my take on this thread...
- become educated on the relative health of every food and all the various diet philosophies and research and develop a mental scale, truely evil food like hydrogenated oils and hamburger on one end, and cave man foods on the other end...then gently push yourself toward the better end when shopping, cooking, snacking...and not be too hard on yourself when you occasionally drop back into the "bad" part of the spectrum. When eating bad food, at least do it "french", which means, very small portions. If I have a burger, its the plain $1 burger, no cheese. I see it as an ebbing and flowing of periods of discipline, falling back to old habits, but hopefully each cycle moves your center of gravity closer to the good end. I like Dr. Weils approach to food.
- I use erythritol as a sugar substitute, which has zero calories and is psychologically more satisfying in crystal form than stevia. Some formulations combine stevia and erythritol to take advantage of the potency of stevia and the flavour of erythritol. Any opinions on this would be appreciated.
- Try to move away from plastic food, which is all dairy and refined grains and oilseed oils, which are actually food "plastic" that is "formed" into various and many "foods". Eat things that more or less look like how they came out of the ground. If using milk, use goat milk rather than cow milk, or try to use non homogenized cow milk. Some research suggests that homogenization vapourizes the fat, releasing damaging chemicals and confusing your bodies capacity to process this unnatural stuff.
- Coffee is a tough one for me. There is a lot of research that is positive for coffee, and some research says it is protective for parkinsons, which is a risk factor for myself (grandad had it). That being said, if opinion leaders here are insistent that this is important, I will take another look at coffee reduction/elimination and monitor the benefit.
- Alcohol is a tough one for me. I was a teetotaler for most of my life, and took up drinking, mostly wine, based on health research, and to overcome my natural germanic dourness. The wife prefers my personality AFTER my vodka and black cherry juice martini before dinner. Black cherry juice is packed with all sorts of good things...ironically, keeps "my literal big toe" from minor swelling. I never ever ever never drink depressed.
- there are certain healthy foods that I love but are very expensive...tabouleh, hummous, date squares....I am learning how to make each one of these (2 down, one to go). Easy with a food processor.
- Eternity Soup (book) is an interesting take on diet and latest research into longevity
- if using jam, choose a dark jam so that you get flavinoids
- learn about the link between free radicals, antioxidants, cell damage and division, telomeres, and aging.
Does this PMR make my butt look big?