Better Food Can Boost Your Weight Loss

If you’ve been reading lately, you know that I’ve been suggesting resolutions that have nothing to do with dieting.  I’m going to waver just a tiny bit today.  Today I want to suggest that you resolve to eat the highest quality, most natural food you can afford.  It’s kind of a diet, but not like you’re used to.  You’ll lose weight, but you will have to think about food and your body differently.

First, your body knows what to do with real food.  Your body is from nature and your food should be too!  You have a digestive system that is fully capable of digesting potatoes and bread.  A healthy human can successfully metabolize natural sugars from the sugar cane plant or honey.  Carbs, like the kind in rice and grains, are natural and beneficial to your body.  Fats, like the kind in olives, avocados, and nuts, are natural and beneficial to your body.  Your body has the most amazing ability to extract the nutrients it needs and combine them in ways that are useful.  You don’t have to count your grams of protein or obsess about calories.  Your body can get what it needs from natural food.  In fact, it can get what it needs from plants(!) 95% of the time.  (That’s what I mean by vegan-ish—my goal is for less than 5% of my diet to come from animal sources.)

Also, food made in a laboratory is not natural.  If the ingredient list looks like the answer key for a chemistry test, it’s not natural.  Don’t eat it!  Real food is not designed to sit on a shelf for 6 months without going bad.  If bacteria don’t even want to eat it, why would you?  Besides, switching to artificial sweeteners will not help you in the long run.  Buying everything fat free will not help you in the long run.  You know how I know this?  Because every fat person I know drinks diet soft drinks and eats low fat mayonnaise.  You will undermine your health by turning your digestive system into a chemical treatment plant.  Eat food make in a kitchen, not in a laboratory!

Lastly, trust that your body can regulate its own weight.  Remember that feeling of hunger and satisfaction?  That’s your body’s way of letting you know when and what and how much to eat.  For millennia, human beings ate according to what was available and what their bodies wanted and they managed to stay thin.  My grandparents have lived to ripe old ages in good health by eating regular food when their bodies required it.

With those thoughts in mind, resolve to eat the highest quality, most natural food you can afford.  Don’t worry if you can’t buy organic produce.  Buy produce.  Don’t worry if you’re not shopping at the bakery for your breads.  Just buy bread with the fewest fake ingredients.  (Watch out for high fructose corn syrup.  It’s fake no matter what the corn sugar folks tell you.)  And quit ignoring your urge to eat peanut butter and bananas because peanut butter is high in fat and you read somewhere that bananas have too many carbs.  Eat guacamole.  (It’s great on a salad.)  Order the hummus and olive plate even though they serve it with extra oil.  Just eat when you’re stomach growls, savor each bite, and stop before you have any regrets.  It’ll be the best non-diet diet you’ve ever lost weight on!

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