So often we see examples of superfoods people say this is the food that you should eat or they’ll say something like what’s, the number-one healthiest food for us to eat, and then people want to find out what that is, And they want to eat nothing, but that, and that gives us the wrong idea of food.
The foods aren’t supposed to do anything in terms of treating or changing or altering body function. They’re just supposed to provide the stuff that your body needs all right, so we want to get away from the idea of superfoods. Some foods get pretty close to being a superfood because they are packed of good stuff. There’s, just nothing bad to say about them, but we don’t want to think about them as treating anything we want to get away from the number one healthiest food.
We want to understand that it’s. The variety complements each other and gives the body all the different building blocks and all the different catalysts and vitamins and minerals that it’s going to need.
Be careful with the term natural foods, just because something is in the section called natural food, doesn’t mean it’s, necessarily healthy food. They’re, often made with better ingredients.
They don’t use as many chemicals, but very often there’re still highly processed. So just be aware of that, and every time one sees that section in a grocery store called natural food. one can’t help, but laugh because one asks oneself if there is a section called natural foods, why don’t they label the rest of the store, unnatural foods, just a thought so because there’s, so many healthy foods one cannot just talk about single items.
The first category of healthy food is non-starchy vegetables not listed in any particular order, because it’s, the variety that provides the nutrition.
Starchy vegetables include leafy greens, so lettuce and spinach and kale, and any sort of leaf is going to be very, very high in nutrients in minerals and vitamins in fiber and it’s going to be very low in carbohydrates and starch and sugar.
So pretty much any leafy green just eat as much as you can. Then there are things like broccoli and cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, and these aren’t leafy, but there’s still low starch. So those are also things that you can eat so learn as you go, which vegetables have less than 5 %, carbs 5 % net carbs.
So you take the total carbs. You subtract the fiber because some things have like 15 grams of carbs, but it’s almost all fiber, then those are still perfectly fine, alright, so learn which ones have less than 5 % net ARBs and those you can eat plenty of, and these Vegetables provide enormous amounts of nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, primarily number two berries.
Alright, there is a lot of talk about fruits and berries and vegetables, so here’s, a little caveat here. You can eat some berries, but more is not necessarily better and berries are the best type of fruit to eat because most fruit has been altered.
Our ancestors might have had some access to fruit, but their fruit was small and tart and it was seasonal. Alright, so humans have never had access to sweet juicy fruit, large fruit, 365 days a year that we do now and therefore that provides a lot of sugar.
Even though it does have a lot of nutrients, it does provide more sugar than humans should probably have in the long run so eat some berries eat a little bit of fruit but eat it sparingly and don ‘
T think that you have to have it all the time now. Berries are the best because they are the lowest in sugar. They are the highest in fiber and they are jam-packed with vitamins. The best berries are strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries right.
They’re. The lowest in sugar and the highest in nutrients category number three are meat, animal proteins all right. They provide a full spectrum of essential amino acids. They are one of the few food groups that humans could live on for a very long time and survive alright, most other things that we would eat exclusively for a short time.
We would perish, we would get some sort of deficiency or we just wouldn’t, get enough fuel or nutrients to survive, but animal proteins, especially the fat kinds, provide enough nutrients that we could live for years.
I’m, not saying that’s optimal, even though some carnivores are doing really well on that. So that would include beef, pork, chicken, lamb and any form of wild animals, so rabbit and venison and Buffalo, etc, and then, of course, fish.
So salmon, sardines mackerel, the clean fatty fish that provide tons and tons of the good omega-3s are the best ones to choose now. The thing to remember here is that when you eat an animal, then you’re only getting food that is as healthy as what that animal ate and if that animal ate a diet that was innate for that species all right.
Do your very best to avoid beef that has been fed to grain, because that’s very unnatural, for a cow to eat grain. They do that because it makes the meat more tender. It makes the meat fatty and it makes the cow grow.
It’s, getting a growth spurt, they’re. Getting like double the meat out of the cow is to feed it grain for a few months right. So they do that. For money and for tenderness, and for all the wrong reasons, but a cow is supposed to eat grass and only grass, and if it does it’s a healthy cow.
The omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is going to be in a good balance. If you feed it grain now, you’re messing with nature and you throw that off. So if you think that grass-fed is too expensive, then do the best you can.
So you start with one thing and then, as you learn, and maybe as you develop some habits that will save you money, then you can work your way up all right, but do the best you can and eat food that has been raised in a natural way.
So for fish, you want to absolutely do wild-caught only because the farm-raised it’s, just like the cows. They feed them things. They’re, not supposed to eat, and then they’re, not very healthy. When we mess with nature, when we try to change the rules, it never ends up in a good way: number 4 eggs.
So there is all sorts of healthy eggs. If they come from healthy animals, there’s, duck eggs and ostrich eggs and so forth, but for practical purposes, most people are going to talk about eggs from hens or chickens, and now what you’re looking for again is the higher Quality, the if the animal.
