You’re probably wondering, man, a lot of the stuff posted on this site is pretty general information; how can I apply the information to my daily life? Hopefully, if you’ve read my other posts, you’ll understand that the general information serves to form a foundation on which you can build your life upon.
Nonetheless, in these series of posts I’ll try to clarify the specifics of a new lifestyle that you are (hopefully) going to embark upon.
This post will focus primarily on the nutrition aspects: what you should eat, what you shouldn’t eat, what you can eat in moderation, what you should never touch, what you can eat once every 56 months (just kidding).
Without further ado:
1. Foods that you can have in unlimited quantities:
- Leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc.)
- Natural lean meats* (FISH, chicken breasts, top round steaks, etc.)
- Beans/legumes (not including peanuts)
* Lean meats are in this category because protein is the most satiating nutrient out of the three, and it is extremely hard to OD on protein. Natural means that it is unprocessed and therefore is not a “lunch-meat”.
**Eggs have shown to be, gram for gram, one of the most nutritious foods on this planet. In addition, the massive amounts of cholesterol found in eggs have an inconclusive impact on cholesterol levels in humans.
2. Foods that you can have a lot of, but should not eat in unlimited quantities:
- Nuts/natural nut butters (peanuts, almonds, peanut butter, etc.)
- Starchy vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, etc.)
- Dairy (milk, cheese, etc.)
- Non-starchy sauces (vinegar, mustard)
3. Foods that you can eat a healthy portion of, but show some moderation:
- Olive oil and rapeseed oil (flaxseed)
- Fruits (apples, bananas, oranges, etc.)
4. Foods that should be eaten rarely:
- Condiments/sauces (ketchup, steak sauce, etc.)
- Breads* (white, whole-wheat, 6 grain, 12 grain, 56 grain, etc.)
*If you want an explanation for why you should avoid bread, you can either read: Wheat Belly, or look at my Paleolithic Rant
5. Foods that should be avoided:
- Vegetable oils (canola, soybean, sunflower)
- Processed meats (spam, lunch/deli meats, weird hamburgers sold in the airports)
- Sugary stuff/flour based foods (pizza, cinnamon rolls, any pastry, really)
- Fried foods (mama’s chicken wings, buffalo wings, fries, etc.)
- Sodas/sports drinks/fruit juices
- Trans fats/hydrogenated oils*
*Since the FDA and USDA are both very brilliant, it is actually allowed for foods that contain trans fats under 0.5 grams to be labeled as 0 grams trans fats; therefore, look in the ingredients list for anything that has “hydrogenated” in front of it, and that will be your indicator for trans fats.
What does this mean for you? It probably seems like you can’t eat anything, so what can you eat? Easy. Lots of meat and lots of vegetables, with a healthy portion of starchy carbohydrates. This means:
- LOTS OF STEAK (who doesn’t love steak?)
- Lots of fish and other seafoods (I recently demolished a 10-pound lobster with my friends)
- Eggs cooked in BUTTER*, and not some sketchy vegetable oil
- Chipotle! I literally ate Chipotle every lunch when I was in Chicago
- Many, many more things
*There is research showing that saturated fat and cholesterol (such as those found in butter and eggs, respectively) do not negatively impact heart health and function.