Have you noticed that everyone seems to be confused about what to eat these days?
The common sense natural nutrition advice of our great-grandmothers and generations of tradition has been replaced by modern nutritional science.
We now look to outside "experts" - diet books, journalists, the media, scientists, nutritionists - to tell us what to eat.
Modern Nutritional Science
The problem is there is very little agreement among these "experts" on what we should eat.
Are eggs a bad source of cholesterol or a good source of protein? Is butter a "good" fat or a "bad" fat?
Is pasta a good source of carbohydrates or is it too refined? What is its glycemic index?
And we no longer think and speak in terms of food, such as bread, vegetables, and meat, but rather in nutritional components - carbohydrates, proteins, essential fatty acids, omega 3s, and phytonutrients.
What was once a simple natural process - eating - has become a complicated challenge. But it doesn't have to be.
Natural Nutritional Wisdom
The truth is that feeding yourself is simple when you return to a natural way of eating. Natural nutrition advice is very basic. All you have to do is eat a wide variety of real foods, especially fruits and vegetables, in moderation. What could be simpler?
Humans ate this way for thousands of years and it worked for them. They thrived on a wide variety of traditional diets depending on what was local and available - some diets were high in protein, some were high in fat, and others were high in carbohydrates. All of the diets worked because they consisted of real whole foods.
As omnivores, we are designed to be able to eat a wide variety of foods. There is no one way to eat, no perfect diet, as long as that diet consists of real food. We are all different with varying nutritional requirements. You may feel good when you eat red meat, but your neighbor may feel better eating rice and beans. The best natural nutrition advice comes from your body, from its symptoms and energy levels. You just need to learn to tune into its messages.
Do you experience low energy in the afternoon? Do you feel bloated after eating? Do you crave sugar? Is heartburn a regular occurrence? These are all signals from your body that your diet is out of balance.
In parts of the world where people continue to eat traditional diets chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease are much less prevalent.
The One Diet That Will Not Work
However, there is one diet that is making lots of people sick. It is causing high rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. It is known as the standard modern American diet. The problem with this modern diet is that it includes way too much highly processed refined food and very little real food, especially fruits and vegetables. No amount of modern nutritional science can change this simple natural nutritional truth.
It is simple to adopt the natural nutritional wisdom that supported our ancestors. Slowly and steadily begin replacing the highly processed refined food in your diet with real food. Have an apple instead of a candy bar. Eat nuts instead of chips. Swap your soda for water or green tea. Order a side salad instead of fries. Replace white bread with whole wheat. Before you know it you will be eating healthier and feeling great.
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