There are a lot of harmful food products out there, but on the flip side, there are a lot of nourishing and delicious foods too. If you commit to putting only whole, real foods in your body, you’ll experience just how good you were created to feel (and look)! The main foods you should base your diet off of are:
There are roughly about 7500 different types of apples and 1600 types of bananas alone. The variety is endless! Fruit can be eaten alone, added to salads, smoothies and they’re great as toppings on other foods. Dried fruit is delicious paired with a handful of nuts. The options are endless, just stay away from fruit with added sugar, food coloring or sulfites. Fresh and frozen fruit have more enzymes and vitamins than dried fruit, so when eating dried fruit, look at the ratios and make portions smaller to eliminate extra sugar.
Nuts and Seeds
There is only one “nut” to avoid, peanuts. Technically, they’re not a nut and contain mold and afflotoxins, which are highly inflammatory. However, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and many more are still on the menu. There’s so many different kinds of nuts and seeds- so eat up!
Almonds are a great source of calcium and high in vitamin E; which translates to strong bones and good-looking skin. When you can, eat whole almonds because the skin is full of heart-protecting compounds called flavonoids.
Cashews are packed full of protein and minerals, like iron and zinc. They're also rich in magnesium, which is thought to improve age-related memory loss. Add a handful to your favorite stir-fry, salad or grind them up into nut butter (or just eat a handful).
Macadamias have one of the highest fat contents so they’re great for curbing cravings. They're a rich source of fiber and minerals including magnesium, calcium and potassium. They work well in both savory and sweet recipes. Buy in small batches and store in the fridge to avoid rancidity.
Walnuts have superior antioxidant content which means walnuts are useful in the fight against cancer. They're also a good source of mono-unsaturated, heart-friendly fats, and studies show they help to lower the bad form of cholesterol (LDL). Finally, they're rich in omega-3.
Pistachios are rich in vitamin B6, which is important for keeping hormones balanced and healthy. They’re a good option for those with problem periods. They're the only nut to contain reasonable levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that play an important role in protecting the eyes. Pistachios also contain potassium and fiber - in fact a 30g serving has more than three times that supplied by the equivalent weight of plums.
For the most part, meat can be eaten without restriction. Books like: Eat Eat, Get Thin, Eating for Life, Fat Fast and Fat Myths are all books that are enlightening on the myths and misconceptions concerning fat consumption. Bottom line, fats don’t make you fat, sugar makes you fat. Eat organic grass-fed beef, organic chicken, organic lamb, wild-caught fish and buffalo. What about pork? You can have pork but I would recommend minimizing it and making sure it’s nitrate free. Pork is harder to digest and has a list of potential negative reactions within the body.
Vegetables are limitless- have as many as you want, whenever you want! They’re full of fiber and enzymes, which help keep you full and move things along in your digestive tract. Raw vegetables are the most nutrient dense, then sautéed and cooked. A good rule of thumb is to fill 70% of your plate with vegetables at every meal.
Salads are a great way to incorporate a variety of vegetables into your diet. Just make sure to use a homemade salad dressing or Primal Kitchen has a great line of salad dressings.
Focus on the foods you can have- there’s a ton of them! If you follow these dietary recommendations you’ll change how you feel and easily achieve your weight loss goals. Most importantly, your body will naturally detox out toxins, inflammatory build up and your metabolism will reset. It's worth it, heck, you're worth it!