We live in a complex world these days and with all the concerns about food quality, environmental toxins, and sedentary lifestyles, it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight, and it is more important than ever to make smart choices.
We need a new strategy for trimming our weight down and maintaining ideal body shape, one that copes with the varied challenges of modern life. Our goal should be to develop a straightforward, top-to-bottom plan to get us going in the right general direction. Reducing the complexity ensures we are at very least on the proper path to health and longevity. You can fine tune it and personalize it along the way.
NOTE: Make sure you check with your doctor before making any significant lifestyle changes.
Let’s start by breaking the strategy into 2 areas: Food Choices and Lifestyle Choices.
Dr Weston A. Price, a leading health researcher studying world societies and their nature-based versus modern diets, concluded unequivocally that human degenerative diseases were fundamentally a nutritional problem (Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.)
Let’s set some basic rules to get us on track, some dietary & nutritional guidelines for maintaining good health and body weight.
We need to make a simplified plan for what we can and cannot include in our diet. Being educated and prepared ahead of time so you make good choices for food is central to both body weight management and health in general.
This is meant as a broad plan for success, and not 三高營養師 meant to be all encompassing, but it gives you a good start to living right for the 21st century.
Food that is bad for weight control –
This is pretty obvious even if challenging. The foods which should be drastically curtailed or altogether avoided are:
Ø High-fat foods such as butter, cheese, chocolates, cream, ice-cream, fat meats, fried foods, many sauces and gravies. Almond milk is a great replacement for dairy milk. (Low-fat, high-protein foods, and low-carb foods are the best choice.)
Ø High carbohydrate & sugar-based foods like bread, candy and refined sugar, cake, cookies, sugared cereal products, potatoes, honey, syrups, soda, alcoholic drinks, and the like. Especially limit all foods and beverages that are high in sugars and all high-fructose syrups. Also watch to avoid sugar alcohols in diet foods which cause bloating.
Ø Processed, preservative, and refined foods. (Eat as much raw food as you can. See Below.)
Ø Sodium. Many processed foods are high in sodium and low in fiber, both of which can contribute to bloating. Look on the labels to check that any meal has less than 500 mg of sodium per serving (2300mg per day.)
Ø Genetically modified organisms. (GMO’s) The same corporations that said DDT and Agent Orange were safe have now put millions of dollars into the campaign against our right to know what’s in our food. Look for and stay clear of these foods.