In honor of Heart Health month in February, Weld Family Clinic will host a Heart Health Class on February 22nd at 6:15pm. We’ll be discussing the important role cholesterol plays in the health of your brain and the dangers of cholesterol-lowering medications like “statins”. Join us!More
When it comes to nutrition, the more simple we can make the rules, the easier it will be to plan meals. In this article, I’ll lay out my 5 rules for healthy eating in simple terms so you can begin to enjoy better health.
Nutrition Rule #1: Eat more of the stuff God made, more the way he made it.
If it grows out of the ground or eats stuff that grows out of the ground, go ahead and eat it. There are caveats to this that will be addressed later in this article.
Nutrition Rule #2: If it is in a box, package or has an expiration date more than 15 days from now, don’t eat it.
This is not food, it’s a food-like product that’s been processed, modified and laden with chemicals that make it look, smell and taste good, but it will slowly poison you. Processed foods are the #1 cause of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and most other diseases that have exploded over the past 3 decades. (This is a caveat to Rule #1 – many food products have healthy-sounding ingredients in them but they are not good for you)
Nutrition Rule #3: If it won’t rot, mold or go stale on the counter in 5 days, don’t eat it.
Refer to Rule #2 on this one. Most of the products that pass will also pass this rule. Food is alive. Food-like products are not.
Nutrition Rule #4: Eat most of your carbohydrates in the morning.
Carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. They are sources of quick energy and if they are unused by your body’s activities, they will be put into long-term storage (fat).
***Major caveat to all of the rules listed above: Avoid wheat at all costs – even whole wheat. There isn’t time to go into all the details on this, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. If you want to know why, read Wheat Belly by William Davis, M.D.
Nutrition Rule #5: Eat more fat, especially in the evening
Yes, I said eat MORE fat. Make sure, however, that it’s good fat. The best sources of fat you can get are nuts like cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans; olive oil; and the king of all fats – coconut oil. The health benefits of coconut oil are too numerous to list in a short article like this, but for starters it’s heat stable for cooking and the medium chain triglycerides can be used as an instant energy source for your nervous system. The lauric acid present in coconut oil has also been shown to be an important immune system modulator. All 70,000,000,000,000 of your cells are surrounded by a double layer of fat. If you don’t eat fat, your body can’t make new cells and if you eat bad fat, your body will make cells out of the junk fat and you’ll be made of crappy cells.
I hope you’ve learned at least one new thing by reading this. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect to start, but you have to start to be perfect. To learn more about a healthy lifestyle visit: http://www.weldfamilyclinic.com