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Top 3 Easy Nutrition Rules To Follow To Live Healthy

Want to know what the ultimate nutrition rules for a healthy lifestyle are? I might not have the answer – but I have the three easiest ones that will definitely keep disease at bay.

“I’m sick and tired of doctors telling me to eat this… and NOT eat that… 

And half the time, one doctor says one thing and the next says something completely different… 

Isn’t there some way to know what’s good to eat and what’s not?”

Sound familiar?

Those words came from a nice, overweight young lady who had been diagnosed as prediabetic… at the age of 34 years old… 

And she had come to me because she was fed up with the conflicting advice she was receiving at every turn,

“I know how dangerous diabetes is… and I know that my weight is related to my diet… 

All I want to do is eat healthily. Can you help me?”

Now, I gave her an answer that I’ll share with you in just a moment, but I just want to say first that I understand her struggle as it’s one that millions of Americans are going through… 

Knowing what foods make up a healthy diet can seem nearly impossible… especially given that what’s considered “healthy” one day may be called “dangerous” the next by nutrition media.

Fortunately, I do have an answer and I’ll explain everything in more detail, but here’s the three dead simple rules that you can use to guide your eating habits:

  • Eat Food

  • Not Too Much

  • Mostly Plants

If you’ve heard those rules before, it’s because I have to admit that I didn’t come up with them… 

They’re from an amazing book called In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan, which is definitely worth reading if you have even the slightest interest in nutrition… 

And even though it’s over a decade old, I still give these three rules to my acquaintances, including the lady that visited me this past week… 

Rule 1: Eat Food

glasses of yogurt with kiwi

This may seem like an oversimplification, but the truth is that a lot of what you might be eating isn’t really… food, which begs the question… 

What is “real food?”

Think about what you had for breakfast… 

And now consider this question – how close was each component on your plate to its original form and how much processing did it go through to get there?

If you had yogurt and fresh fruit, it’s pretty simple – the fruit came to you in the same form as you’d find it in nature. And the yogurt isn’t too far removed as it’s fermented milk.

On the other hand… 

If you had a bowl of cereal and milk, the milk is easy to trace, but the cereal is more difficult. Look at the list of ingredients and I’m guessing you’ll have a hard time identifying the natural form of each one as it goes through so much processing.

What if you were in a hurry and stopped at the McDonald’s drive thru for an Egg McMuffin?

Well, now we have an English muffin that was processed, processed cheese, processed Canadian bacon and two forms of processed butter (salted and clarified). That’s a lot of processing for your morning breakfast sandwich – about the only thing close to its original form is the egg.

Want to guess which of these 3 breakfast options is the healthiest?

Obviously, it’s the yogurt and fruit.

With this rule, the idea is that you’ll pay more attention to the food you eat and try to stick closer to foods that undergo less processing and are closer to their original form, which is almost always a healthier choice.

Rule #1 may be the hardest to get your head around, but this next one is super easy… 

Rule #2: Not Too Much

person putting food on plate

Unfortunately, it’s a fact that as Americans, we eat too much… 

And that’s why we’re dealing with such a huge diabetes epidemic.

But it’s not your fault because you’ve been TRAINED to overeat… 

From all-you-can-eat buffets to restaurant portions that could feed 3 people, you’ve been taught that more food is better… 

However, that’s not the case when it comes to your health.

Overeating doesn’t just mean you’ll gain weight – it comes with a whole galaxy of health issues, including lowered metabolism, slowed brain function, and digestive problems… 

So when I say to eat “not too much,” what I mean is to be more conscious of your food intake and to curb your trained desire to overeat.

Plus, I’ve got a few tips to get your overeating under control:

  • Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before eating – it’ll make you feel full quicker.
  • Use smaller plates to trick your mind into seeing a full plate of food.
  • Set your fork or spoon down after every bite.
  • Eat with other people – the natural conversation will slow down how fast you eat and you’ll know exactly when your hunger has been satisfied.
  • Use intermittent fasting to “reset” your body’s metabolism.

Unless you’re looking to lose weight, the idea is that your caloric intake (hopefully from “real foods”) will match what your body expends on a daily basis… and not more… 

When you find that perfect balance, you’ll be surprised how your hunger fades away and just how content you’ll feel.

There’s one more rule I want to share with you and it’s certainly the most controversial of the three… 

Rule 3: Mostly Plants

vegetables and fruits

Now, I’m not a vegetarian (and neither is Michael Pollan), but I do recognize that a plant-centered diet has an incredible range of benefits… 

While meat is an excellent source of protein, it can be lacking in vitamins and minerals… 

And that’s where fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds come into play – eating a wide variety of plants means you’ll be taking in all these nutrients, which are essential to long-term health… 

And which you won’t find in meat.

That being said, I’m of the belief that the best possible diet is one that’s balanced and utilizes many different types of foods… 

For meat, I usually have 1-2 portions of fish per week, 1 portion of poultry, and 1 serving of red meat every 2 weeks or so. However, the rest of my food intake is primarily plant-based, with the exception being dairy products like yogurt and cheese, which I do consume on a daily basis.

As with the other two rules, the “mostly plants” rule is meant to increase your awareness and I don’t recommend spending too much effort tracking every single meal you eat… 

But when you stay conscious of these three eating rules, you’ll be putting forth your best effort to… 

Protect Your Body For Decades to Come

happy women shopping for produce

Diabetes may be the #1 American health issue at the moment… 

But the truth is that eating right doesn’t just counter diabetes – it sets you up for a long, healthy life… 

And the sooner you learn healthy eating habits like the ones from these three simple eating rules, the more you’ll be doing to keep your body and mind in top performance.

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