« My recommended rule is not a number of grams, a macro percentage, a specific food group to “cut out” or a max calorie number to live by. No no, the rule is all-encompassing, and although it may seem vague, it’s actually very very simple:
- Fill up on as many whole, natural, real, unprocessed foods as possible.
So what the hell does that actually even mean?!
It means eating foods as close to their “natural” form as possible. I know “natural” is such a buzz-word and doesn’t mean much, but I’m just using it here for lack of a better term. It’s not about the specific food, the number of calories, the macro…it’s about the journey that food took from root to plate. Every food has its “processed” form and “natural” form. An example being an organic potato bought at your local farmer’s market compared to a Pringles potato chip. The same origin but also clearly COMPLETELY unrelated. Of course it is way better to have a steamed potato than a bag of potato chips, just as it’s better to have a piece of whole fruit than to have jam; where the cooking process kills most vitamins and sugar, gelatine and preservatives are added. Whenever you have something to eat, try think about the origin of the food, can you have a less processed, closer-to-the-root version? Everything can be switched for a healthier alternative.
This is literally a questions I’ve received many times. IT DEPENDS is the super annoying but honest answer. This is just another case of the “natural” version versus the “processed” version. If you’re talking about a wholesome loaf of dark rye bread then why not! Why wouldn’t it be? The problem is when you start looking at incredibly processed sliced toast bread made with high fructose corn syrup, bleached flour, palm oil, soy lecithin, preservatives, colouring…
Following this rule means trying to eat everything as “homemade” as possible. If you were to bake your own cake at home, with flour, eggs, vanilla, maybe even some sugar *GASP* – well it would be a lot healthier than store-bought alternative. So many experts say this is one of the major causes of the obesity crisis; it is because of the processed food epidemic. The food we eat today is manufactured in factories not grown in gardens, and made to have a shelf life of weeks which is so gross when you think about it. If it stays in tact for months on the shelf of a grocery store without budging millimetre, then what is it doing in your belly? (Of course dried foods, beans, rice, nuts etc. are exempt.) »