But, WHAT do you eat?
When people hear about the modifications that I have chosen to make to my eating lifestyle (over time), they remark “WHAT DO YOU EAT?!”
Tons of Veggies, Quality Meats and Eggs (grass-fed, free range, organic, wild-caught), and some fruits. I simplify. I use 3-5 ingredients, a few herbs, and Himalayan sea salt and black pepper (not related to night shades). I try and create a quality healthful meal that stimulates my palate and my eyes. I love eating.
AND I avoid (well try to avoid, as often as possible):
Soy (all forms, including soybean oil)
Wheat / Gluten (in food and body care products)
Nightshades: Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplant
Dairy (well, I added in soft cheeses on occasion, for brain health)
Grains and Legumes (yep, I know.)
Seed Oils (these are in about everything)
Mostly, I wander the grocery store and feel like an alien. There are aisles dedicated to items that I think of as toxic (bread, chips, cookies/candy, pop). I shop bulk nuts (raw), organic produce, and healthy meats.
I read all labels. I replace grains and flour with nuts and nut meals for baking. I buy nut butters that do not have oil. I go out of my way to purchase soy-free products, mayonnaise in particular (which means I buy this in a different town). I try and avoid anything that has added sugar (or agave, or honey, or maple syrup).
I have replaced my commercial chemically laden creamer with full fat coconut milk, which I blend and refrigerate. For the longest time that was my last hold out. In April of 2017, I decided to really reduce added sugar, and the creamer had to go. Wa. Woh. Two months after that shift, I am finally settling into the new taste of my morning joe, and all is right with the world.
But look at these glorious photos, I hardly suffer.
For me it is about the nutritional science. I choose to eat healthy foods in order to decrease inflammation in my gut, so that my body will be in a vibrant state of health, naturally burn fat, and not overstimulate insulin production, which enhances brain health and longevity. I’d like to live to a ripe old age with all of my wits and memories, and the ability to hike Machu Picchu at the age of 80 thank you very much!
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