If the hen lived a natural, healthy life, then it’s. Going to make natural healthy eggs. If we feed the hen, garbage, and hormones and food pellets and we keep it inside and we crowd them and we stress them, then the eggs are going to be pale and devoid of nutrients, if not toxic.
So what we’re looking for is a standard called pasture-raised in the United States. That’s, a new standard, and it means that even in commercial production, there’s a way of making healthy eggs, and it means every chicken lives basically outdoors and they have at least a hundred and eight square feet per animal Per chicken, so that gives them a lot of space they run around outside they eat bugs they eat grass, they eat seeds and sometimes they supplement a little bit with various grains.
But that’s, not a terrible thing for a chicken, but the main thing is that they have to run around and they have to have a choice of what to eat and they can’t be crowded. When you look at those eggs you crack them open, then the yolk is a deep orange right.
The mass-produced, cheap eggs from sick chickens are a pale yellow. You can almost not tell that it’s, yellow that’s, how pale they are sometimes, whereas the pasture race is a deep orange, and what you can also tell oftentimes is that the yolk will be larger even in a medium Egg.
What you want is pasture-raised, not pasteurized. All right, pasteurized just means that they take the cheap eggs from sick chickens and they steam them right.
They sterilize them with steam or something so they pasteurize them all right. That’s, not what you’re. Looking for category number, five is fats and oils a fat has been demonized because they don’t understand that the fat on the body does not come from the fat that we eat.
The fat on the body is stored by a hormone called insulin that is a result of fructose and sucrose and starches and processed foods. But if you eat a diet that doesn’t promote insulin, then fat is perfectly fine and they rule the key for the fats and oils is that they need to be in a natural state in a relatively natural state.
So it’s great if you get the fat in the food itself, but it’s totally: okay to eat, fats and oils like refined, isolated fats and oils. As long as they’re done in the right way, meaning minimally processed, not heated, so things like grass-fed butter are excellent.
Organic grass-fed butter is great food. Organic extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil and recently you can find more and more frequent and affordable MCT oil, medium-chain, triglycerides and then some other fats that people don’t understand are actually pretty good, are lard and tallow, meaning pork, fat And beef fat again, if it comes from a healthy animal, then they’re perfectly fine.
Make some beef broth some bone broth from healthy, grass-fed organic animals, if you make a big pot, you might get four or five pounds of tallow left over. So you can skim that off. You can save it and use it for cooking, and if you know where it comes from, then it’s.
Healthy fat and something to keep in mind about these concentrated fats is that most pesticides, most toxins most hormones are fat-soluble. That means that if you concentrate the fat into these products, you’re, also going to concentrate the toxins.
Why fats it’s worth spending a few extra dollars on getting the organic and the clean stuff? Because if you don’t, then you’re buying a product that has concentrated the toxins along with it. Category number six is nuts and they can be an incredibly healthy food right.
You don’t want to overdo it because they do contain some Omega 6s. You don’t want to make it like. The main part you won’t want to make it a foundation of your diet, but mixed in as part of all the other stuff.
It’s, a very, very healthy food, and you want to focus on the nuts that meet three criteria: the ones that taste good raw because raw maintains keeps more nutrients alive. Once you roast them or process them, then they lose nutrients and you can alter some of the fats in there.
You also want something that is low in carbohydrates, and you want something that’s high in fat because the highest one in fat means they have the lowest amount of carbohydrate, and in that order, we have macadamia, nuts, and pecans and walnuts and almonds.
So these meet all of those criteria. Walnuts and almonds are a little bit higher in carbohydrates. But you’re not going to eat a ton of these nuts because they’re, so dense that you’re, typically going to be okay even on a low carb or a ketogenic diet.
Another great thing about nuts is that they’re, also very high in fiber, and they’re very high in protein. So you’re, getting a lot of nutrients all packed into a little bit of food. Category number seven is seeds and they’re, often kind of lumped together with the nuts.
The best seeds are chia flax, hemp, and pumpkin. And while the nuts are things that you can often bring in a snack bag – and you just take a few and you can crunch on them and it tastes good – you’re, probably not going to be munching on flaxseed and chia seed.
They sort of just sit there in your mouth and you got to chew forever and they don’t taste bad, but it’s, not the way that you typically eat those, but they’re great for low heat cooking. You can make a sort of like oatmeal with them.
You can bake bread with them. As long as you keep the heat down, they’re great for smoothies, and if you eat something like yogurt, then, instead of cereal, you can just grind up some of this and put on the yogurt instead of cereal and what seeds have spoken for Them is that they’re, usually very, very inexpensive, especially recently as they become more popular you can find in the United States.
You can find these at Costco and it’s like they’re, just giving them away almost, and they’re extremely high in healthy fats in fiber, and in protein. It’s like they just packed those things in there and there’s, virtually zero carbohydrates in there.
Even though the total carbs can look high, it’s, almost all fiber, so the net carbs are very, very low. They’re, like three-four percent and you don’t want to rely on plant food for Omega threes exclusively, but they can be a good foundation and Chia and flax have the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids in of any plant.
