Ok—so I hope it’s becoming clear that this strategy to be able to burn fat and have solid energy—and reduce inflammation in your body too—is based around the idea of making most of your own food…and being strategic about macro & micronutrients.
Whole Foods means single ingredient foods—and you would want to shop on the perimeter of the grocery store. Foods that are pre-made that are also mostly single ingredients—like kefir, yogurt, jared olives, apple cider vinegar—those foods count as Whole Foods too.
In the last section I went into the details of why *only focusing on calorie counting* does NOT work…you have to consider food quality & the amount of plant toxins (like vegetable oils that cause your body to store fat faster) in these foods.
Favor occasional treats--rather than "in moderation"
And in a similar vein—I’m going to share why I favor “occasional treats” instead of the idea of eating things “in moderation.”
Maybe if you have an eating disorder—then the idea of eating things in moderation could be helpful for you.
But this oft-recommended pop-nutrition article recommendation—of counting calories and eating processed foods “in moderation”—just does not cut it, if your goals are to improve your short-term and long-term health.
Real Food is your friend—and eating foods that contain “plant toxins” (see more below) are really hard on your body and they have a cumulative effect.
So, I’m not advocating for eating processed foods “in moderation” at all. I’m advocating more of a “pain-in-the-booty” diet of making most of your own food—from whole food, single food ingredients.
I DO have *occasional treats* like ice cream or cake—but I keep them as occasional treats. I also eat out at restaurants once a week and count that as my omega-6 tax (more about this soon)…
However, an Eating for Energy goal is to sub out & find other delicious and satisfying foods to eat that help your body function optimally—by “trading up” harmful plant toxins.
Occasional treats of processed foods are fine…but again, I don’t think the idea of “moderation” for most people is working out.
What I recommend instead is finding yummy & satisfying Whole Food Substitutions for convenience food that’s unfortunately full of fat-gaining & energy-zapping plant toxins.
What the heck is a Toxin, you may be wondering?
Dr. Paul Jaminet summarizes Toxins like this:
The gut is the front line of health. The human gut houses 100 trillion bacteria from a thousand different species; they weigh several pounds and make up about half the dry weight of stool. To control these bacteria, 70% to 80% of the body’s immune cells are normally found in and around the gut.
A healthy gut is protected by a mucosal layer that is designed to promote commensal (friendly) bacteria, while providing a barrier to pathogenic bacteria. Humans have evolved ways to “feed” commensal species of bacteria….
The absence of this protective barrier of mucus and friendly bacteria makes the intestine extremely vulnerable to infectious disease…
In addition to pathogenic bacteria, the gut is confronted by a heavy load of toxins. Bruce Ames and Lois Gold have estimated that the average person eats 5,000 to 10,000 different plant toxins, amassing to 1500 mg per day, plus 2000 mg of burnt toxins generated during cooking.
[Below we’ll] focus on how those 1500 mg of natural plant toxins damage the intestinal wall and its mucosal barrier, thereby bringing about infectious bowel diseases.
The goal of Removing Toxins:
So the goal of removing Toxins focuses on ditching those 1500 mg food toxins—whether they’re toxins made by plants that are strongly protesting you eating them…or they’re man-made toxins that cause free-radical cascades in your body—and replacing them with yummy, satisfying foods instead!
No starving or depriving yourself needed.
These food toxins can sometimes contain excess calories and often get stored as fat in your body. And they really gum up the works when it comes to building Gut Health & Brain Health, too.
The key to having “easy” snowball effect Weightloss (and improved mental function, happiness & energy)…is first DITCHING/REDUCING these things…
And don’t worry—what we’re going to suggest you replace them with is super yummy, comforting, filling, satisfying…and taps into the whole rainbow of flavors you know and love…sweet, salty, bitter, umami, all of them…
Just without the stuff that gums up the works & packs on the pounds.