Nutrition example: Healthy food

We have this weird public belief that there exists an inverse relationship between the taste and healthfulness of food. And we have another weird public belief that the road to a healthy bodyweight is paved with self-deprivation and limp, overcooked vegetables. Geez… no wonder 2 out of every 3 people are overweight.

Personally, I never deprive myself. I also never eat stuff I don’t like. But still, I never gain weight and I never will. There is a simple reason for this: the environment I function in every day contains only whole, nutrient-dense foods (to be discussed here) and lots of automatic and fun exercise (which we will get to later on).

Let’s take a look at some of these foods as an example.

Vegetables:

  • All forms of green vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables like spinach and lettuce.
  • Various other vegetables like delicious baby carrots, nutrient-filled sweet potato and the great flavor/health combo brought by onions and garlic.

Fruit:

  • Any fruit that is in season. Fruit truly is nature’s guilt-free snacking gift to us.
  • Lots of avocado – a very versatile and delicious fruit with a massive list of health benefits.
  • Lots of kiwi-fruit – a truly delicious source of that famous nutrient, Vitamin C.
  • Many dried fruits, especially apricot – another absolutely delicious fruit with many health benefits.

Beans:

  • Organic soy-mince as a tasty, healthy and planet-friendly meat substitute.
  • The highly versatile and very healthy green-bean.

Nuts:

  • The general mixed bag of unsalted nuts/dried fruit – another one of nature’s great snacking gifts to us.

Seeds:

  • Hemp seed and hemp-seed flour. Many sources claim this to be the most complete superfood on Earth.
  • Many other healthy and delicious seeds stocked by the local health-food store.

Berries:

  • Blueberries and blueberry yoghurt. A truly delicious and highly concentrated souce of anti-oxidants.
  • Many other delicious nutrient-rich berries such as strawberries, raspberries and cranberries.

Grains:

  • Only whole grain bread and flower, avoiding any of that adulterated bleached white stuff like the pest it is.
  • The health and convenience brought by muesli and oats.
  • Oat milk as a very healthy and planet friendly milk substitute.
  • Some high-fiber cereal and biscuits.
Herbs:
  • South African Rooibos tea – a herbal tea with similar great health benefits to green tea, just much tastier (IMHO).

Flavoring:

  • Salt and sugar in moderation.
  • The healthy fats in olive oil.

Fish:

  • Delicious and heart-healthy salmon.

Animal products:

  • Meat only on special occasions.
  • Yogurt – a healthy, delicious and versatile source of friendly bacterial cultures.
  • Eggs only when the recipe demands it.

So, there you go. My experience is that one can eat these foods at will and still maintain a healthy weight. If you live your life in an environment totally devoid of refined sugars, refined grains, fast-food and meat products, it really becomes quite a challenge to gain weight. And, as you can hopefully see, there certainly is no shortage of variety or taste. Really, the only thing standing between you and a healthy whole-foods diet is our self-destructive cultural conditioning. 

7 thoughts on “Nutrition example: Healthy food”

    1. The link you gave seems to go back here, but I assume you talk about GM and highly processed soy products? I probably should have mentioned it in this post, but will mention it later: I always make very sure that the soy products I buy are as organic as at all possible and have been processed with minimal additives. This makes it more expensive, but it is certainly worth it.

      I get most of my specific food information from this site: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=79. I trust their research and their advice is working very well for me at the moment.

      I have never tried sesame oil, but I am OK with the flavor of olive oil.

      1. Thanks, it was a rather interesting read. I was not aware of the large general outcry against soy products, even non-GM, whole food varieties which are not fermented. Again, it seems like these products are OK in moderation, but can have adverse effects when consumed in excess. In western, meat-based diets for example, someone might think he is doing well by replacing massive meat consumption with massive soy consumption, but end up trading one set of potential diseases for another.

        I’ll experiment with some ways in which to reduce my soy intake and let you know what I find. Thanks for the advice 🙂

  1. This pyramid is different than the US FDA food pyramid….rather, it is now a food plate. The entirety of the US food consumption infuriates me to no end. It’s frustrating to hear friends say that they cannot go without eating meat when there are so many delicious ways to eat without meat being 80% of the meal (no i’m not a vegetarian/vegan; although, most of my meals are plant-based). Also, the general mind-set (and i suspect most of the US) is that meat is consumed for every meal everyday.

    My point I am trying to make about your posted pyramid is that I don’t believe most Americans (generalizing here) know how to make meals with this pyramid in mind. Also, if someone wants to move from the cheaper grocery stores to a farmer’s market/organic shop, they will be shocked at the prices as well.

    There is a local organic grocery store where I shop. I overheard a woman say, “why is everthing so expensive?!” When most of America is used to spending .99 USD on a loaf of bread and 2.50 USD on a gallon of milk to go to spending 5.00 USD for a loaf of bread to 5.50 USD for a half gallon of whole organic milk (for unpasturized, farmers market milk it is 8.00USD for a pint) it is quite difficult. HOWEVER, if one were to know HOW to make meals with whole foods and to not eat 4 serving sizes for one person…we may be in business. I’ve observed people spend .99 cents on a load of bread then they eat a loaf a day. So after a week they end up spending 5.00 dollars. Whereas if they were to buy the organic whole seed loaf for 5.00, eat a slice or two a day…. this would last them for a week.

    I don’t know how to move forward with this information, but I need to think about this indeed.

    Also, the pyramid shows a tomato in the veggie section. ;-P

    1. Hehe… Well, I suppose that we can forgive the tomato error since the rest of the pyramid is so full of wisdom 🙂

      But you make some very good points, all of which this blog tries to address directly. Most posts I write are about protecting yourself from the toxic environment we live in today with all of its junk food, government meat subsidies, sedentary jobs and sedentary leisure activities. Living a healthy life in this environment is all but impossible.

      Learning a few quick and easy recipes is an essential part of the healthy environment constructed on this blog. And yes, the whole idea of saving a few dollars on cheap food today and bankrupting yourself, your family and your country later when you are struck down by degenerative disease is just not very smart. But again, this is enforced by the environment we live in with its money obsession and socialistic healthcare policies.

      And yes, the FDA is a disaster from start to finish. People should not pay attention to anything they produce. Grab some healthy snacks and take a look at this documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VibVIRsHnI0. It gives some very important perspective…

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