Do you want to eat more, perform better, and lose weight?
This week Janet looks at the topic of clean eating, and looks at how profits and convenience have changed our perception of food over time.
You’ll hear about how our food has changed, as well as why its important to take a more holistic approach to food and eating in general.
Here’s what we cover:
- Introducing clean eating
- How clean eating differs from other diets
- How our thoughts on food have changed over time
- What are macro and micro nutrients
Do you want to eat more, perform better and lose weight?
We live in a world where, for the first time, parents might outlive their children because of the obesity epidemic affecting our young children? So if you want to lose weight, be healthy and have a long-term, sustainable eating program, if you want to look better, perform better and feel better, and if you want to opt out of the obesity crisis, then clean eating is the solution. So what exactly is clean eating? It’s something that I very much do as much as I can. And what makes it so special?
Clean eating, put simply, is eating food in its most natural form, as nature intended it to be eaten. It’s eating food that’s not manufactured, it’s not packaged in a factory, it hasn’t been designed by food scientists, it doesn’t rely on clever marketing tricks to sell it. Clean eating is what our grandparents and their parents just called food. Our grandparents grew their food, caught it, killed it, or bought it from someone who did it for them. Clean eating is consuming the stuff that grows in the ground; it’s picked from bushes, plucked from trees, it’s the stuff that blew through the air, swam in the waters or grazed on our land. And while that might sound overly simple or boring, this is what we evolved and grew designed to eat, digest and, more importantly, absorb. These are the foods that fill us, satisfy us, nourish us and prepare our bodies. They have no chemicals. They were not designed in a laboratory.
I’ve written a book called, “The Ultimate Guide to Clean Eating”. If you want to eat more, perform better and lose weight, simply click on the link in the contents below. https://re-eatclean.com
The problem with diets is that they are usually gimmicks and temporary fixes. They are gimmicks created with one thing in mind: profit. Diets are created with the marketing mind. Maybe there’s the Donut Diet because the creators know there’s a market for people who want to lose weight but don’t want to give up their donuts. It’s just crazy. So they create the Donut Diet. Now, the Donut Diet works. If you stick to it and consume nothing but your five donuts a day, you’ll eat approximately 2000 calories a day. If you happen to burn 2000 calories a day, then you’ll break even. If you burn 2500 calories a day, then you’ll lose weight. And if you only burn 1500 calories then you’ll start to gain weight. The Donut Diet does, in theory, work. But that doesn’t make the Donut Diet a good thing. You won’t feel full, you won’t feel satisfied, and you definitely won’t feel nourished. Donuts have lots of calories but very, very little nutrients and that’s the trick behind many diets.
What they do is, they create a calorie deficit. So you eat fewer calories than you burn without any regard for what your body really needs to thrive and survive. Now, our bodies evolved thousands of years ago to eat, digest and absorb the goodness found in real food. My grandparents were dairy farmers. They grew potatoes and vegetables. They had heaps of chickens. They visited the local butcher for their meat. Food was food. It wasn’t packaged. It didn’t have an ingredients label and that’s the thing to look out for; if it needs an ingredients label. And everything was cooked from scratch, from raw ingredients. Now, my parents, on the other hand, grew up in a generation that experienced a rapid rise in convenience. They grew up with television, they were exposed to lots more advertising, times were changing, the standard of living was increasing and, in their defence, they didn’t know what was happening.
So what was happening? Big business is what was happening and big business knew how to make the most of increasing incomes. The faster pace to life and the natural design of the convenience. Unlike our generation, our parents didn’t have the same access to the information that we enjoy today. One of the best examples of this was when people were allowed to smoke in hospitals. It was seen as a good thing to do; a healthy thing to do. So thanks to the booming convenience, the influence of advertising, for the first time ever parents may start to outlive their overweight children. And this is something that was unheard of in our grandparents’ time.
There are lots of reasons our grandparents ate so much better than us. One, they had less money. So they couldn’t afford to overindulge, eat out at restaurants or upgrade to a super sized meal. They ate real food and they actually ate less food. Or, more accurately, they ate the right food in the right quantities and, get this, they had rules for eating. We all know them. A meal might be meat, potato, two portions of vegetables. Now, as boring as that might sound, it was a rule or a guideline for eating, and a very simple rule that meant that they ate the right amount of carbohydrates, protein, fats and vegetables for their main meal. The reason we eat is primarily for nutrition and nourishment. And while many folk will nod their heads in agreement, it’s a vague answer, what exactly does that mean; nutrition and nourishment. It means we eat food, not for the pleasure, although it’s pleasurable, because we need fuel, we need building blocks for the growth and repair of our body.
