Screw the Diet: Just Eat Real Food!

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mrgills

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Posted: 15 Jan 2014, 15:14
What diet are you following? Have you tried this diet? Have you tried that diet? Here’s the newest, faddiest diet there is! Here’s the diet that all of the celebrities are using! Here’s the diet that I read about in a magazine!

Blah.

My diet is simple, really simple. And I know it works, cause I’ve used it before with great success. It’s called “eating real food!”. That’s right, REAL food. Not some lab experiment in a box. Not some concoction of chemicals created by food scientist. Food. Real Food.

So what is Food? Food = Meat. Vegetables. Rice. Potatoes. Butter (REAL butter). Olive Oil. Nuts. Fruit. Beans. One ingredient items. Not something that comes in a box or is squeezed out of a tube. It’s the stuff you find mostly on the perimeter of your grocery store.

I try to eat real food 90% of the time when I’m in health mode (note: BEING in health mode and STAYING in health mode are two different things, but that’s for another post). I find that when I eat mostly real food, two things happen:

1) I feel GREAT!

2) I eat less

Of course that then leads to pants that fit & not hating what I see in the bathroom mirror, which is a nice side effect to say the least!

Go ahead, don’t over think it & give it a try. It might just change your life.

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JoMc1970

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Posted: 15 Jan 2014, 20:26
I agree....I use the "if its got a bar code, don't eat it" rule of thumb.
mrgills

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Posted: 15 Jan 2014, 21:07
Sounds like a great rule of thumb to me!
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MarciaClaire

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Posted: 15 Jan 2014, 21:14
Its true. But even real food adds weight. I am just trying to cut my portions.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 15 Jan 2014, 21:16
The primary definition of diet is what a person or animal normally eats. Many of us on this site eat real whole foods. I for one and have for many years cooked from scratch using whole grains, beans, legumes, veggies, fruits, some but not much fish, seafood, poultry, and meat. I watch the amount I eat try to average about 1200 calories a day and have lost 40+ lbs since the end of 2012. I started watching portions and calories about then. That is my diet. Many here have been through one "diet" after another and have opted for more of a lifestyle change of eating healthier not junk foods and exercising.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
buttercup30

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 00:46
I think you hit the nail on the head with this post. It's good to eat real food, and control portions.
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mrspackrat

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 12:50
I agree. I see people struggling to lose weight and I look at what they are eating and I just shake my head. I think many just eat the foods that made them fat but just eat less of them and try and workout to lose weight. The items some people call "food" are just empty calories and they only make losing weight that much harder.

Anyone serious about permanently losing weight should look at their food diary. If most of your calories aren't coming from a proper amount of whole foods (fruits, veggies, meats, whole grains, etc), you are starving your body of the nutrients it needs to work properly. A body that isn't working properly and that is overfed on a continual basis will store excess fat.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 12:56
Right-- I have a good friend (co-worker) who is morbidly obese. She says she's trying to lose weight and brings frozen atkins meals. Then raids candy from dishes on other's desks all day, drinks multiple sugared sodas, lattes from McDonalds, sausage biscuits, and devoures bags of potato chips. And refuses to exercise. I worry terribly about her she is about 45 with some chronic health problems.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
notjune1

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 12:58
I felt great when i started eating better.......then during the holidays, "falling off the wagon" made me feel physically ill! Got back on the horse and am trying to get back into being meticulous about logging my food again.
Tammy1625

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 13:19
I just read your post and I just had to comment on it. I am by today's standards an obese woman. Over the last few years I've done a lot of reading and educating myself on real whole food. I can relate to the obese woman in your office. I can tell you that when you eat poorly, your body craves MORE bad food. Even if she eats 'better' processed food, it's still processed garbage. Maybe introduce her to a few whole food blog/books or try to educate versus condemn her for her food choices. Sometimes people don't realize how addictive processed foods are. They may not know that manufacturers add ingredients intentionally to make you want/crave more. The more she learns, hopefully it will open her eyes to the damages of her food choices. I know I have a harder time eating the processed garbage now that I've learned how our food is processed. Having compassion is a good thing.
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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 13:26
The bad part is- not every one makes enough for good whole foods.....Its expensive and some people have to deal with what they have. And if LIMITING your processed foods is what you have to do its better than nothing.
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mrspackrat

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 13:45
I understand your point on cost but it can be affordable if you chose wisely. Also I don't think you should go buy organic or go to Whole Foods for the cage-free, hand fed and pampered chickens. I buy from the regular grocery story and can find good buys that are much better for me. For example, I buy the frozen Swai or Tilipia fillets which you can get for the same price as 2-3 of those frozen "diet" dinners. A bag of brown rice or quinoa is more economical and goes a long way compared to instant pasta or rice dishes.

