For the next few weeks, each Monday is a new series called "How I Eat." Last Monday I gave you an overview of my food journey. If you didn't get a chance to read it, I urge you to go back and read it. It will help you to understand the context of today's edition. I wrote seven different points last week and I'll cover them in the coming weeks. Today I will talk about what I DO eat and DON'T eat. And try to answer the questions that you might have as you are reading.
First a few beliefs I have about food and our body.
1) Our body was made by God (1 Cor 6:19) and we should take care of it (personal responsibility)
2) If we have the ability/option to eat real food, we should
3) Our food supply/system has been drastically modified (no pun intended)
4) The majority of us don't know where our food comes from, how it grows or how to gets to our plate
5) Our relationship with food is because something happened to us (negative or positive) VS starting with the earth (see point 4)
6) We misuse various terms like: "in moderation," "I earned it," "occasionally," "my reward"
7) Our body ages and with it, comes challenges that we can either ignore or take positive steps to help improve
What I Do Eat/Drink
- Fresh veggies (organic where/when possible)
- Fresh fruit (organic where/when possible)
- Nuts (and occasional nut milk/cheese)
- Meat/fish (organic, nitrate-free, farm raised)
- Earth based supplements (hemp hearts, brewers yeast, chia seeds, flax seed oil, etc)
- Water (herbal tea on occasion)
- Grains (beans, rice, wheat, corn, oats, etc)
- Juice, coffee, alcohol, milk, sports drinks,
- Pasta, bread, cereal,
- Most canned, boxed, packaged food
Since you read part 1 of this series you know that I have autoimmune issues and by eliminating grains+dairy a few years, I feel MUCH better.
Common Question: But how can you do endurance sports (ultra running/cycling) without carbs?
Scientific Answer: Carbs make your blood sugar rise (blood glucose) and causes our insulin to rise, taking sugar out of the blood and turning it to fat. High insulin can cause diabetes and heart disease.
Why I currently don't eat carbs: because of the scientific answer above, when your blood sugar spikes, you create a yo-yo affect in your body and it goes from 1 to 100 to 1 to 100, etc throughout the day. So by eliminating traditional carbs, I don't have that daily spike effect. Which is why I stopped having steel cut oats for breakfast and now eat eggs, at least five to eight veggies for breakfast. I also don't feel sick/nauseous/etc. A HUGE benefit!
Why my opinion is that others should consider reducing or eliminating "carbs". You might not have high insulin, but perhaps you feel sluggish during the day, get headaches, moody, etc. A few things. First, you'll probably not drinking enough water & too much caffeine. Second, too many processed carbs- white bread, pasta, cookies, cake, crackers, etc. If people stopped eating crap, processed junk (carbs), I would bet you that people would healing their bodies and feeling fantastic. **Note: to clarify carbs, white bread, white pasta, donuts, crackers, white rice, etc are all unhealthy carbs. Better carbs include 100 % brown rice, 100% whole wheat carbs. If you want to eat carbs, just make sure they are the right ones.
Eat the right food and you'll get everything you need (minerals, vitamins, fiber, protein, carbs, etc).
Common question: but you eliminated food groups (grains & dairy).
Answer: Yep. Sure did. Remember the points I made above and in last week's article? Our food is not the same as it was 50, 100 years ago. A lot of our grains (corn especially) are genetically made. So it's not true corn. Our bodies were not designed to eat fake food and chemicals.
Common question: why no dairy?
Answer: this answer deserves a whole post in of itself. A few basics reasons.
1) People are consuming way too much dairy
2) Why do you think more and more people are becoming lactose intolerant? And if you are lactose intolerant, take medicine to cover up the problem instead of addressing it.
3) I believe dairy milk was meant for baby calves vs. humans (what other mammal species do we cross-mix? Example: pigs and dogs). It. Just. Dosen't. Make. Sense.
4) Vitamin D is added. This is a big one. We get Vitamin D primarily through the sun. A pure, natural source.
5) All the calcium your body needs can be found in spinach, collards, blackstrap molasses, broccoli ...
#6) If people do want to consume dairy, they should buy organic, non-processed milk (and cheese).
Those are a few of my opinions, based on research, learning and personal experiences. Will I have an occasional (occasional meaning one to two times a month) cookie or a slice of birthday cake or pasta in Italy or a Cookie Dough Brownie after running 100 miles? Sure. Life is about healthy balance. If I'm a third world country and am served grains, will I eat it? Yes. That is what they have and I will be grateful that they are sharing their limited supply with me.
But the core seven foods I listed above are what I eat (and drink) and believe that real food is where healthy begins.
Next week we'll talk about the different meals I make, what carbs I do eat, and tackle point #6 above. Don't miss it!
peace, sweat, love: life