Food is so much more than something we eat to fill ourselves up with. It’s packed with thousands of compounds which have a complex and dynamic relationship with one and our genes. Just as a computer program won’t function well when it gets bad data, neither will our bodies. When we subject our genes to an unhealthy environment, like the one created when we feed our body junk, our genes “miscue” metabolic actions that can trigger disease.
As our bodies try to protect themselves over time, this prompts an inflammatory response which can gradually be the foundation of a variety of serious forms of illness. At the end of the day, food plays a huge role in the functioning of our genes…and ultimately how we fit into our own jeans!
To ensure you are able pick the right foods which will benefit both your genes & jeans, here are our top 10 tips:
1) Eat real food: In other words, always opt for fresh, whole, unrefined and processed food. Go for foods which your ancestors would recognize.
2) Try to eat as close to nature as possible: The more removed food is from its source, the less good”data” it will contain, and the more likely it is of being a “food-like substance” and not real food.
3) Select fruits and veggies in a wide variety of colors: More than making your meals more visually enjoyable & tasty, it will assure that you’ve covered a large part of your essential nutritional needs.
4) Buy fresh foods whenever you can: Fresh foods > frozen food > canned foods
5) Stop eating when you are 80% full
6) Be skeptical of foods that come individually labeled with a health claim: Foods which are truly “healthy” don’t need a health claim. When was the last time you saw a health claim on a packet of carrots?
7) Be wary of foods you’ve seen advertised as the vast majority of these are processed foods, which are likely to contain high levels of sugar, sodium and trans fat.
8) Avoid obsessive calorie counting: Calories are not an indicator of healthy foods. To ensure you eat a well-balanced diet, look at your food instead according to how much fat, carbohydrates and protein it provides.
9) Enjoy your food
10) Don’t waste your time feeling guilty over eating foods deemed as “unhealthy”: eat it, enjoy it, and move on!
What is your top tip for staying healthy?