Most doctors and nutritionists today have a laundry list of foods they want you to avoid, making it impossible to choose the right food. Healthy eating is not something they really believe in, and the information is so contradictory that it's impossible to fully obey their orders. You just can't avoid fat, carbs, and protein at the same time - there's no sources of calories left! You also can't eat whole foods and eat low-fat versions of normal foods at the same time. By definition, a food that's been made low-fat isn't whole anymore.
So, I'm here to give you the positive side of all of their negative rules. 4 simple steps you can take to find the right food and engage in healthy eating practices without a whole lot of drama or confusion. These rules prescribe a diet that is tough to follow, especially if you're accustomed to lots of floury or sugary foods, because those foods don't appear anywhere on the list of healthy foods.
Here's the long and short of it:
1) Eat plants that haven't been ground, polished, overheated, or bleached. That means fruits, vegetable, seeds, nuts, beans, legumes, and unpasteurized juices.
2) Eat animals that haven't been irradiated (including being microwaved), mechanically separated (not including being ground), chemically treated, or overcooked. That means fowl, seafood, red meat, pork, and sausages.
3) Eat milk products that haven't been overheated (including being pasteurized) unless it's cultured. That means raw milk, raw cream, butter, cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and yogurt.
4) Eat oils that haven't been bleached, hydrogenated, fractionated, heated to the smoking point, or made from soybeans. That means basically any oil that actually names the plant it comes from (except soybean oil). It would help anyone to pay attention to the Omega-X content of their food and work to achieve a 1:1 ratio of Omega-3 oils to Omega-6 oils, but that's not strictly necessary - you just feel better (less lower back pain, headaches, and fatigue) if you do.
And it's really that simple. If you think about it, this is basically the diet that our far ancestors ate - the diet that the human body was designed to consume. It happens to be the diet that best supports health in human bodies. (Imagine that!) Following these simple, positive rules about what to eat may be hard for a week or two as your body gets over it's addiction to floury and sugary foods, but the health results will be evident within a month.
Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, sleeping disorders, allergies, asthma, acne, mood swings, chronic back and neck pain, chronic fatigue, sun sensitivity, impotence, infertility, halitosis, restless leg syndrome, depression, and many more of the most common diseases of modern American civilization are nothing more or less than the end results of the American eating disorder. Michael Danielson is a nutrition researcher and author of the book How to Eat Food, a layman's guide to how and why foods affect your health, and how to avoid nearly every commonplace medical pitfall of our age.