Many years ago, one of the important doctors in history said: it is better for a person to eat a little bit of poison every day than a lot of good things. From this statement, we can learn a lot:
1. The body has a great ability to clean/fix/heal itself—remove the toxins we put in it every day.
2. Everything in large amounts is toxic, and there is no food that you can eat without limitations. Recently we have become exposed to many different kinds of diets. Every kind promises weight loss, energy, health and so on. I will share a few examples of the different diets:
Atkins diets – Remove sugars and carbohydrates from the diet completely and eat more protein and fat. The idea behind the diet is that the carbs are the main fuel for our body and when you start limiting it, the body naturally starts looking for “alternative fuel” and turns directly to the fat reservoirs.
Paleo diet: The diet contains red meat, chicken, seafood, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and completely avoids modern foods, including dairy products, wheat, and lentils.
80/10/10: Diet is based on raw, plant-based low-fat food. This diet is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to a limited number of nuts, seeds, and avocado that are always eaten in their natural form. It got the name 80/10/10 diet due the recommended ratio of the food group: fats (10%), proteins (10%), carbohydrates (80%)—caloric value, not weight value.
There are many other kinds of diets that target a healthier lifestyle and weight loss. It is not sure how much they actually do to help.
After reading a lot on the subject, I came to the conclusion that I don’t believe in diets. Nutrition is something that accompanies us all throughout our lives and directly affects our health. Because of the body’s survival mechanism, the temptation for overeating and for eating sugar-loaded foods is constant, sometimes because of our schedule. Not everyone has the time and the ability to prepare a nutritious lunch for work and will therefore prefer to eat a sandwich that they bought at the nearest stand.
In order to deal with the subject, I decided to divide the subject of food into groups:
- In the first group: Foods that you can eat as much as you want from (meaning until you feel full. Never eat more than that and on the contrary you need to stop a bit before). Fruits and vegetables—most of our daily diet needs to be fruits and vegetables, uncooked and with no added spraying against pesticides.
- In the second group: Healthy foods that you should eat a little bit of and are important to our body’s health. Nuts, almonds, seeds, you need to eat in a measured amount about a handful to three handfuls from the different foods. For example: half a handful of walnuts and half a handful of peeled almonds and half a handful of seeds an addition to a salad.
- The third food: Animal-based foods—fish/meat/chicken. 3-4 meals maximum a week. You will need only healthy and quality animal-based foods. Check where the fish came from (the sea or fish ponds?). Know how much antibiotics there are in the chicken and so on. In short, quality animal-based food.
- Carbohydrates: Rice/potatoes/pasta and so on. They don’t need to be incorporated every day in the nutrition and in any case not more than one handful a day (100-120 grams).
- Milk/sugar/doughs: Preferably do not include in your diet. Foods that do more harm than good. As little as possible, again preferably not at all.
I noticed that everyone says that sugar is sugar and there is no difference between sugar and fruit, and this is a critical mistake. When you eat a teaspoon of sugar, the body secretes the amount of insulin it needs in order to regulate the level of sugar that entered the body. When you eat fruits (bi-sugar), the body regulates the secretion of insulin and in fact the breakdown is longer.
Honey acts exactly the same as processed sugar in the body and thus should be treated accordingly.
Every food has the amount of energy it provides the body and the amount of energy it takes from the body. For example: When you eat chicken and a carbohydrate, it takes the body 6-8 hours to break down the food—it’s a lot for the digestive system and all the body’s resources are going towards that and less is invested in healing and in other actions of body maintenance. Fruit is digested in half an hour and from the moment you finish swallowing.
If you are fast, the digestive system rests, and the body can take care of other things with more resources.
If you eat, eat a little bit, and only foods from the first group until you get better.