Eat SmartStep 1
You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that what you eat affects how you feel. Your food is your fuel, and the kind of fuel you consume affects how well your body runs. Eat junk fuel, get junk results. Eat healthy fuel, get healthy results. Unfortunately, much of what we were taught about healthy eating was dead wrong. Ready for some myth-busting?
|Carbohydrates should form the foundation of your diet.||Certain carbohydrates, such as grains, pasta, breads, and processed foods, are difficult for many people to metabolize, especially as they get older, so these types of carbs should be eaten in condiment-sized portions or avoided altogether. You can get all the carbs you need from veggies and low-sugar fruits.|
|Meat is bad for you.||Processed meat is bad for you, but sensible portions of organic, grass-fed, uncured meat have a place in a healthy diet.|
|Fat is even worse for you.||Good fats are an essential part of healthy eating! In fact, low-fat diets raise the risk of early death by almost one quarter.|
|Saturated fat causes heart disease.||Actually, research shows there’s no link between the two. The latest thinking is that sugar causes heart disease.|
|Only people with Celiac disease need to worry about gluten.||Even if you don’t have Celiac disease (the complete inability to digest gluten), you may still be sensitive to it.|
What should you eat?
When it comes to overall health and weight management, a low-carb, moderate-protein, high-good-fat approach to eating works very well for most people.
7 simple rules for healthy eating
- Eat a good solid meal in the morning to minimize snacking throughout the day. (Hint: a souped up Power shake counts!)
- Fill half your plate with vegetables at every meal.
- Eat a palm-sized portion of protein at every meal.
- Minimize your fruit intake, as fruit destabilizes your blood sugar.
- Liberally eat good fats (avocadoes are great!) in your meals and in cooking.
- When you think snack, think fat plus protein (like nuts or eggs). Limit the serving size to the cupped palm of your hand.
- Give your body periods of rest from eating: avoid daytime grazing and don’t eat anything after dinner.