The Rules for Eating Healthy

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the adonis effect John BarbanHere’s an article by John Barban, one of the creators of the Adonis Effect.

The article is about the rules for eating healthy…
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The 2 Golden Rules of Healthy Eating by John Barban

I think it would be safe to assume that most people understand the importance of exercise and eating some sort of healthy diet to maintain their overall health. I highly doubt anyone would argue that eating fast food, junk food, and sitting on the couch is actually the best way to stay healthy. If this is truly the case, then why is it so difficult for people to get in shape and stay in shape? What is so strong to pull the majority of the population the wrong way? And why isn’t it the other way around?

Imagine if everyone had a natural tendency to exercise and eat healthy foods, and the less they paid attention to exercise and diet the more they exercised, and the healthier their diets got? I see no reason why this couldn’t be the case if our society were structured differently. What if you were given tax breaks for keeping your blood cholesterol in a healthy range. What if you were given some sort of bonus for eating all your fruits and vegetables in a given week. And what if there was some sort of health savings plan that rewarded you for every 30 minutes of exercise you did. This could get the whole population healthy in a hurry. It would seem that the only real way to get people to take action always come down to the bottom line, money.

This obviously isn’t the case so we need to deal with the society we are currently living in. And make no mistake; this society is not designed to help you out at all when it comes to getting in shape and staying in shape. Food marketing, food laws, a lack of financial interest in exercising, and the quickening pace of society make personal health and staying in shape one of the biggest challenges in anyone’s life. It really seems like all the cards are stacked against you. Think of how often you are tempted to indulge in unhealthy foods in a day, and how little you are tempted to eat right and workout.

The amount of marketing and misinformation that we are exposed to in a day make it next to impossible for most people to really understand what to eat. Even people trained in nutrition still need to learn more than a university degree has to offer before they can start making truly informed choices about what to eat.

For starters most people in North America are faced with hundreds of food marketing messages every day. We are also faced with an unlimited number of food choices, most of which are not what I would consider healthy. The situation doesn’t get any better when you look to the government for help. Most government regulated health claims, and labeling claims are heavily lobbied for, and do more to confuse the end consumer than educate them.

So as far as food goes, you’re basically left on your own to figure out what you should and shouldn’t eat. To make a truly informed decision about food you would need to be educated in all of the following fields, basic nutrition, food processing, food marketing, food manufacturing, and the worst of all, government regulation of food. This is an impossible task for most, leaving you at the mercy of those who control each of these industries.

So where do you turn to for advice about what to eat? Certainly not the food industry, as their main goal is profit, not your health. The government? Nope, their hopelessly being lobbied and persuaded by industry to keep the profit mill churning along. At best you will get a cryptic message that never takes a stand one way or the other and ends up leaving the decision making and responsibility for your health squarely on your shoulders. All the while allowing the food industry to poke at you, and tease you and persuade you as much as possible to eat more of their greatest new products.

How about the academic community, surely they must have some answers with their high priced educations. Dieticians and nutritionists must have the answers then. Well these people will understand some of the basics about nutrition but the marketing, health claims, manufacturing and processing of most foods are not taught to nutrition students. They would need to do just as much fact finding as you would to get to the real answer about what gets a product on the shelf and what has happened to it along the way before it ends up on your plate. So the picture just keeps getting foggier. There are a couple simple rules to follow that I believe will keep your diet looking healthy without having to become an expert in food and nutrition.

Rule number one. Eat more fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t matter how many you already eat, there is no possible way this recommendation could ever bring you more harm than it can good. If at all possible try to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and veggies that have spent the least amount of time being shipped from some remote corner of the globe. Also, try to eat organic and pesticide free products when they are available. Every little bit counts.

Rule number two. Buy most foods on the outside wall of your grocery store. What I am getting at here is to buy as much fresh food as possible. In the grocery store most foods in the middle aisles packaged in boxes, cans, containers or bags have tones of preservatives and additives in them to keep them from going bad on the shelf. If you only go around the outside aisle of your typical grocery store you should find the produce section, deli, bakery, butcher, dairy section, fish counter, and fresh prepared foods counter. If you spend the majority of your time shopping on the perimeter of the store, you will mostly likely be buying more fresh foods than if you are roaming the middle aisles. These are two simple ways to be sure most of your food is healthier without having to become a food expert.

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The Adonis Effect is a total fitness program by John Barban, Brad Pilon and Brad Howard. It includes all the information you need to both burn fat and build muscle in regards to eating, cardio exercise and weight training.

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  • Dr. Pepsi
    August 22nd, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Stick to pick up, don’t mix niches.

  • Revolver Ocelot
    August 22nd, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    That’s fine and all. But people are well aware that greasy burgers are bad, and fruits and veggies and light foods are good.

    Sure, media hype does lead people astray, but if you need a commercial of Dwane Wade slam dunking a tomato or Steven Lopez Tae Kwon Do kicking broccoli to make veggies look cool, then maybe it’s more of an over all self-esteem and self awareness problem than it is a media issue.

    I dunno.

    Just eat till you FEEL you’re full. And make sure that what you eat is not something that’s gonna put you in the bathroom for a week.

    Hope lives.

    Revolver.

  • Mack Tight
    August 22nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    DP,

    You are absolutely right, expect a separate health & nutrition focused blog from me in the near future.

    RO,

    I agree with you that people should self educate and discipline themselves in regards to what they eat. People should not buy into flashy ads or celebrity endorsements.

    As far as your suggestion about eating until you feel full; I feel it is a bit more complex than that…

    Processed foods usually have lower fiber content, are nutrient poor and have a higher glycemic index value.

    This ultimately spikes your blood sugar and creates the vicious rollercoaster ride which results in you feeling hungry for high glycemic foods more often.

    Different foods also have different satiety values. For example, I can eat a 1000 calories container of Pringles and not be full but I can only eat one 150 calorie sweet potato before I feel bloated.

    I agree with the authors suggestions that staying away from processed foods is the simplest answer to a complex question.

    Excessive simple carbohydrates is the main problem with people today if you ask me…

  • Revolver Ocelot
    August 25th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    hmm.

    good point

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