6 Eating Commandments You Must Follow Today for Health & Happiness
If there is one thing I know, it’s this: Proper eating habits are THE MOST important part of getting a leaner, more athletic looking body. Hands DOWN.
Knowing that, let’s get down to business. Today I’m going to break down your eating strategy into 6 easy to follow guidelines.
If you follow these guidelines when eating food just 80% of the time, you will probably lose start losing weight and feeling healthier within a month.
Guideline #1: Eat REAL Foods + The Color Test
Next time you’re about to put something in your mouth, take a second and think:
“Is this white? Or is it made with an ingredient that is white?”
The key to health? Taste the rainbow. The more REAL color food has (inside and out),
often the more nutrients it has.
Good Things to Eat:
- Lean meats (i.e. Salmon, Lamb, Buffalo)
- Fruit & Veggies (i.e. artichokes, carrots, beets)
- Whole Grains (mostly gluten free, low on starch- i.e. red couscous, black rice, barley, etc.)
- Lentils (i.e. Chick peas, Kidney Beans)
- Lots of Spices & Condiments for taste (i.e. Mustard, Paprika, Salsa, etc.)
- Healthy fats & oils (i.e. avocados, olives, etc.)
Not So Good Things to Eat:
- Bleached white flour
- White Rice
*Note: There are a few exceptions to this rule: coconut oil, cauliflower, oatmeal, fish (scallops, swordfish, etc.) and lean white Turkey and Chicken meat are awesome. For a more detailed list of good, healthy foods to eat, email me. I’ll send you my master grocery list.
Guideline #2: Read Labels- If You Can’t Pronounce It, Don’t Eat It
When we evolved as humans hundreds of years ago, we ate food from the earth that was free of strange things like growth hormones, herbicides, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, trans fat, and other the unnatural things we are exposed to today.
Once you start reading food labels, you will find yourself horrified by the amount of corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and other poisonous ingredients manufacturers put in our food. It may take some hunting to find a tomato sauce without sugar and corn syrup in it, but it is worth your time.
A great way to make sure you’re buying the right foods, is when you enter the grocery store, first walk the whole perimeter of the store, where there are fresh veggies, and meats, before proceeding to the center aisles.
Eat real, whole foods with ingredients you can pronounce.
Guideline #3: Start Every Day Right- With a Protein Shake
I am so dead-serious about this rule, that when I travel, I pack my blender with me.
Maybe you don’t have to go that extreme. Eating a little bit of protein when you wake up will go a long way- keeping your blood sugar steady all day.
I take it one step further and pack my morning protein shakes with nutrients that have cleansing benefits. It’s pretty much my #1 get-healthy-quick secret.
If you’d like to try it out, click here for the recipe.
Guideline #4: Avoid Fried Foods
This goes double for foods that are deep-fried and/ or breaded. Braise, Broil, Steam, Bake, Grill, Roast, Sautee, and Steam but try not to fry your food. Reheat your food in a pan (not aluminum) instead of the microwave if you can. When grilling, use safe oils like avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil when heating your foods in a pan.
Guideline #5: Avoid Alcohol, Drugs, & Stimulants
It is best to avoid stimulants altogether, including coffee, salt, alcohol, sugar, soft drinks, cigarettes, and other social drugs.
Some people think smoking causes weight-loss as an appetite suppressant. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It contributes toxins to your body that causes you to bloat and gain weight.
These types of foods and stimulants cause your blood sugar to spike high and then crash like a roller-coaster off its tracks, which can lead to hypoglycemia, diabetes, adrenal exhaustion, weight gain, and more.
If you must drink, drink white or red wines, in the dry variety. Limit drinking to 2 glasses, twice a week.
Alcohol mostly consists of sugar. Even worse, it lowers your inhibitions, causing you to make bad eating decisions. Because alcohol is a form of poison, it causes your body to crave food in effort to absorb the alcohol, causing you to overeat.
While you’re at it, I also suggest avoiding juice as well. Drinking calories (especially drinks with fructose) is pretty much suicide for any serious weight loss attempt.
Guideline #6: Forgive Yourself & Have a Safety Plan
Life, and food, are meant to be enjoyed. As long as we’re not cro-magnons hunting bison and foraging for berries in the wild, eating perfect 100% of the time isn’t always possible.
If you have a moment of weakness, forgive yourself immediately, and keep trying. One mistake won’t ruin it all. Don’t give up and punish yourself.
If you follow the diet rules above, at least 80% of the time, you will be well on the right path.
If you find yourself unable to live without some bad foods, set a ‘Cheat Meal’ in your calendar, to allow yourself 1 indulgent meal every 2 weeks. I’ll talk about that more soon in another post.
I hope these guidelines carry you through a healthy and long-lasting life.