With all the information out there today, it is easy to get confused with what to believe and what to dismiss. Especially in the fitness industry, overcomplicating something is very easy to do. There are thousands of different workouts to choose from, hundreds of diets, and “add ons” that can help you get in shape.
For me, I like to keep things simple. Exercises that are proven to work, foods that have been healthy for the human body for thousands of years, and “add ons” that are simple to incorporate into your everyday life.
Today I would like to go over three very simple rules to eating incredibly healthy foods when trying to get and stay fit. Following the three rules below will start helping you feel better immediately and set you up for lifelong health:
1. One ingredient.
With thousands of foods to choose from, how can one know what is healthy and what is not? A good rule of thumb is the ‘one ingredient rule.’ Foods that contain one ingredient are foods that have not been processed or tampered with (most of the time). This means no added preservatives or chemicals or artificial sweeteners.
Foods that include one ingredient would be:
- Animals (chicken, beef, eggs, wild game, …)
- Fish (wild caught)
- Fruits and vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Select cooking oils (coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil to name a few)
- Butters (grass fed butter, almond butter, …)
Eating the majority of your meals containing the foods above, and eating lots of them, will really help boost your energy levels and bring great health. A few other one ingredient foods you can add in are:
- oats (steel cut)
- corn tortillas
- yogurt (full fat)
2. Natural and real.
Try to eat foods that come from their most natural state. With the mass production of food in the United States, food companies speed up the process in unnatural ways. For example:
- Fruits and vegetables get sprayed with chemicals to make them grow faster and stay fresh longer.
- Animals are force fed (most times with food they do not want to eat) to make them grow quicker. They are also stuffed into cages and crowded pens so the food companies can produce more “inventory.” These are highly stressful environments for these animals and it has a huge affect on their quality when we eat them.
Instead of buying the mass marketed products, look for products that come from their most natural state:
- Fruits and vegetables: try buying from farmers markets or buy local produce.
- Animal products: buy grass fed and free range meats. Buy wild caught fish instead of farm raised. Buy free range, organic eggs.
Just making this slight adjustment in the quality of the foods you buy, you will start seeing a big turn around in your health. You will pay a little more in price upfront, but you will benefit from it greatly in the future.
3. Wide variety.
The best way to eat healthy is to try new foods and keep things switched up. Throw in some different kinds of fish once a week or try some liver or pork belly. Doing this will make eating healthy much more fun and because you are buying high quality foods, your body will continue to see the benefit.
Food is meant to be enjoyed and it is meant to give you energy and keep you healthy. The above rules are what you should follow the majority of the time when eating, however you must step out every once in a while.
The reason most diets fail is because they are too restrictive on the amount of food and the kind of foods you can eat. The truth is, if you are eating the right foods, you should always eat when you are hungry and until you are full.
You should then be sure to eat some junk food every single week! There are two options on how to do this:
By doing this, you allow freedom in your nutrition plan. You get the best of both worlds: you get to eat delicious healthy foods and can eat junk foods at strategic times.
There is truly no reason you should cut out all junk food in your life. When done right, eating junk food can help keep you healthy and can help you burn even more fat (see how).
If you want to start changing your health, following these three simple rules (four including the bonus) is a great place to start!
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