Better Living through an Organic Diet
Wow, just recently finished reading the book, The Lose Your Belly Diet by Travis Stork, M.D., and I finally get why there's such a fuss about Organic Food. I always thought..."wow, that is super expensive produce"!...and "how much better can it really taste?"...but I never understood the magnitude of how bad conventionally grown foods were for your body's digestion, not to mention the increased risk of disease!
This book is an easy read, and I highly recommend it. But if you don't like to read, or the topic doesn't sound intriguing, then take it from me...if you want to live longer and healthier, you will do what my amazing husband Jeff, and I, are doing...and that is to switch over to Organic / Grass Fed Antibiotic Free foods as much as you can!
Also, if you are interested in trying Dr. Stork's recommended diet...here are a couple of wonderful tidbits I took away from the book that I want to share with you:
1. Your gut needs good bacteria to break down food...healthy 'active culture' yogurt is a good source of this...and you should eat some form of probiotic food every day. Antibiotics & Pesticides kill your good bacteria. Therefore, you should avoid eating fruits and vegetables grown using pesticides, as well as animals that were given antibiotics.
2. Try to eat every couple hours. This is a real stretch for me since I usually eat 2 meals a day...but I'm trying. Portion control is key!
3. Your body needs carbs! Not the white bread, processed sugar kind, but the wholesome wheat, rye and ancient grain kinds like quinoa. He suggests 2-3 servings per day. A serving is 1 slice of bread or 3/4 cup of cereal or 1/2 cup brown rice or oatmeal.
4. You also need fruits & veggies...6 - 7 servings (each 1/2 cup) every day. But beware of fruits that are high in sugar and lower in fiber, and veggies high in starch. Keep those to 1 a day. Best fruits are blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, & pears. (My husband is so happy because Blueberries & Pears are his favorites!)
5. Eat Protein! Which I have been doing a lot of for years, but this isn't the Atkins diet where you can eat all the bacon and steak you want! He suggests 6-7 servings (each 2-3 oz.) of protein, but suggests trying to get most of them from nuts, legumes, dairy, eggs, veggie burgers, chicken & turkey. And definitely avoid processed meats!
6. I love that he says you should embrace Friendly Fats! My favorites in this category are olives, guacamole, and 70% dark chocolate! Others include oil & vinegar dressing, healthy oils for cooking.
7. Also love that he allows 1 alcoholic drink per day. Glass of wine, beer or 1.5 oz of alcohol...but stay away for a while (2 weeks is recommended) if you want to jump start your weight loss.
What I love about this book is that it ties together all the things I have heard and experienced in my life, but couldn't quite put all the pieces together. I heard that you should avoid fruit because it is full of sugar, but that is only true of some fruit. I heard that you should avoid rice and potatoes because they are full of carbs, but one serving a day is healthy...and you should try to stick with Yams and brown rice, when possible. I heard that you should not let your body go hungry, otherwise it holds onto the food you consume as fat, and this is the reason he suggests you eat every couple of hours. And I was brought up with the concept that you should eat a balanced meal, which is VERY true...you just have to be sure you know how to balance it!
Thanks to my Father-in-Law, Andy, for letting me have his copy of the book! And thanks to you, Dr. Stork, for making it so easy to read!
My husband promised me 50 years...and we just celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary this past weekend...so we have a long way to go. This is my way of helping us achieve our goal! We just started down this path, so will let you know how it goes.
That's all for now!