So now that you’ve had time to digest Part I (pun intended), I’m back with Part II to explain what those foods that make us ‘more healthy’ look like compared to those foods that make us ‘less healthy.’ Here’s how Dallas & Melissa Hartwig lay out their “Good Food Standards” in In Starts with Food.
The food we eat should:
1. Promote a healthy psychological response.
2. Promote a healthy hormonal response.
3. Support a healthy gut.
4. Support immune function and minimize inflammation.
Are you asking yourself what foods fit those standards? Great question! And here’s the answer: meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit and the right fats. NYCathy sent me a text after Part I asking about olive oil, and yes olive oil falls into the ‘right fats’ category, along with avocado, avocado oil, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, olives and more. Hungry yet?
So what should you be limiting and/or cutting out completely to make yourself more healthy? Sugar, sweeteners, alcohol, seed oils, grains, legumes and dairy. Basically, there’s a reason you can’t eat just one salty, greasy potato chip and there’s a reason I could eat an entire bowl of Starbucks whipped cream covered in caramel drizzle (wonder what the Barista would think of that order), and to further that there’s a reason that indulgences like those don’t leave us feeling satiated, but rather leave us wanting more, more, MORE. It boils down to the psychological and hormonal responses these foods have on us, which in turn impact so many other things associated with our overall health (ie high cholesterol, diabetes, headaches, allergies!).
Again, this is the high level stuff and if it interests you, and you want to understand more about the science behind it all, I recommend you read the book. Of course if you have a more general question, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to explain!
I’m looking forward to Part III, where I get to tell you about what’s called the “Whole30” and maybe even convince some of you to try it with me starting Aug. 1! Until then…