A Healthy, Whole Food Diet
The Gateway to Real, True Health
Eat a whole food diet for a longer, healthier life. No fads, gimmicks, or tricks. Just a time-tested, natural path to more energy, healthy weight loss, and real, true health.
Welcome to the hundredth version of this article.
As I sit here trying to explain the whole food diet, I realize, there's just not much to write about it.
Because it's so simple.
It's really just common sense. It's just that common sense has become so very UNcommon.
What IS the Whole Food Diet?
The whole food diet is not a "diet" that you "go on" for a little bit, and then quit and return to your previous eating habits.
It's a way of life that you will not want to stop living.
It's a permanent health boost:
- Boundless energy
- Reach a healthy weight
- Fight and prevent disease
- Clear thinking
- Beautiful skin and hair
It's the easiest healthy eating plan to remember, and the one that makes the most sense. It's stood the test of time and is safe and effective for people of all ages.
The whole food diet is eating whole foods in their most natural, unprocessed state. In fact, some people call it the natural foods diet.
Others call it the real food diet. They consider many American standards, like commercial breads and cereals, to be "fake" foods, or "Frankenfoods" (you know, like Frankenstein) because they're manufactured in a chemistry lab and not found anywhere in nature. To their way of thinking, the foods provided by nature are real foods, and chemistry experiments are fake foods not fit for human consumption.
What are Whole Foods?
I think Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser sums it up quite nicely:
If it doesn't come out of the ground, and it didn't have a mother, don't put it in your mouth.
- Jillian Michaels
Whole foods are foods provided by nature, both plant and animal, cooked or uncooked, that have not been commercially processed.
Examples of Whole Foods
- Raw dairy (NOT pasteurized!)
Health Benefits of a Whole Food Diet
Improve Your Health
What's important to you?
Do you want to reduce your risk for diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or cancer? Or do you already have one and want to "manage" it or even try to cure it? Are you overweight and fighting obesity?
No matter what health benefits you want to achieve ...
No matter what your current health status is ...
Eating a whole food diet is the single, most important thing you can do to improve your health.
Now, you could take some kind of medication or supplement to try to get your desired health benefits. You might achieve it, but you will probably also produce some kind of undesired side effect.
For example, you may take statin drugs to lower your cholesterol, but they can also cause kidney failure, muscle weakness, and cataracts.
However, a healthy whole food diet naturally lowers your cholesterol without the unintended side effects.
It's not about treating a symptom or two. It's about being healthy.
To be healthy, you have to do what's healthy for you. For something to be classified as a medicine, it has to be able to kill you. That's not healthy.
More Health Benefits of the Whole Food Diet: Well-rounded Nutrition
Have you ever wondered why nutritional recommendations change all the time? It's because we don't know everything about nutrition. We're still learning.
Eating natural, whole foods provides more than just the vitamins and minerals we know about. It also provides nutritional components we have yet to discover that work together synergistically in a way that can only be provided by nature.
You can't get that from synthetic vitamin supplements or fortified processed foods.
In fact, sometimes taking vitamin supplements can actually harm your health.
For example, calcium-rich foods can reduce your risk for kidney stones. You want to reduce your risk for kidney stones, so you think, "Not only will I eat lots of calcium-rich foods, but I'll also take calcium supplements to reduce my risk even more."
Taking calcium supplements actually increases your risk for kidney stones.
Why? I don't know. Maybe it's a combination of calcium and some other nutrient commonly found in calcium-rich foods that's actually responsible for lowering the risk of kidney stones. Maybe it's not the calcium at all. Maybe it's something else in the calcium-rich foods that we don't even know about. Or, maybe it's that the calcium in supplements isn't in its natural state.
Who knows? Not me. But the point is that whole foods in their natural state offer complete nutrition that you just can't get from synthetic vitamins.
Stop settling for a fake simulation of health, and start demanding real, true health that lasts a lifetime!
Getting Started on a Whole Food Diet
It's easy to start your whole food diet today!
Some people start by choosing one new healthy recipe to try each week. As you find healthy recipes you like, remove old, unhealthy meals from your menu. Before long, you will have a menu full of healthy, whole foods.
Others quit processed foods cold-turkey. Don't worry about recipes at first. Just pick up an apple and eat it. Or put together salads. Or cook up some steak or chicken. You can add recipes as you go.
Me? I'm a cold turkey kind of gal. It makes it less tempting for me to fall back into bad habits. For my family, I have to ease them into it gradually.
If your family members cry bloody murder at the suggestion of eating healthy, try doing what I do: just don't tell them you're switching them over to a whole food diet.
I just quietly go about trying new recipes like I always have, but now, they're all whole food recipes. My family doesn't even realize it, and they love it just as much as the unhealthy recipes that I used to try!
Every once in a while, someone says something like, "You know, we haven't had hot dogs in a while."
Bwahahahaha ... my evil plan is working!
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