HOW 7 SIMPLE RULES MAKE YOU LIVE LONGER – EATING FOR LIFE
What is eating for life?
Most of us don’t know what healthy food it is anymore. It’s just so confusing with all the miss information out there.
The list of contradictory advice goes on and on.
- Eat healthy fats v’s reduce your fat intake.
- Eat more protein, v’s don’t eat a diet high in protein
- All Carbohydrates are bad
- Eat only lean meats, no red meats
- Count your calories not portion sizes
- Only eat Organic
Everyone is giving you advice on how to eat food right, but the simple fact is that almost no-one understands what happens inside your body when you eat healthy food.
Let’s understand the very basics of healthy food, eating it, and living longer. The fact is, there is a science to living a long healthy and enjoying life.
Apply these simple healthy eating rules and live a better life.
1) Whole foods versus processed foods.
The scientists recommend you eat more “whole foods”. If you have a choice, always choose whole foods over processed, all the time if possible.
Why are whole foods healthy food?
Whole foods are a good source of nutrients and rich in vitamins. They are not designed in labs. There is minimal or no processing before eating.
Whole foods undergo several changes in the manufacturing process, to become processed food, losing some health benefiting nutrients.
Examples of foods to avoid in a healthy diet include dehydrated-rehydrated potatoes, homogenized milk, machine ground flour, processed sugar, monounsaturated fats, and no corn syrup. Always check the nutritional breakdown food label’s on processed foods to reduce the risk of heart disease.
2) Eat Natural foods as a choice.
Natural food is the best choice, especially in their natural state. When limited with choice, choose the least processed foods when you buy or eat out. This sounds a lot like “eat whole foods”, but it’s a supplemental rule.
When eating, choose whole, nutritious foods first. Make sure they are fresh, and cooked as little as possible. Humans have been on this planet for millions of years. They have evolved on a whole food diet.
Mans evolution concerning his digestive system has not changed, we still digest food in the same way our ancestors did.
Modern processors have made our lives easier from a hunter-gather perspective. Published studies have proven that with our increased intake of processed foods we are less healthier beings.
Chopping and dicing fruits and vegetables is not processing. Eating cheese produced from milk is good for you. These are not industrial processing systems.
Prepare your foods in a way that your body benefits best. Eat your veggies lightly-steamed and your red meats rear. Cook your chicken well to avoid food poisoning. Your body will benefit and you’ll feel the difference physically and mentally.
3) The American Heart Association Diet recommends avoiding high levels of Synthetic food additives.
Avoid any food containing the following.
a) Food that has preservatives in it or semi-synthetic dietary fibers such as Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose. It is not good for your body in any quantities.
b) Sodium erythorbate is a food additive used predominantly in meats, poultry, and soft drinks. This food preservative has increased greatly since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of sulfites as preservatives in foods that we intend to eat as fresh.
c) Artificial trans fats (or trans fatty acids). They produced in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Research shows that reducing trans fat in the American diet helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
4) The Two Natural food groups.
Animals and Plants are the only foods we should eat in there natural state. Eat a balance of plants (Swiss chard and Green tea etc.) and organic meats. Both have benefits that help with better health and increased life.
5) Eat Good Fats
When consuming meats, choose organic feed animals with good fats and healthy protein. Include fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
We think of Natural animal fat as bad. What’s the right way to think about it? Fat is not just for insulation and energy storage, it’s also for nutrient absorption, cell signaling, immune function, and many other critical processes.
6) Eat a rainbow of colors
Colored vegetables and fruits that are high in antioxidants. Enjoy eating these different colored superfoods every day.
Nature’s pigments are amazing at protecting plants and us humans! Each plant color offers a different health benefit and represents a group of nutrients.
7) Eat Carbohydrates correctly
They are super important in your healthy eating plan. Vegetables contain vegetable proteins, plant fats, and carbohydrates. Examples of carb veg are sweet potato and bell peppers to name a few. Don’t eat processed carbs (pasta, white bread), they are not health food.
Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. The fruit, vegetables, dairy, and grain food groups all contain good natural carbohydrates.
Your body gets nutrients from meat, however, it gets so much more from fresh fruits and veggies. It’s very important to get a variety as you don’t want to overload on some nutrients and leave others off, that’s not healthy eating.
Although these Rules seem easy, they are difficult to apply consistently in our daily health plan.
Know your foods and make informed decisions. Many factors conspire against us eating correctly. This includes big food corporations and pharmaceutical companies that promote and persist on you eating a high-carbohydrate and a highly-processed American diet.
This leads to the American midlife plague of underlying comorbidity illnesses such as diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure, infertility, impotence, and cancer. Eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle can keep you alive and feeling great as you age gracefully.