Yes, you might be thinking that’s obvious and I agree, it is. But if it’s so obvious then why do so many of us fail to eat real food with any nutrients? Instead, millions of us would rather eat for pleasure. It looks like we all got a little bit confused and started to eat for fun or as a part-time, or for something to do as a hobby, and forgot we need nutrients to feed the machine.
I have written a book called, “The Ultimate Guide to Clean Eating”.
Hey, Naomi, the eBook is free.
Is the eBook for free?
Yes, it is, Naomi. And you’re going to like this book. I wrote it. It’s a back to basics read. I urge anyone at all interested in the subject of weight loss to get their free copy now by simply clicking on the link in the contents below. There you go, Naomi. Okay. https://re-eatclean.com
The nutrients we eat can be broadly divided into two categories: macro and micro nutrients. Macronutrients are the nutrients we need a lot of. They’re proteins, fats, carbohydrates. Micronutrients are nutrients we need a little of; vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and that’s it. These are the basic boxes that we need to tick to eat healthily. Micronutrients are often added to food groups. For example, you see breakfast cereals fortified with vitamins and minerals. But ask yourself what’s better, to get your vitamins and minerals that have been added artificially to a factory-made food, or to obtain them in their natural state. It’s actually a no-brainer and I’m sure we can absorb them better. Plus, when we eat real food we get an array of nutrients. Real food provides a wide variety of macro and micro nutrients and, dare I say it, likely contains a lot of additional nutrients we might not be aware of, including enzymes, cofactors necessary to digest and absorb the nutrients.
So let’s start with the big stuff first. Okay. The Macronutrients. Protein, fats and carbohydrates are macronutrients. They’re the foods we need the most of. Proteins provide the amino acids, they’re the building blocks our body needs to repair old tissue and create new tissue. For example, when you exercise you break down muscle and then your body uses amino acids to repair itself. We need protein. It’s essential. Fats are also building blocks. Fats provide the fatty acids we need to create hormones and other building blocks that make up the cell membranes of the billions or even trillions of cells our body is made of. In a nutshell, we need fat in our diet. It’s essential. Carbohydrates are a fuel source. They’re not building blocks like proteins or fat. So, in theory, we can live without carbohydrates just fine. Without carbohydrates in our diet our body will use protein and fats as fuel to get us through the day.
Most of us go wrong with our diet because we don’t know what macronutrients are and we don’t understand the role they play in our diet. So we typically eat too much fuel. Too many carbs. The essential building blocks, proteins and fats, not enough of. This is made worse with processed food products. With these we’re providing substandard macronutrients that have been tinkered and tampered with by food companies to modify the taste, improve the shelf life or make them look like they’re in their natural state. What is really amazing, food created in a laboratory does not make you feel full in the same way that real food does. Have you ever eaten not one, but an entire pack of cookies? But would you devour five bananas? I doubt it. Real food makes us feel full and satisfied. It doesn’t leave you feeling sickly or bloated, and real food tells your body when you’ve had enough.
Vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients are essential to our health but are needed in smaller volumes. These little things make a huge difference. They’re in a lot of herbs too, just by the way. But just to give you some examples, anaemia results from a lack of iron; a mineral. Iodine deficiencies can lead to thyroid problems and scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C, and rickets from a lack of vitamin D and calcium. The list of illnesses from lack of micronutrients is diverse. Phytonutrients are natural chemicals found in plants. These include antioxidants, anti-inflammatory chemicals found in berries, and bacterial properties found in garlic. The majority of the micronutrients we consume come from fruit and vegetables in our diet.
It is how you should be eating for optimum health, optimum performance and to make sure you tick all the boxes when it comes to getting the nutrients your body needs. Bizarrely, the best feature of clean eating isn’t the astounding results, even though that’s what drives so many people to start clean eating, it’s the simplicity. The rules about what you can and cannot eat are crystal clear and easy to understand. The first question is: is this a food or is it a product? If it’s a food then chances are it’s good to eat. If you’re not sure then ask yourself this: Does it need an ingredients label? If the answer is no, because there is only one ingredient, you have food in front of you. Most diets are hard work because they’re so restrictive and so hard to get right. With clean eating food selection is as easy as it gets. re-eatclean.com
Now, I love to hear from all my Tea Society members. Please send me your comments and your feedback, and have a look at this clean eating book. It really, really is an eye-opener and I’m sure that you’ll love it. Click the link below and I hope that you enjoy it.
Goodbye until next time.