But you still want to get some omega-3s from fish because the Chia and flax omega-3s they’re. Just the precursor and the conversion, doesn’t happen. The way it’s supposed to and it doesn’t happen in a very large degree, to a very large percentage.
Some people say you can eat these omega-3s and make fish oil, but it doesn’t work like that. A lot of people convert as little as 1 % of the omega-3s implants into the actual omega-3 that we get from fish number.
Eight is avocado, not necessarily a superfood, but it great in so many ways that it falls in its own category, and it is great tasting.
Creamy it’s high in natural fats. You can eat it raw, you can just open it up and spoon it or you can cook with it. You can put it in dishes, you can make guacamole from it and it is so satisfying that it becomes almost a meal in itself.
It goes with anything like who can argue with avocado because it’s high in fat and it’s very low in carbohydrate and it’s very low in protein.
Avocado is really the perfect food but don’t think of it as a superfood, just think of it as a great staple that fits with everything. Category number nine is something called tubers or root vegetables.
They grow underground and they’re, usually pretty starchy. They serve as an energy reserve for the plant and examples would be yam or sweet potato potatoes, rutabagas turnips carrots, and something called celery, a core celery root.
Now, these are very starchy, so some people want to avoid them if you are trying to lose weight. If you’re on a very low carb diet, if you’re doing keto or if you’re insulin-resistant, then you do not want to eat these.
Hardly at all. But if your insulin sensitive, you reach your goal weight, or if you’re doing some carb cycling. Maybe you’re doing keto during the week and then you’re loading up a little bit more on carbs during the weekend.
Then these are the perfect foods to get some quality food with some carbs without getting into grains and things that cause inflammation. They are, however, very starchy, so you don’t want to eat too much of them, but they’re great.
You can use them instead of potatoes for mashed potatoes, or you can use several of them to mix them up a little bit to get some more variety and a deeper flavor. They’re, also great to chop up in little cubes.
If you’re, doing a vegetable soup or a beef soup, or something like that category number 10 is herbs and spices, so things like garlic and ginger and turmeric cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cilantro, parsley, dill rosemary.
All of these are highly nutritious. All right. They provide micronutrients, you’re, not going t0 get many macronutrients, you’re, not going to get any protein or fat or carbs to speak of. But you’re going to get lots of minerals.
You’re going to get lots of vitamins, and you’re going to get some things with medicinal properties, but on a natural level. Don’t think of them as medication. Right there are supplements you can use herbs and these do have some tremendous benefits, but again think of them, mostly as things that make food taste wonderful, all right, but garlic, ginger turmeric, they do have antibacterial antifungal antiviral properties.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory. It helps with gut-healing so and cinnamon has been shown to have some benefits, one blood sugar. So there are some tremendous benefits to these. Just don’t, go crazy and start using them as drugs.
Don’t. Think of them as taking something for something just incorporate them frequently in a healthy diet. All right here’s, a little bonus for you, and it’s, something that isn’t necessarily like a portion of food, but we have to have some treats in life.
I think that makes life a little sweeter, but we want to understand what we’re getting. So chocolate is something that gets people really excited and a lot of people. They say. Oh, I’ll, give up anything, but I’m.
Not going to give up chocolate, but there’s, a big difference between milk, chocolate, and dark chocolates. So when people talk about the benefits of chocolate, they say oh well, dark chocolate has all these benefits.
The reason is that cocoa has nutrients all right. The cocoa bean is a plant with some nutrients. That can be very beneficial, but milk. Chocolate has a lot of sugar that ruins and more than ruins the benefits.
So the darker, the chocolate is, the less sugar it has, and the way you can sort of getting a rough idea is that if you’re getting a 78 % cocoa content in the chocolate, then the rest is sugar. So you just whatever isn’t: cocoa is sugar.
If it’s got 85 % cocoa. It’s 15 % sugar. So chocolate is pretty high in carbohydrates, but most of that carbohydrate is fiber. So you can subtract it, choose chocolate that’s somewhere between 78 and 85.
So if you have something like a lint bar that one has eight pieces in a bar, so if you have one piece that’s 1/8 of a bar, that gives you about 1.5 grams of sugar all right. So if you’re trying to keep absolute zero on the sugar, then don’t eat chocolate.
Everything else is just too bitter. You can change that. All right it’s, going to take a little bit of time, but the more you cut the sweets and the sugar out of your diet, the more your taste buds change right, most of our tastes are learned and the more you get away From sugar, the more you’re going to find a lot of things that you thought were normally sweet.
They’re disgustingly sweet and, as you work your way up as you get more adapted to real food and you cut out the sugar, you’re going to start. Appreciating the flavor of all these things, you’re going to learn what they actually taste like, and then you’re.
Not going to have a problem with very dark chocolates, so 75, 78 85 even 90 %. Chocolate is going to be very flavorful, and not all that bitter and if you don’t like chocolate, then don’t worry you don’t have to learn it’s, not something that you have to have it’s, not a basic food group.
Stick with the other ten that we talked about and you’ll be fine. If you enjoyed this video, then go ahead and check out that one. Thank you so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next video hello health champions.