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This post is about Paleo eating and making a change (if you want to) though firstly; Some people give the Men’s Health ‘Eat this, Not that’ site a fair bit of stick for lacking in scientific evidence, even slating Men’s Health for making assumptions that are ludicrous. And they’re right because a fair few things they say are pretty far fetched… (specifically they recently made a bit of a mess of the calorie / fat storing ‘thing’ by ignoring the effect of hormones).
The more people that become aware that hormones (specifically insulin and cortisol) as well as calories (and a whole load of other stuff) play a BIG role in this health, diabetes, fat burning, obesity, overweight thing the better… There is slightly more to it than the calorie model. And that’s without even looking at Glucagon (the opposite of insulin), Ghrelin (hour to hour hunger) or Leptin (day to day hunger).
I’m all for people making change for the better. And, as much as I’d like to click my fingers and for everyone to be healthy, eating nourishing food, get rid of starvation through highly nutritious food and eradicate obesity through similar methods – sometimes swopping an evil product for a lesser evil is a great start to creating bigger changes. And that is what ‘Eat this, Not that’ appears to be about.
It’s more that I eat ALOT of veg, leaves, meat, fish, nuts, seeds and DARK organic (very often raw) chocolate (I sometimes even step in the realm of less dark organic chocolate – though that is a REAL treat…and tastes phenomenal having abstained for months). Being completely wheat, legume and dairy free and very much on the ‘Paleo’ path works for me and I’d recommend you experiment by checking out the following tips:
Here are some basic Paleo tips evolving ‘Eat this, Not that’ to a the next level:
1) Replace rice, pasta & legumes WITH root veg, cruciferous veg and dark leaves.
Because wheat, gluten and legumes all have anti-nutrient properties and they are nutritionally inferior to root and cruciferous veg and dark leaves.
Q: But they eat rice and breans in countries and tribes all over the world and they are fine…?
A: Yes they do. Rice and beans are a survival food. Which is great for… wait for it – surviving. We are into thriving, right? Check this next part for something interesting;
Remember (Abraham) Maslow’s heirachy of needs?
Have a GOOD look at this while thinking about how you spend your time, who is around you, how much intimacy you have in your sex life, and of course the things you are eating:
I’m interested in people (you & me) thriving – achieving self actualization. If you are reading this you are in a fortunate position to have a real choice of which foods you put in your mouth. That is once you get a grasp of your cravings and ‘reset’ your body. For most of us our bodies are MUCH better at digesting; meat (real meat that is grass fed, free range, farmers market), wild fish, veg, fruit, nuts and seeds.
Yes, some peoples’ bodies are much better at digesting certain foods and yes people have their beliefs about killing animals – which I respect. Though speaking strictly about the way we are made as animals ourselves the above list works!
(Yes the living conditions of the animal matters, yes aim for farmers markets you trust for getting the freshest and best fruit & veg, yes aim for organic nuts and seeds. That said use a little common sense, if farmers market/organic is not available the next best thing is NOT processed packaged junk. The next best things IS conventional versions of the above.
2) Replace milk chocolate with soy-free dark chocolate.
(ok, they didn’t have dark chocolate in the ‘Paleo times’ but it’s a great shift in the right direction knowing a lot of people eat and enjoy chocolate – might as well get the best nourishment from the experience!)
(Do this) Because… the higher percentage the chocolate the more nutrients and the less sugar you get. And Cacao (yes, that’s the plant that your chocolate bar used to be). Aim for 70% + then aim for 80% or more… Cacao is a great source of magnesium, a mineral that is lacking in most people living in western ‘civilization’.
Top Tip: when moving to darker chocolate the first few times you try it, it WILL taste harsh! Your taste buds need (yes, I’m telling you…) retraining. Check out this post for more about retraining your tastebuds.
In England 85% Green & Blacks is soy lecithin free.
Montezumas also have some soy-free chocolate, aim their higher percentages and read the label.
3) Replace Grain fed meat with grass fed, wild or trusted farmers market.
Cows are designed to eat grass. When a cow eats grain it is subjected to the same ‘torture’ and illnesses we are – sad and true. A free range, grass fed cow (which means it is let loose to eat grass in the summer and most of the winter unless it is too cold then it comes inside for organic grain feeding – a few days per year) will live a happier, healthier life meaning it’s meat is much more nutritious (higher omega 3’s to 6’s).
4) Smells Fishy! Choose wild over farmed!
Farmed fish are… wait for it – farmed!! Wild fish are…. Wild! Which means wild fish theoretically live a happier life eating the food they are designed to eat (we are what our food has eaten). When a fish lives and eats how it is meant to it gives us humans all the nutrients and fats it is supposed to give us. (better omega 3 to 6 ratio being a key one – again!)
*Remember we are what our food has eaten.
*Organic chickens – they’re probably not what you think they are.
*Yes eat the whole yolk – cholesterol in food does not equal cholesterol in your body.
Here is a rapid Rich Eats interview with Olympic Gold Medalist with Colin Jackson:
That’s it for today, questions on a postcard or leave a comment!