What you CAN Eat
Think about it. When you want to make healthier food choices, does it help to spend your time thinking about what you can’t eat? Probably not, because thinking about a food will affect your mind, brain and body much like the actual item. Your mouth might water and your stomach might start to growl, setting off an urge that’s hard to resist.
In fact, you might be genuinely addicted to some foods. In holding them out as rewards for sticking to a diet, you might be preserving a mental and physical addiction.
That’s why, while we can encourage you to “stop eating crap,” as Crowley and Lodge say, we suggest that you think more in terms of eating real food. There is no nutritional craving that can’t be met by whole, natural foods. And they’re actually more satisfying because they provide more fiber and moisture, requiring more chewing and slower eating while giving more of a sense of fullness.
When you finish obsessing about what you choose NOT to eat and wondering what could possibly be left, you’ll find that the world of healthy foods is unimaginably vast and filled with bright colors and often subtle pleasures. Fruits are a world of their own. So are vegetables, along with whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fish, pasture-raised meats and dairy products and more.
Herbs, spices and teas, with all their flavors, aromas and health-giving powers, the legacies of cultures from all over the world, add their own dimensions to the real food experience. All that pleasure, with vibrant health to boot.
As the great natural healer, Dr. Bernard Jensen, used to say, isn’t THAT something to think about?
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