A Healthy Diet

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Hello, I just want to ask you if you know a good book about healthy diets.
I realized some food works better for me than other but Im kind of clueless on how to replace sugar, white bread, milk, etc. It seems as if everything I eat is processed food and Im starting to notice that it is making me slightly tired.
Yesterday , for example, I drank orange juice and I felt better inmediatly as If I was missing some vital nutrient.
I read somewhere in this page a name of a book but I forgot it. If anyone could help me, it would be really good! Thanks.

@emersion - I read the guy

@emersion - I read the guy and I agree with his concept (primal) but I think he cheats on his concept at times.

e.g. On his blog I noticed he said 'lean' meats are ok . My question is- if you are going truly primal, why just 'lean'? Just because some people say fat is bad ? Then you are not going primal at all.

It's a myth that fat is bad for you. IMO fats provided in natural food such as steak etc are fine but not that fats in donuts,twinkies.

Science will catch up with nature eventually, but it will take time. If you notice, a few decades back fat was culprit. Then they said some unsaturated fats are good.More recently trans fats have become the culprit etc etc . SImilar story with carbs.

Bottomline is protein,fat, carbs ....it's all good for you as long as it's given to us in natural form.

Thanks for the link but...

What is your experience with this diet? Maybe Im just judging too quickly but when I read the "start here" page it kinda felt like those tv advertisements that try to sell you something which requieres nothing from your part to make the change you want. I dont mean to disrespect.

Balanced Diet

I forgot to mention that Im looking for a balanced diet not a diet for weight loss. Im still growing up and I run a lot during the week so I cant go paleo. As matter of fact, Im looking for good sources of quality carbs.
Thanks anyway.

I liked it

It is very well written and I agree on lot of things.

In my opinion, junk food and paleo diets are two extremes, neither of them are healthy and Im saying this with my own experience. When I went paleo last year I lost muscle mass and also I felt weak all the time. Yes, I also felt good, maybe more balanced, but I had the constant feeling I was becoming less manly. Maybe it has to do with less testosterone. So I like the enfasis you put on eating a little of everything and avoiding processed food.

Today I bought, corn and integral rice and bead. The first thing I noticed was that it tasted much better (the bread). Seriously, since I began rebooting, white bread tastes, excuse the word, like sh*t.
I also noticed Im not even slightly tired and Im not hungry all the time. Ive been eating a LOT of food lately, hamburguers, milk shakes, sandwitches, chocolate, chips, meat, vegetables, sugar and nothing seems to satisfy me. Im lucky my body metabolizes food really quiclky so I dont gain fat but Im also not growing much given the fact Im eating like a bodybuilder and Im not even going to the gym.

So, there is an obvious deficiency in the food we normally eat and think it has something to do with the energy. You know the word "chi"? Its the life force according to chinese medicine and it is everywhere. We, humans, incorporate chi to our bodies with food. The reason why processed food is so bad is beacause it is "lifeless food". It doesnt matter if they add all the nutrients. Also, calories does not equal energy. That's why i think it is time to start eating more natural things in order to give our bodies more "life force".

EDIT: Im eating bananas and I realized they taste like nothing. I remember being tastier. Gosh! You cant even trust "natural" food anymore.

Eat clean

I would strongly suggest eating "clean." There's a lot of movement towards this trend lately, and for good reason. Eating clean is simply about eating foods that are natural, and abstaining from foods that tax the human body.

Eating clean usually involves getting rid of wheat (gluten, the same sticky substance that makes bread squishy, clogs up your GI tract and limits nutrient intake), sugar (for the obvious addictive properties, immune system inhibitors, and blood sugar/dopamine surges), and most cow dairy (difficult for the body to process, even if you're not lactose intolerant). You might think if you take these away, what's left to eat? You would be surprised how much is out there once you set aside the asumption that you need wheat, sugar, and dairy to survive and thrive. There is much more focus on alternative grains like spelt and kamut (ancient wheat species that have not been overly hybridized and are low in gluten), fruits & vegetables, meats, and alternative dairy like yogurt and goat cheese. There are so many other choices out there that are so much better for us.

A few years ago I thought we ate quite healthy. We ate almost no processed food and my wife baked and cooked meals from scratch using wholesome ingredients. We didn't eat much in the way of candy or sugar. Or so we thought. When my wife and went on the 8 week eat-clean challenge I felt better on the FIRST DAY. I didn't have my 2pm crash, you know the one where you feel like doing a George Castanza and taking a nap under my desk. By week 3 most of the cravings had disappeared and I felt the best I had ever felt. Gone was the fatigue, brain fog, moodiness. I had zero cramping or digestion or bathroom issues. I was so regular I could set my clock to it. And I lost weight and watched my little bulge of a belly turn into washboard abs, without doing any exercises. It really was remarkable.

We've read some of Tosca Reno's stuff, see her here

http://www.toscareno.com/

...or the 8 week challenge here

http://www.8weekchallenge.com/

...but otherwise just google "clean eating" and you'll see lots to research.

My theory

@Gold - first of all, orange juice (unless you freshly squeeze it yourself ) is processed food, eat fresh orange instead. Ever wondered how sometimes oranges can be sour and different oranges taste slightly different, yet orange juice from container always tastes perfect? Think about it ...

My theory is this-

If you look at man's diet in last 200 years and then 2000 years prior to that, you will realize that major changes were brought up by industrialization.
Pre 18th century:
We didn't have packaged fruit juices & V8 & soda - we had real fruits & vegetables.
Meat was not canned or mass produced with hormones/preservatives or with industrial processing - it was freshly cut from butcher and cooked.
Bread was freshly made with natural fermentation, not with the preservatives,sugar etc that we have these days.

