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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Organic soy-mince as a tasty, healthy and planet-friendly meat substitute.
- The highly versatile and very healthy green-bean.
- The general mixed bag of unsalted nuts/dried fruit – another one of nature’s great snacking gifts to us.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- South African Rooibos tea – a herbal tea with similar great health benefits to green tea, just much tastier (IMHO).
- Salt and sugar in moderation.
- The healthy fats in olive oil.
- Delicious and heart-healthy salmon.
- 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.