Food is one of the most important parts of our lives. It’s what we eat, it’s how we feel, and it’s what keeps us alive. But food can also be a source of anxiety, stress, and even weight gain. In this article I’ll explore some common mistakes people make when they’re trying to eat healthy and talk about why these mistakes are bad for your health.
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It makes no difference if you’re a “Paleo Person,” a “Veg Guru,” or a “Flexitarian.” If you’re healthy, fit, and slim — and have been for some time — I’m guessing you eat similarly to me.
Speaking with a variety of eaters will lead you to think differently. Various “eating groups” argue that their diet is vastly different and superior than others.
Everyone, I believe, is missing the point:
There are more similarities than differences across healthy eating habits.
The majority of today’s healthy eating habits aren’t all that different.
Set out a day’s worth of food for any healthy and fit individual, and you’ll probably see something like this.
The difference is insignificant.
Only approximately 15% of the food types are distinct (the green category). That concludes our discussion.
As a result, healthy eaters eat the same meals 85 percent of the time.
5% is the magic number.
The 5% category, often known as “degenerate foods,” is where all categories of eaters go wrong.
It’s the light blue one at the top. It’s hardly visible in the graph above. This is the point at which we all make or break our diets.
Degenerate food is something we’re all acquainted with. It’s the dreck – refined grains/soy/meat, factory-farmed meat/dairy/eggs, artificial sweeteners, and so on.
Here’s an example of a “degenerate diet.”
Do you see the distinction?
It’s not as if one group consumes a couple more ounces of grass-fed beef, a free-range egg, or tofu cubes. Both parties make mistakes when it comes to degenerative foods.
When these items come to account for a significant portion of our daily consumption, we’ve arrived in fat/disease territory.
If your goal is Paleo eating, lean & green eating, full plant-based eating, flexitarian eating, or something in between, then the only difference lies in that 15%. It comes down to swapping meat/eggs/dairy for more legumes/beans. Simple deal.
Switching from meat to beans
Let’s suppose someone wants to go from meat to beans, but 85 percent of their diet is already in good condition. Let’s wait and see what occurs.
2 eggs, 8 ounces grass-fed beef, 1 cup 2 percent Greek yogurt
— swapped with —
2 cups legumes, beans, and peas, sorted
The drama is about to begin. People are frightened by this kind of exchange.
The most common worry I hear is that substituting legumes for meat, eggs, or dairy would result in an excess of carbohydrates. To them, this equates to an increase in body fat. Act as though you haven’t heard anything. We’ve all done it.
Let’s take a step back and look at this.
2 free-range eggs, 8 ounces grass-fed beef, 1 cup organic 2 percent Greek yogurt
This document contains information on:
Fat content: 38 g
carbs (11 g)
There are no fiber grams.
Protein content: 92 grams
2 cups legumes, beans, and peas, sorted
This document contains information on:
2 g of saturated fat
carbohydrate content: 79 grams
Fiber content: 31 g
Protein content: 32 g
With the legumes/beans, the net change is:
330 calories saved
There are 36 less grams of fat in your body.
68 extra carbohydrate grams
31 additional grams of fiber
There are 60 fewer grams of protein in this recipe.
A reduction in energy of 330 calories per day is significant.
I’m thinking about two things now that I’ve added 31 grams of fiber and 330 calories to my diet:
1. An increase in bowel motions 2. A reduction in body fat
So, although many individuals worry that switching to legumes would lead to weight gain, don’t be concerned. Simply concentrate on understanding how to cook beans in a way that minimizes anti-nutrients. (Rinse and soak them for several hours before cooking, changing the water periodically.)
If the dietary replacement is made with other whole foods, it does not result in weight gain.
Here’s what causes weight gain:
When 8 ounces of grass-fed beef, 1 cup of organic 2% Greek yogurt, and 2 free-range eggs are replaced with a large quantity of processed goods. Consider the following scenario:
Many vegans and vegetarians avoid eating animal protein… Replace it with something helpful, but not with anything else. They just consume more manufactured junk: imitation meats, rice cakes, “whole-grain” crackers, soy cheese, organic sweets, and so on.
Many Paleo dieters avoid wheat… However, anything meat or nut-based is assumed to be safe. They substitute processed crap for grains, such as beef jerky, deli turkey, and commercial nut butter. They may overindulge in juice or commercially dried fruit since, after all, it is fruit.
Many flexitarians believe that if they eat broccoli, they have earned a cookie. Hey! It’s processed garbage all over again!
And many people don’t bother with portion management at all. They believe that if they consume the “proper” items for their specific, one-of-a-kind diet, their hunger and eating habits would miraculously improve.
Let’s look at some of the processed foods that are accessible to each category.
Ingredients for vegan ‘nutrition bars’
Organic whole soybeans and soy isolate protein, organic brown rice syrup, maltitol syrup, chocolate chips [sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, vanilla beans, soya lecithin (added as an emulsifier)], peanut flour, peanuts, xylitol, natural flavors, salt, and soya lecithin (added as an emulsifier)], peanut flour, peanuts, xylitol, natural flavors
Ingredients for a Paleo ‘nutrition bar’
Maltitol syrup, rice protein concentrate, erythritol, almond butter, unsweetened chocolate, glycerine, digestion resistant fiber (fibersol 2) crisped rice (rice flour, malt extract, rice bran, calcium carbonate), guar gum, coconut oil, cocoa powder, natural peanut butter, creatine magnapower (magnesium creatine chelate), natural flavor, Rice X stabillized rice bran
Ingredients for a flexitarian ‘nutrition bar’ that can be anything.
Caramel (corn syrup, sugar, cream, water, fructose, palm oil, soy lecithin, salt, sodium phosphate, flavor, carrageenan), chocolatey coating (sugar, fractionated palm kernel oil, cocoa powder, whey powder, skim milk powder, soy lecithin, vanilla), corn syrup, Trisource (TM) protein blend (whey protein isolate, calcium caseinate, soy protein isolate), maltitol syrup, g Vitamins and minerals: ascorbic acid (vitamin C), niacinamide (vitamin B3), dl-a;pha-tocopherol acetate, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrocloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin a palmitate, folic acid, biotin, cholecalciferol (vitamin
Where do we all go wrong when it comes to food? The foods that have become degenerate. This covers both Paleo and vegan eaters.
Feel free to experiment with the 15% category; it’s a tiny one. The remaining 85% will determine whether you succeed or fail.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the 3 foods to never Eat?
Never eat foods that are expired, raw, or uncooked.
What are the 5 foods to never Eat?
1. Raw egg 2. Raw fish 3. Unpasteurized milk 4. Undercooked meat 5. Raw sprouts
What 3 foods cardiologists say to avoid?
Some of the foods that cardiologists say to avoid are fried foods, high-fat dairy products, and red meat.
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