Last week we focused on water, and the benefits of drinking an adequate amount and how it may help you lose a bit of extra weight if you drink a pint before eating. I challenged you to drink more water, which is the best quality fluid. Now what about food?
First, think about a question Jonathan Bailor, author of The Calorie Myth asks us to consider; why would we use the technology we used 50 years ago when science has given us a smarter and more efficient way of doing things? There is no way we would use the same computers or the same phones. Yet many are still using the same exercise and eating information we used 50 years ago, while we face to the worst obesity and diabetes epidemic in history!
Bailor started seeking primary research and getting information from “people who spend their lives in lab coats rather than people who spend their lives wearing spandex or on talk shows…I couldn’t find support for what I was taught as a trainer, it didn’t exist!” Jonathan Bailor spent a decade collaborating with top doctors and researchers to analyze more than 10,000 pages of academic research related to diet, exercise and weight loss. Bailor has separated scientific fact from weight loss fiction, and delivers a solution using biology and common sense, that is based on clinically proven research not trendy opinions. Here’s a sneak peak into what you’ll find inside his book, in a video by the Jonathan, himself: Sane101.
Bailor shares that we have a quality issue not a quantity issue, our bodies are supposed to naturally adjust and balance themselves. Many of our systems are broken or “clogged”, and quality is necessary to help heal that problem. Consider grass-fed cattle, they can eat grass all day and cannot become overweight. Now think of cattle that are fed grain or corn to help fatten them up faster, their quality of food is messed with and it changes their system.
Low-Carb Diets and Results Video
Jonathan shares FOUR CALORIE QUALITY FACTORS:
Overall, we should be after foods that are HIGH in water, fiber and protein. These are healthy foods. The unhealthy opposite are dry foods, that are low in fiber and protein. Bailor encourages us to make a majority of what we eat to be non-starchy vegetables. Bonus points for kale, chard, bok choy, spinach, romaine and brussel sprouts!
Next on your plate should be nutrient dense proteins. Focus on getting a majority of your calories from protein in these options. These include seafood of any form, humanely raised animals. Interestingly, you wouldn’t count eggs or nuts here since a majority of their calories are from fat versus protein. (If you happen to be vegetarian, Bailor encourages the first thing you do is get a pea, hemp, or rice protein supplement along with an amino acid supplement).
Eggs, Nuts and seeds are next as whole food fats. Some of the best whole fats for us are macadamia nuts, cocoa, coconut, chia, flaxseed, fatty fish, eggs, olives and avocado! Chances are 50% of your calories are from carbs now- which means your body is sugar adapted meaning it’s used to running on sugar. Once your body burns through the sugar, you’re hungry and crave more. If you eat more healthy fat, you can retrain your body to be “fat adapted” and burn stored fat.
Unfortunately, bananas, grapes and apples are high in fructose and lower in vitamins and minerals versus other fruits. For that reason we need to eat more low fructose fruits. Fruits low in fructose include berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries) and citrus fruit (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit). By focusing on these main fruits we maximize vitamins, minerals, amino acids and minimize the sugar; in place of processed fats, sugar and starch.
If this all seems intimidating watch Jonathan in this video “What do I eat?” and I hope it makes it seem more doable, if you would like to start incorporating some of what you’ve read. The goal of eating in a SANE way is to have healthy, sustainable, enjoyable FAT loss, not necessarily weight loss. But first, you must first consider your own goal too!
Healthy eating is all about healthy substitutions NOT depriving yourself. We all know you cannot live a happy life if you’re hungry! One of the best feelings in life is seeing yourself progress. Making positive moves that benefit your future. I have noticed this a lot recently in eating smarter. I feel better about myself as I make progress, noticing that my clothes are fitting looser, and it’s all been enjoyable! A few seemingly small changes and sacrifices have been well worth it, in starting my journey to long term health.
Now sign off, and take a peek in your kitchen. Do you have more “food” in your cupboards and pantry than your fridge and freezer? The truth is real food doesn’t go in the cupboard. Discuss this with your spouse and consider what you can substitute, go without, and overall changes you are willing to make for your health and happiness?
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