The Common Sense Diet
Apple Jacks? Or apples? You choose.
entered the Twilight Zone when it comes to the multitude of diets
being promoted today. Starting with the Atkins Diet, then the
South Beach Diet.
in protein, lower in carbs, but the distinction should be quality
of carbs, not singling out one nutrient entirely.
If you are on
the Atkins Diet or South Beach Diet simply adjust from eating
low quality carbs like refined flour and sugar products (think
comes in a box) to eating more whole food products like fresh
vegetables and fruits
- yes fruits.
know the traditional Atkins Diet doesn't advocate much fruit (too
high in sugar) but think about that for one minute. My strong
belief is that an apple is a good food, a bowl of Apple Jacks
cereal may not be on an equal level. One is highly processed sweetened
by added white sugar and corn syrup, and one is natural, plucked
from a tree and sweetened by the sun. Which would you choose?
Don't shun fresh fruit for the sake of following your low carb
diet to the letter.
healthy, wholesome foods is not the best way to learn to eat
better, but severely cutting back on the frequency of eating highly
processed foods is. I saw a site which called it GM or MM: God
Made or Man Made. If you think of those terms when you go to choose your foods,
it starts to make more sense. No one says you shouldn't eat chips,
or whatever strikes your fancy, but make them a treat - and eat the GM foods
A diet that makes sense
sense will answer the question about what to eat. If you are on
Atkins, South Beach or any variation of low
carb diet, avoid processed foods, not natural foods. Stop
using "instant" breakfast, and cook whole rolled oats
for instance. Sure you might have to get up 10 minutes earlier,
oh well. You're worth it!
You can still
stay on a higher protein food plan, but this one minor adjustment
will allow you to continue with your eating plan for a lifetime,
rather than a short-time. I'd go insane if I couldn't eat my daily
apple, banana or other fruit. I love fruit. I think there's a
very good reason humans desire sweet foods - Vitamin
C, and other nutrients, including bioflavonoids.
heard someone complain they were "addicted to fruit"
and I had to wonder, what do they eat? The person who refuses
to eat fruit because they believe it is too high in sugar, probably
does eat cookies, crackers and sugary cereals. They might even
drink artificially flavored and sweetened drinks, but they refuse
to eat a natural food, grown from our earth? That makes no sense,
if you think about it.
Did our planet develop and thrive based
on processed foods? No, of course not. They are very recent in
the evolution of our world. Very recent. In fact, we've had processed
foods less than 200 years while our planet is millions of years
Just say no to mass produced
With the high
incidence of obesity,
and our high consumption of processed foods, it's hard not to
draw the conclusion that one causes the other. You won't hear
big industry stating that case because our economy depends on
us buying the products being produced by the companies that employ
us. You'll never see it reported that "scientists discovered
refined flour kills," even if it were proven true because
it doesn't support our way of life. We need industry.
the epidemic of food illnesses such as Mad Cow, and Bird
Flu, I can envision a society without the mass produced meat
industry. It will come to pass—nothing but your local farm
will be allowed to sell meat, because the big farm industry cannot
guarantee safety of the food supply. Meat will become much more
expensive because when they can no longer mass produce it, there
is nowhere for prices to go but up.
So, do we
whine and cry and moan about our misfortune or do we start to
think of meat as something to savor and enjoy like the Sunday
roasts we had years ago? Most families never ate meat every day
then - and we weren't so fat either. We simply didn't eat as much
marches on, but when it comes to your body, common sense rules
the day. The Common Sense Diet! Try it on for size today.
Kathryn Martyn is a master NLP and EFT Practitioner and has developed
an 8-step process for ending the emotional struggle with weight
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