For accelerated fat loss and optimal health there is a simple question I ask myself that keeps me on track when I am at the grocery store. This has been the same question since I transformed my body, lost 50 pounds of fat and greatly improved my health biomarkers a year and a half ago.
That question has been:
"If I were living 10,000 years ago, would this food have been available to me?"
In my opinion, that single question will always lead to you making better food choices when you are grocery shopping and deciding what to eat at a restaurant.
I am not a well known fitness guru but the fact is, that this approach to nutrition has changed my life in many personal ways, and so, I am a living, breathing testimonial to the validity of this approach to nutrition.
I originally got interested in this style of nutrition after witnessing the phenomenal results in both weight loss and health experienced by other family members and friends who implemented this approach. I started researching the topic thoroughly as a lifestyle to implement, not only for weight loss, but also for optimal health because when you delve into it, it just makes sense. It has worked out remarkably well for me.
Although we have made huge strides in Medical science, what our bodies need and what they evolved for has not changed much since the paleolithic era. I am not a die hard "paleo diet" proponent, as I also include some "real" foods (specifically root vegetables and some white rice) that they generally avoid, but I believe they are on the right track as evidenced by my results. As the late fitness icon Jack Lalanne was known to have said "If man made it, don't eat it"
Here's the skinny.
Despite all of the huge strides in Medical Science over the past 100 years, the food that the majority of us eat has gone the other way as far as our health and nutrition is concerned.
For instance, it is estimated that the average ancient human consumed an average of 2 to 5 percent of their diet as natural wild grains.
Contrast that with today, where we are consuming a diet that consists of closer to 60 or 70 percent of our modern diets as grains and they are mostly refined grains. To make matters worse, most of those grains (90% or more) are now genetically modified (definitely not wild and natural) to improve crop yield and increase pest resistance.
The genetic modification was done in an attempt to end world hunger (a noble cause I admit), but it was also done with almost zero testing being done on how it would affect humans and their health. The more of it we eat, the higher the rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. (These are just the big ones. There are numerous others such as arthritis, ADD/ADHD, celiac, IBS etc. that are not mentioned here)
In his book "Wheat Belly", Dr. William Davis, details how wheat has changed over the past fifty to sixty years, and he also explains the detrimental effects of wheat on inflammation in the body, blood sugar and body fat, and also points out some of the many adverse health effects of having too much wheat in your diet. (I highly recommend this book). Given the amount of wheat in the average American Diet, these findings are worth noting.
Reducing or eliminating grains in your diet may just be one of the missing links for you.
Other foods I have reduced or eliminated in my diet as a result of this important question:
1)Refined sugar and products containing high amounts of sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup. (Sodas are one of the worst, and the artificially sweetened ones aren't any better for you)
2)Pasteurized Dairy from cows that are fed unnatural grain diets and injected with hormones and antibiotics for increased production.( I choose Almond Milk and dairy products from grass fed animals)
3)Produce that is not organic. (To avoid pesticides they are sprayed with).
4)Meats raised on unnatural grain diets and treated with antibiotics. (Choose grass fed beef, game, range free organic chicken, and wild caught fish and seafood instead)
5)Foods containing artificial sweeteners. (I use only Stevia, Honey or Organic Maple Syrup)
At first glance, it may seem there is nothing left to eat, but with a little education on the subject you'll discover all sorts of delicious available foods that are more satisfying than these man-made substitutions. You'll also discover many other foods which you may have been taught were not good for you actually are.
Mike Edminster has experienced firsthand the weight loss and health benefits of this healthy diet, and started a blog about it. He maintains his weight loss to this day and as a result of his new passion is working on a certification in Fitness Nutrition.
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