Nutrition

Diet, no doubt, has a major impact on a person's health. You eat poorly, you feel poorly; you eat better, you feel better. But is there a formula for eating better?

I use to work with someone who was very proud of being a vegan yet he seemed to always have health issues so I was not impressed with his choice of eating habits. On the other hand, I will eat most anything and my eating habits are very poor. So, it gets me thinking that if this vegan, who claims his veganism is healthier than a meat eater, and yet, I am healthier, there must be something wrong with being a vegan. Additionally, I personally know a former Type-2 diabetic who healed himself from diabetes by changing his diet to one described below. With these two very opposing diet methods and results, I felt it was worth sharing.

The Paleo Diet: In 1863 a London undertaker named William Banting popularised a diet recommended to him by the famous physician Dr. William Harvey. At the time Banting was 65 years old, overweight, had poor eyesight, poor hearing and joint pains. Two years later he had lost 50 pounds and regained his health. Dr. Harvey had recommended that he stop eating bread, butter, sugar, potatoes and stop drinking milk and beer. Instead he advised meat, fish, poultry, dried fruit, vegetables and [dry red] wine.

The Perfect Human Diet - Movie Trailer

Finding Your Perfect Diet - Introduction

Finding Your Perfect Diet - Quiz (it does try to sell you a solution at the end but understanding your condition can help you find a solution that fits your lifestyle and wallet).

Basically:
1. Eat whole and fresh foods from the Human Food lists in Chapter 12 (pages 123-129) of the book The Perfect Human Diet
2. Eat primarily animal foods and fats (no "fat-free" foods)
3. Eat non-starchy veggies as desired with meals (low Carbohydrates)
4. Eat "real" foods instead of processed foods
5. Limit Sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per day (says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
6. Eat low-sugar fruits, fresh nuts and seeds (in moderation)
7. Eat whenever you're hungry
8. Forget calorie counting. Let your hunger, which is in sync with your activity level, be your guide on how much to eat
9. Drink plenty of pure water (coffee and tea ok)
10. If consuming an alcoholic beverage, do some research. Generally, dry red wine is better than beer and sweet wines and hard cider (no added sugar) and distilled liquors like vodka, brandy, rum, tequila, or whisky may be better options
11. Be as active as you can
12. Get a good night's sleep

See Also:
Healing Foods Shopping List
Environmental Working Group Organization (EWG) “Dirty Dozen™” (food additives to avoid and the foods that contain them)
Environmental Working Group Organization (EWG) “Clean Fifteen™” (The Fruits and Vegetables Least Likely to Poison You)
Coconut Water can be an alternative to sports drinks