I’ve been hard at work the last month or so getting a proper logo for this blog setup along with a food pyramid that reflects the Green Diet. I am calling it the Green Pyramid and it is meant to encourage optimal nutrition for our bodies. It is based on the Paleo Diet, which has been found to greatly improve those with various diseases – including autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, Colitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. One of the biggest benefits I have realized after switching to the Paleo Diet has been an even blood sugar level. When we take in lots of grain carbohydrates our blood sugar levels are constantly rising and falling. A particularly insidious grain that the standard American diet is filled with is Wheat. Wheat was not a big part of the human diet until around 10,000 years ago. Us modern humans have been around for around 200,000 years. Therefore we have only really had wheat in our diets for around 5% of our total time on earth. This really isn’t enough time to adapt to digest this substance optimally.
Aside from wheat, we notice the lack of any really refined substance in our Green Pyramid. Essentially, we are animals and as such have historically relied on what has come from God’s green earth to nourish our bodies. Only recently have our tastes drifted to the factory where we have taken in more processed/refined food like substances. Notice how I didn’t say food. The food like substances are constantly pushed on us through advertising, marketing, location in grocery stores etc. Every day there is a silent war we are engaging in when it comes to nutrition. We are conscious human beings and in control of what goes down our gullet’s. It is about time we take a stand and say no to GMO, no to non-organic foods, no to the factory and YES to farmer. The closer our food came from growing out of the ground, walking, flying or swimming around – the more dense it is in nutrition.
The #1 killer in our nation is mostly related to an unhealthy lifestyle: Heart Disease. The following is a tidbit on Heart Disease straight from the CDC:
Americans at Risk
High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors.
Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:
Overweight and obesity
Excessive alcohol use
So what are we to do?
First, let us start by taking control of our lives and our health by eating for optimal human health. Just as our heart is critical to our being, a cars engine is critical to the car. What would happen if the fuel we filled our cars with was not made for the car? What happens when we are throwing trash down the ol’ gullet? Disease, depression, anxiety, death to name a few.
Do yourself a favor and if you aren’t eating optimally now – make it a goal to get in some of the following foods this week. I promise you they are delicious, especially animals, greens and fat 🙂
Drink some green/white tea during the day. Green tea has a higher caffeine level than White tea. White tea is made from baby green tea leaves and it has a higher antioxidant level as well as a significantly lower caffeine level. For the nighttime, try winding down with some Chamomile. Chamomile is a great way to relax and has some effects on our GABA receptors which make us calm.
Who doesn’t like a good steak? Some steamed mussels? How about a big plate of eggs and bacon? You know what is even better than these things? These animals when they are in nature doing their thing. A grass eating cow that is free to roam on a farm is going to be much better for you than some sickly thing stuffed with grain. Do you think cows eat grain in the wild? How about Chickens? Do chickens like being cooped up all day in miserable conditions? It is a rather simple equation here, happy animal=happy food=happy human.
Cruciferous/Brassica vegetables are where the densest nutrition lies. Cruciferous greens are green leafy iron contain veggies which have way too much nutrition for me to type about here. Instead, let me provide you with a link to WH Foods. This is a great website all about some of the healthiest foods on earth! Although we don’t agree with some of the stuff like grains, most of this stuff is spot on and a solid resource to read up on.
Fat is NOT a bad thing. In fact it is incredibly healthy for us when we eat the right type of fat. If we stick we grass fed butter/ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado etc. our bodies will thank us greatly. You will notice you will be full longer and your blood sugar will remain more even. No 3 o’clock slump when our food is slowly digested and distributed in our bodies like it always has been for the greater part of the last 200,000 years!
The best fruits for us are berries. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries etc. They are dense both literally and figuratively when we speak of nutrition. A couple handfuls of berries is a great way to start the day or to have as a snack. Other fruits can be amazing like fresh citrus, mango, watermelon etc. Try some of the exotic ones like Starfruit and Kumquat – I bet you will be impressed.
Supplements are a great way to top off an already healthy diet. My favorite supplement – which is more of a ground up series of super foods is called Maximum Vibrance. This stuff is amazing and contains all the greens, probiotics, protein etc. you would need instead of a meal. This is one of those rare products that you can actually feel an increase in energy and well being after drinking. I like mixing this half and half with Hemp Protein, it allows the Maximum Vibrance to last a full month and makes it easier and more tasty to drink down. Hemp Protein I prefer over whey, because I find it easier to digest and it is 100% natural. No worries about articial flavors or where the whey is derived from. Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil is my favorite supplement and is better than regular fish oil as it contains a significant level of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for human wellness and us modern day cave dwellers often times are malnourished from not having enough exposure to strong sun. Also pictured is nuts which are good in moderation but can be bad if too many are eaten, the reason being so it out of wack fat ratios which can cause inflammation.
Well that is all for now, please feel free to comment and expect more great content soon.