But you will find that eating these foods you eat less because they fill you. I used to eat around 2600-2800 calories a day and had massive cravings, was always hungry. Now I eat 1400-1500. The difference, the whole foods I eat are more filling, satisfying. When I was on the 2600 calorie a day diet it was filled with sweets, fried foods, processed foods (lots of empty calories).
notjune1

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 14:07
I am a big fan of beans......they are cheap, easy, versatile and keep my blood sugar doing well. Your best bet is to buy them dry and cook them yourself. If you must eat canned, rinse them or buy "fat free" or low fat refried beans (they are not fried if they are the fat free ones-its basically mashed beans)...they are great as snacks, with salads, with whole grain tortillas.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 14:07
I eat primarily a plant based whole food diet-occasional animal proteins. I don't have easy access to a lot of "orgainic" nor can I currently afford them in the winter when the farmer's markets are closed as is my garden. I'm single and if you average my food budget out over time (I buy things in bulk on sale alot so 1 week's spending doesn't reflect actual) My food budget is $25-$30 a week. I cannot eat any other way on that budget and eat healthy. I LOVE to cook and am always trying new things. My cookbook library has hundreds of books and covers one wall of my living room floor to ceiling. My calorie count goal is an average of 1200 per day.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 14:09
I pressure cook my beans-- a Julia Child's method. I have at least 10 kinds of dry beans on hand most of the time. My current favorites are mayocobas and favas.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
mrgills

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 14:52
Great posts here! Regarding cost, I've found that eating real food is actually cheaper than buying the processed "food like products". Items like brown rice, potatoes, tuna, frozen vegetables, eggs...these are fairly inexpensive. For meat I always look for what's on sale, buy several of whatever it is and freeze away. Plus, the key for me is when I stick with mostly real food - I'm satisfied, my blood sugar is balanced & I eat less. Smile
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Awhiawhi

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Posted: 16 Jan 2014, 15:43
I would like to start cooking with Quinoa.. I love salads and beans howver this food is fairly new for me to cook any good recipes would be soo appreciated
gostblader

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Posted: 30 Jan 2014, 08:33
Its all about a modified Paleo diet, cut out the grains as much as you can. And make sure you get your omega 3s. NOT all fat is bad fat Very Happy
Its important to eat good solubale fats, and not processed foods. Drink whole milk and eat fish. Have greens with every meal especially Kale. Truly the biggest change will be cutting out grains and flour, its really hard, but there are countless benefits for your body, including never having to go to the dentist again.. and losing alot of weight naturally.
gnat824

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Posted: 30 Jan 2014, 09:47
You don't have to cut out the grains! I'm so sick of that refrain. Yes, most of us should eat less of them and more veggies but my oats, quinoa, whole grain breads, brown/wild/basmati rice, etc all can have a place in a healthy diet. When you get into telling people they have to cut all grains, sugars and processed foods from their diet, it becomes completely inaccessible for a lot of people.

Most of us will rely on some processed (convenience) foods because there are many competing priorities for our time- work, school, family, travel, social obligations, etc. The last thing people should take away is that it's not worth doing anything if you can't eat 100% organic home-prepared whole foods all the time. The most important take-away if you're getting started is to avoid the temptation to fill your shopping card with 100 calorie snack packs, low/non-fat everything and frozen dinners. A bowl of old-fashioned oats is better than processed cereal and celery with peanut butter is better than a bunch of pretzels. Buy your yogurt plain and eat it with fruit and/or a drizzle of honey rather than buying the artificially sweetened variety. There are many small steps you can take to incorporate more whole foods into your diet and then you can build on those over time. And in a pinch, falling back on a boxed or forzen meal supplemented with some extra veggies is still WAY better than fast food.
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Posted: 30 Jan 2014, 10:02
gostblader wrote:
Have greens with every meal especially Kale. Truly the biggest change will be cutting out grains and flour, its really hard, but there are countless benefits for your body, including never having to go to the dentist again.. and losing alot of weight naturally.


What???? Why would you never have to go to the dentist??????
Seriously? Are you crazy? Tooth decay, gum disease - which can cause heart disease. What are you suggesting? No plaque build up, cavities or what?



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