A common question we get from time to time is what types of food should I buy? Organic, Free Range, Gluten Free, Fat Free, etc…
The important thing to remember here is all going to be linked back to the context.
If your goal with your Nutrition is solely linked to changing how your body looks, you can “technically” eat what you want as long as calories and macros are accounted for.
This has been proven time and time again in studies. Someone even lost weight eating just twinkies in something called the Twinkie Diet.
However I am not gonna sit here and endorse eating like this. All I am saying is that you could do it to an extent…… “technically”. I do know that for general health and long term well being this is not the route you want to take.
I am a big fan of what is called the 80/20 rule. 80% whole “clean” foods and 20% in food that would be considered by most to not be “ideal”.
What better food quality could “Most Likely” Do for you
Eating higher quality foods has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, help improve digestion, get rid of brain fog, minimize exposure to foods that cause over eating, and provide the body with higher content of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
I tend to believe and give this advice to our nutrition clients that most of our food should be high quality animal proteins, whole grains, fruits and veggies, and fats.
Onto the point about high quality animal proteins we need to remember one big thing. We are what we eat, but we also what we eat, eats. See what I did there? Would you rather consume food that is fed corn, candy, sugar, and other high calorie foods to help the animal bulk up? Or would you rather consume food that gets tons of sunlight, moves around outside, and eats grass all day?
Most lower quality animal protein sources are kept inside, with no exercise, and fed garbage. We want to eat that? How about a wild caught fish vs. a fish raised and fattened up on a fish farm to grow as fast as possible?
Why you should care
Animals are alot like us and tend to store all the “junk” in their fat stores. This is why eating lean cuts of meat is so important. Eating fatty sources of meat exposes us to all the toxins, antibiotics, and injected hormones they receive. Some would argue this is not the case and that our liver processes all that out no problem at all. I would rather not come in contact with it. Wouldn’t you?
What should I buy then?
When looking to buy high quality foods stick to words like Organic, Grass-fed, cage-free, wild-caught, free-range, etc. It will be more expensive but it is worth the piece of mind.
If that is not possible then stick to the leanest cuts of meat possible.
For fruits and veggies shoot for organic as much as possible but remember this.
Eating fruits and veggies with pesticides is better than not eating any at all. We need the nutrients inside them and they should be consumed daily.
2 servings of fruit and 3-4 servings of veggies daily is important. So do it. Period.
Frozen ftuits and veggies are still great especially considering they are picked at the most ripe point and are as good as the fresh version. They even last longer being you can keep them frozen until needed.
When buying packaged food remember this: “The less ingredients, the better”. Make sure you can pronounce what is in the foods. If you cannot, put it back and walk away fast. Real fast.
There is you simple approach to eating quality foods. Not overly complicated, just takes a bit more effort. You can do it, I believe in you!