4 of an avocado. ** just to be completely honest, I’m kind of egged-out right now so I’m switching it up for a while.
- Lunch: Big Salad with whatever greens/lettuces are in the fridge, berries, chopped veggies, some protein (usually leftovers from a previous dinner, or canned fish).
- Dinner: Sautéed leafy greens ( I LOVE Kale!) Fish, Chicken, or a piece of some hoofed creature. I live on the coast, so I eat a lot of seafood.
- Snacks: I’m not much into snacks, but here is where fruit can really be your friend. Grab an apple or a bowl of berries. If you tolerate dairy, have a cup of organic, full fat yoghurt. Fermented dairy can be extremely beneficial to your gut, and the fiber and pectin in berries and apples helps curb your hunger and makes your gut happy as well. I’m not anti-nut, but I will caution you to go easy on them if you like to incorporate them as snacks. They are high in Omega 6 fats generally, and can be an irritant if you have digestive problems.
As you can see from this breakdown of my average day, eating real food isn’t complicated or difficult. You don’t need to learn any fancy cooking techniques to do it, or even buy any exotic ingredients. Of course you should feel free to get crazy with the herbs and spices to keep it interesting and delicious!
Now if you’re someone who doesn’t eat meat, or other animal products this still applies to you. I’m well aware of all the fake meat/fake dairy/fake foods marketed to Vegetarians and especially Vegans. These are no healthier for you than any other processed food. If you choose to eschew animal products you still need to base your daily diet on real food. Use Coconut butter, not a fake butter product. Instead of some factory-made soy meat replacement, chop up walnuts, or mushrooms and use them in your chili recipe. Grill eggplant slices or big portobello mushrooms instead of veggie burgers made from artificial crap, or make your own veggie burgers out of beans/sweet potato/zucchini…you get the picture.
So what do you think? Do you think your health is worth the effort to make some changes to your food choices? I think it is, and I think you’re not only capable of doing it but absolutely worth the effort. You can do this. I’m right here with you. xoxoxo
***Click on the recipes tag in tag cloud on here if you need some real food inspiration. I’ll be posting more tasty concoctions soon.***