Our last Friday installment about calories was back in January. It’s time for another.
At the time we discussed how a calorie, as a unit, is neither good nor bad. It has zero meaning for your health … unless you know what the ingredients of that calorie are.
So, you could be wasting a lot of time counting calories, if you’re not reading ingredients.
That’s fairly obvious: 100 calories of carrots are, for most humans, better than 100 calories of pound cake.
Let’s dig a little bit deeper on that today.
If it says “Ingredients: Carrots,” that’s not the same thing as “Ingredients: Organic Carrots.”
So, if you’re not really reading the ingredients, you could end up eating carrots drenched in glyphosate (aka Round Up).
On the other hand, a slice of pound cake could be made from 100% organic, biodynamically farmed ingredients.
This brings us back to my #1 food rule: READ THE INGREDIENTS. It’s like the Golden Rule. It overrules calorie counting, vitamin content, gluten-sensitivity, and any other thing I could possibly teach you food.
So, what are you supposed to do? Eat organic cake all day?
But there are basic principles that will guide you, such as the notion that food is information for your body. (Not just stuff you eat to reach a certain recommended amount of for the day.)
Your body craves certain foods based on: what it need for fuel, your ancestry, genes, environment, feelings, needs, and more.
It knows what it needs to thrive.
It’s a little bit different for everyone, with regards to the combination of macro-nutrients (proteins, carbs, or fats) and micro-nutrients (specific vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytonutrients, etc.).
My suggestion for ‘what you are supposed to do’ is:
First, make sure you’re eating a well-rounded diet that follows the basic principles of a healthy diet.
This, by itself, is where you will get the most bang for your buck. Not by taking supplements or doing juice cleanses.
(We’ll discuss the basic principles of a healthy diet next Friday.)
Second, start to ‘optimize’ by experimenting with what really works well for you. This is where you can start playing with things like superfoods, specialized diets, intermittent fasting, etc.
That’s it for today.
Start to get your head around eating real food.
Not a certain number of calories of … not food.