How to... eat healthy
June 11, 2014
Sorting out your diet can be the key to feeling better, living longer and being happier. With this in mind EDGAR
spoke to the founder of healthy food delivery company Daintree Food, Jeff Zorn, who explains that having a healthy diet doesn't mean you have to give up on the good life, it just requires some self-control and a bit of common sense.
Stick to your gut
Let’s face it, when it comes to diet and nutrition, we all know what we should or shouldn’t be eating – but we make excuses. Although it sounds like a cliché, the simple truth to a healthy diet is to stick to eating a variety of natural foods and eat what you feel works best for you. It’s your body, so trust your intuition.
The main misconception that people have is that being on a diet is the same as eating healthy. Sadly, this isn’t the case. Being on a diet almost always implies a calorie restriction, which is basically a form of starvation. That tiny, fat free salad you’re eating with croutons and ranch dressing is not healthy, neither is that 12-grain hormone-pumped chicken breast sandwich.
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Health wise, the best ‘diet’ to be on is a natural one. Cut out processed foods and stick to eating fresh produce, organic or grass fed meats and healthy fats. Rule of thumb: the shorter a product's expiration date, the better it is for you.
Cut out processed foods and stick to eating fresh produce, organic or grass fed meats and healthy fats.
Start with science
It’s important to understand that there isn’t a “one size fits all” plan with food. Your health is incredibly personal, and your diet should be as well. Therefore the first thing to do is to take a food intolerance test that will provide you with a list of foods your body accepts and ones that cause an inflammatory response.
This will provide you with some concrete knowledge on what is “healthy” and “unhealthy”, based on your personal physiology and reactions. It also simplifies the process for people because it allows them to eliminate most fad diets before they’ve even considered them.
Eat when you want
The debate about when and how often you should eat rages on. But the real issue is to put more focus on what you fuel your body with, rather than the number of times a day you eat. When you are hungry: eat. When you are thirsty: drink. When you are tired: sleep.
The real question is knowing what to eat when you are hungry, and that depends on a variety of factors. For example, if you want to feel awake and alert – say first thing in the morning – eat a combination of organic or grass fed meat with a handful of nuts. This will give you a slow release of energy that will make you feel energetic and motivated until lunch. When you eat the right food and avoid nutritionally empty options, you will stay full for longer and there’s less temptation to ‘cheat’.
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