PBS Diet Philosophy
I’m a big fan of eating well, exercising according to your goals, getting lots of sleep, managing your stress levels, and taking a high quality nutritional supplement. I’m going to start with my basic diet philosophy. I believe in eating clean, real food. What does that mean to me? Well if it’s blue and comes in a plastic tube it’s probably not food. Diet is a good 80% of the health equation. I eat as real as I can but sometimes you give in and eat the processed stuff for convenience. Don’t let guilt creep in and ruin your day just get back to eating healthy at the next meal or snack.
Life is too short to be paranoid freaks about it all but do your best most of the time. I also fill in the gaps with shakes and bars from USANA Health Sciences when I can’t get to unprocessed healthy food.
There is a lot of bad advice out there so be careful who you listen to and what you read. Find someone with a balanced, science based, professional approach to getting you to your goals. Beware of the next best thing or technology. There is no one magic thing that is going to solve all your health struggles.
EAT CLEAN REAL FOOD
Locally grown, organic, vine ripened foods from local farmers instead of unripe foods full of pesticides etc. that have been shipped miles and miles and put on the shelves of large supermarkets. Support your local farmers and organic supermarkets instead. If this is not possible, look for the freshest cleanest foods you can find at your local supermarket and avoid highly processed food like substances.
Make sure Raw Vegetables and or Salads are a part of most meals if you can. There are valuable enzymes and nutrients in raw food that are damaged or destroyed by overheating. Be creative with salads by adding nuts seeds, fruit, protein etc. It doesn’t have to be the entire meal but a portion of raw vegetables, nuts, seeds or fruit is a good thing.
DONT TAKE DRUGS
Don’t take drugs unless necessary. Drugs have a purpose no doubt but we shouldn’t be taking them for every little thing that makes us feel poorly. Find the root cause of the problem or pain and fix that. Your body is telling you something. Listen carefully and you can usually find the cause and the solution. Your body is an amazing healer. Give it what it needs and it will heal itself or not get sick in the first place.
DRINK LOTS OF CLEAN WATER
All kinds of issues can arise from dehydration. Weight gain, headaches, exhaustion, constipation, a weakened immune system etc. Water can help with detox, clarity of thought, increase energy, muscle repair and much more. Drink water before anything else in the morning and then continue to drink water throughout the day. Before coffee, breakfast, anything. You will feel better all day for it. Amounts will vary per your activity levels, temperature, environment etc.
STOP CONSUMING FOOD LIKE SUBSTANCES
Highly processed so called foods full of chemical flavor enhancers, binding agents, texturizers, preservatives, colorants, and the list goes on and on. These are not foods. Start moving over to whole foods. Fruits, vegetables, Seeds, nuts, legumes, clean proteins and water.
JUICING & SMOOTHIES
Juicing can be good in moderation but emulsifying for smoothies is a great way to increase vegetable intake and keep all the goodness in. Careful not to over blend and don’t let sit exposed to oxygen to long. Over blending and Oxygen exposer will deplete the nutrient value of your juice or smoothie significantly. I prefer blending over juicing as you get all the fiber and goodness from the whole fruit and or vegetables. Invest in a good blender (VitaMix for me) it will make all the difference.
EAT A VARIETY OF FOODS
Eat a variety of foods – Fresh in season is best but try new things whenever you can. Experiment with foods weekly and you’ll be amazed at how tasty things can be. Your body will love you for it. Use organic spices to improve flavor if you find some nutritious foods a bit plain.
STOP EATING DEEP FRIED OR FAST FOODS
You know it’s bad for you so why do it. Just Stop. Being healthy is NOT convenient but it IS vital. Remember it’s not the things you do seldom but the frequent bad habits that make the difference in our health for the most part. Remember just because your not overweight doesn’t mean these unhealthy foods or habits will not harm you.
TAKE QUALITY SUPPLEMENTS
Take a good pharmaceutical grade supplement to fill in the nutrition gaps. We can’t always get enough from our food alone so cover your bases with a good supplement. Not sure how to choose a good supplement? Don’t take the shotgun approach and try this and that and all the trendy crap out there. Try and keep your supplements taken like we ingest food so they go through the same digestive process our foods do. Our bodies are built to digest, absorb and utilize nutrients throughout the digestive process. Not all Supplements are created equal and some companies are downright devious in how they manufacture and what they put in them. Check out a book called The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements. It’s a great resource for finding a good safe supplement. You can also check out my shopping site at www.healthyoutlook.usana.com for Project Body Smart approved supplements. You can also find a link to the Health Assessment there that will give you 3 reports at the end of the assessment which includes supplement recommendations in order of importance based on your answers in the assessment.
Be grateful for your body and the foods that keep it in good health. Engage in personal development and learning. Keep your mind happy and your heart full of gratitude. Thank those who grow our Clean Real Foods every day at meals. Better yet thank those farmers by buying local and conversing with them at farmer’s markets etc. Grow some of your own food where possible. Take time to breathe, relax, get outside and marvel in the beauty of the world. Disconnect and take quiet time to feed the body’s desire to be calm and recharge.
In good health.
Gordon Palmer, Project Body Smart