You see where I am going with this. We are not eating our food the way nature intended us to eat which is basically leading to all kinds of health problems in the new generation.

So the takeaway is - stick to foods that are given to us by nature i.e. raw fruits & veggies,naturally processed uncanned meat ( so cook it at home but no cold cuts etc) and make it your lifestyle.

Fad diets are just that - a fad.

If you notice this will also more or less take care of all the diets out there like low carb,south beach,atkins,paleo etc

not only that...

@ Reincarnation - you make a great point about what humans ate 200 years ago vs today. Take wheat, for instance, which has been endlessly hybridized and modified to increase yeild, disease and pest resistance, phytotoxicity resistance (ie. plant damage) to chemicals, shorten internodes and plant height, increase grain size, shorten harvest time, increase drought tolerance...the list goes on. Most of these advancements have happened in the last 50 years. The wheat we eat today is definitely not the wheat of our forefathers. And there is growing evidence that wheat itself is causing real health problems in the population, not because of the sugar or refinement in the bread, but because of the very nature of the wheat itself. We've recently been reading "Wheat Belly", and it's troubling to see what wheat does to the human body.

I would advise anyone looking to take their health seriously to become a student of food and its effects on the body. Really if you think about it, what could be more important than having a clear understanding of what your are pouring into your earthen vessel day after day, year after year, and how it affects your quality of life?

Last, Marnia made a good point once that most people probably don't realize they have a problem with porn until they try to stop, and THEN they notice the effect. Likewise, many people I've talked to do not feel they need to make any dietary changes. They feel fine and are happy with their appearance. Of course they do not feel the need to change - they don't know any differently. I would encourage everyone to experiment by removing some of these foods from your diet temporarily and in controlled measures (ie. take wheat out for a week, dairy out for a different week, etc.) and see what happens. Wouldn't it be a shame if you were missing out on life because you never knew something better was withing your grasp?

A very sad but interesting

A very sad but interesting article I stumbled on today -

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/food-companies-trick-consume...

If the links has expired below is the text -

According to Michael Moss, the Pulitzer prizing-winning reporter and author of the new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, executives at the major food behemoths - Kraft (KRFT), General Mills (GIS) and Nestle - have known for years that the sugar, salt and fat added to their cereals, soups, tomato sauces and hundreds of other food products have put millions of individuals' health at risk. But the quest for bigger profits and a larger share of the consumer market has compelled the processed food industry to turn a blind eye to the dangers and consequences of eating those very products.

Moss' book exposes the inner workings of the food industry and details how these food giants spend millions of dollars to make the food we eat more addictive. After reading his book, which took Moss four years to write and report, one may never want to consume another Cheez-It cracker or Lunchable again.

How do the food giants trick consumers? Moss gives several examples:

"At Cargill, scientists are altering the physical shape of salt, pulverizing it into a fine powder to hit the taste buds faster and harder, improving what the company calls its 'flavor burst.'"
"Scientists at Nestle are currently fiddling with the distribution and shape of fat globules to affect their absorption rate and, as it's known in the industry, 'their mouthfeel.'"
"To make a new soda guaranteed to create a craving requires the high math of regression analysis and intricate charts to plot what industry insiders call the "bliss point," or the precise amount of sugar or fat that will send consumers over the moon."
Moss says the food companies profiled in his book understand that salt, sugar and fat "are their pillars, their holy grail." These companies employ cadres of scientists "who specialize in the senses" and the industry "methodically studies and controls" the use of salt, sugar and fat.

Even though consumers may think food companies are trying to help their waistlines by offering "low fat" or "low sodium" items, that's not actually the case. Companies will add extra sugar to "low fat" products and "low sodium" offerings tend to have both higher quantities of sugar and fat.

Processed foods are designed "to make people feel hungrier," Moss writes. "The processed food industry has helped foster overconsumption. Salt, sugar and fat are the foundation of processed food."

Rising obesity rates are a global problem. In the U.S. alone, two-thirds of adults are either obese or overweight. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly half of American adults will be obese by 2030. One in six American children is obese today.

Related: Obesity to Cost Taxpayers 'Billions of Dollars': Weight Watchers CEO

Overeating and lack of exercise are the two culprits blamed for weight gain. But cheap food and the general convenience and availability of it have also contributed to the obesity crisis.

Moss provides startling evidence of just how much food people are consuming these days:

The average American eats 33 pounds of cheese every year, triple what we ate in 1970.
Americans ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount.
We consume 71 pounds of caloric sweeteners each year, equivalent to 22 teaspoons of sugar per person, per day.
The addiction to salt and sugar does not end with consumers. The food giants' "relentless drive" to reach maximum profits at the lowest possible cost has given these companies no incentive to use real, wholesome ingredients. Sugar, for example, not only sweetens but "replaces more costly ingredients, like tomatoes in ketchup to add bulk and texture," according to Moss.

"It costs more money to use real herbs and spices," Moss says. "Economics drive companies to spend as little money as possible in making processed foods. That's the dilemma."

But food executives need to seriously start examining the consequences of their actions, Moss warns.

"They're coming under increasing pressure from consumers," he argues. "We care more and more about what we're putting into our mouths and bodies. The food industry is...where tobacco was in the 1990s - at the verge of losing the public trust. That's a very dangerous spot for the food industry to be in."