Nuts are a good snack choice. They are tasty. You can store them anywhere with no fridge required. They all have way less carbs compared to chips, M&Ms and crackers. Still, some nuts have more carbs than others. If you are really keeping a close watch on all carbs, even the carbs in nuts count. This graphic will help you choose the best. (I like cashews too...sorry)
Great article about organic junk food seller, Whole foods. buff.ly/1Rxt3Zg Same thing is true of Trader Joe's.
Whole, unprocessed food.
Food that has one single ingredient.
Food that probably doesn’t come in a box and doesn't need a Nutrition Facts label.
Food that probably did not stop in a factory.
Food you could buy from a farmer’s market – produce, meat, dairy, eggs, nuts… Real food is back-to-basics. It's not "NEW! or IMPROVED!"
Real food can be pulled off a plant, washed eaten. It can be fished or hunted and then grilled up. It's old old fashioned, old timey and traditional.
Real food may be alive with probiotics.
Real food. More fat.
As much as you want...
Meat, fish, seafood, and eggs.
Leafy greens, vegetables, and tart fruit.
Nuts, avocados, olives, and coconut.
Butter, olive oil, coconut oil, animal fat, cream, cheese, and full fat yogurt (some diets limit dairy to just butter!)
Dark chocolate for dessert !
Stick to whole foods as much as possible. Avoid food that has been heavily processed in a factory. If it comes in a box, that is not a good sign. If humans haven't been eating it for more than one hundred years, it is probably best to skip it.... yes, even if it is supposedly 'heart healthy.' So avoid all 'fat free' and 'low-fat' products. Avoid refined vegetable oils like corn, soy, cottonseed, and canola oil. No shortening like Crisco, either. Instead, enjoy real, natural fat. And real food -- veggies, meat, fruit (in moderation)... you know the drill.
In the year 1615 Galileo Galilei, an astronomer, proved through painstaking observation with the newly invented telescope and his own calculations that the Earth revolves around the Sun. He was called in front of the Roman Inquisition to answer to the charges of heresy. What appeared to be merely common sense was, none-the-less, proven untrue. The paradigm of the geocentric view of the universe came into conflict with cold scientific facts that, in fact, we live in a heliocentric solar system.
We now stand at a point where our current paradigm regarding the composition of a healthy diet is about to change. The common orthodox belief that eating fat makes people get fat has been proven false. But, the contemporary counterpart to the Roman Inquisition, the USDA Guidelines Writing Committee refuses to believe it. They are the group who judge what is orthodoxy and what is lunacy. The Guidelines writers have been making tiny revisions to the orthodox diet recommendations every 5 years since the 1980s. When faced with strong evidence to the contrary, they pretend not to notice and then continue along the same course. Under their watch, an obesity epidemic has blossomed. They got it wrong. They got it completely backwards. Last January they got a chance to reboot the Guidelines....and they blew it yet again.
It is time to stand up and say "The Emperor has no Clothes!" Its time to throw away the myth that all calories are the same, that exercising more and eating less will make skinny.
There are many courageous people who are now calling for change. Dr. Robert Lustig is leading the charge about sugar. Journalists Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz have written extensively about the sorry state of nutrition science and why our present fat-phobia is unfounded.
South African Professor Tim Noakes is perhaps the closest example of a modern day Galileo. After advising a low carb diet to a pregnant woman, the South African dietitians Association accused him of malpractice. His case is going through the court system presently. Dr Noakes fortunately has much science on his side.
Dr. Noakes is a legendary sports and exercise physiologist who is famous for popularizing carb-loading and inventing sports gels. Despite being a lifelong endurance athlete and following his own diet advise he discovered he was becoming diabetic and fat around his waist. Late into his career he bravely admitted that he had been wrong. He cured his diabetes and became a strong supporter of low carb and high fat diets. He literally tore pages out of his own textbook.
I find it is easy to convince people to avoid carbs. More difficult is convincing people to eat more fat. That is my mission. Read more in the book: Eat Fat, Get Thin. See my earlier blog entry for the link.
Cancer cells favorite food is glucose. Traditional peoples who eat very little glucose rarely get cancer. Perhaps a ketogenic diet may starve cancer cells. Check out this article from NPR.
Eric Sodicoff MD
Member: Obesity medince Association