Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Diet

Garfield once said "Diet" is "Die with a t".  Hmmm - perhaps this gives us a bit of insight as to why the pudgy little bugger is so, well, fat.

Garfield humor aside, deciding what to eat in this world of fad diets, sports diets, health diets, cave-man diets, and every other conceivable kind of diet is really a tough thing.  We all know red meat is bad.  Well, actually, there is even contention over that.  Along with fats.

My goal in this post is not to discuss the various diets out there, I just wanted to share a diet that makes a lot of sense to Kelly and I.  One that is perhaps simple enough to understand, and one that, we believe, will give you a good shot at being healthy.

Perhaps in future posts I will discuss some of the various diets in an effort to share some of the knowledge that Kelly and I have been pulling together over the years.  But, for now, I think the best thing is to present a well balanced, vegetarian diet that can add years to your life.  And, take inches off your waist if you are on the heavy side.

While in many ways this diet is self evident to a vegetarian or vegan, it took our attending a lecture this weekend by Dr. Janice Stanger to bring it all into perspective.

  • 1/4 of what you eat should be vegetables

  • 1/4 of what you eat should be fruit

  • 1/4 of what you eat should be either potatoes or legumes

  • 1/4 of what you eat should be whole grains


Dr. Stanger went on to say that if you have a meal with these proportions and fill yourself up, you will have consumed roughly 500 calories.

To the above she recommends adding:

  • Spices - to liven the taste and gain phyto-nutrients

  • Nuts - moderate amount due to their fairly high fat content

  • 2 tablespoons per day of either ground flax seeds or whole chia seeds to give you the omega-3 fatty acids you need

  • Vitamin B-12

  • Vitamin D


What this diet does not include is refined carbs - like white flour, white sugar, or white rice.

And, that’s it.  To me this is an extremely healthy, and simple formula to follow in making dietary decisions.  And, interestingly, it is pretty close to what Kelly and I do now.

In my next posting I will discuss some rules that Dr Stanger lives by.

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