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BodyBannerI generally only eat three types of grains.

  • 1/2 cup of organic steel cut oatmeal for breakfast
  • 1/2 cup of organic brown rice or organic quinoa for lunch
  • and another 1/2 cup of organic brown rice or organic quinoa for dinner.

I stopped eating cereal, pasta, and bread. It’s too processed and I can immediately feel the impact on my body. For example, when I have a slice of pizza I instantly start growing a gut.

Zachary's. My favorite!

Zachary’s. My favorite!

Whereas when I cook giant feasts for my friends, my stomach stays relatively unchanged, even after eating until we’re completely stuffed.

Every Wednesday I host Man Night dinners for my best friends. We eat and share hilarious stories from the week. It’s like The Man Show, but without girls jumping on trampolines, or that cool old guy who plays the piano while downing a pint in one gulp.

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What a gift.

Typically we eat:

  • organic brown rice or organic quinoa
  • free range chicken, broiled mackerel, or organic tofu
  • a giant plate of veggies, usually steamed organic kale/collard greens or a stir fry

This is paired with a nice bottle of red wine, for heart purposes only of course.

St. Francis. The Official Wine of Man Night.

St. Francis. The Official Wine of Man Night.

 

For dessert, we start by opening another bottle of wine and enjoying it with lots of 85% Trader Joe’s dark chocolate and almonds (food synergy).

Finally we top things off by devouring an entire cantaloupe. Go organic here if you can. The flavor will be more mind-blowing than when you first tasted fresh pineapple after eating cans of Dole pineapples your whole life.

dole_pineappleSticking religiously to these grains has definitely played an important part in keeping me trim and in shape. This is because all three grains are high in fiber and are low Glycemic Index foods, compared to their cereal, white rice, and bread counterparts. Low GI foods help stabilize blood sugar levels and are more easily digested.  Read the rest of this entry »

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BodyBannerOne important step to start undoing our harmful American eating habits is to cut back on potatoes.

It’s not that potatoes are inherently unhealthy, but that the only potatoes worth eating are more difficult to come by.

photo (47)Since we developed such an obsessive demand for potatoes in this country, potato farming practices have been greatly compromised for the end result of producing the most yield, as is what happened with beef production.

Most potatoes are bombed with pesticides above ground, but what makes things worse is that since it is a root vegetable, harmful substances found in the soil also make its way into our buddy Spud.

One USDA study showed that 81 percent of potatoes still contained pesticides, even after being washed and peeled.

Most of the dietary fiber is found in the peel, and potatoes are a high Glycemic Index (GI) food, which makes eating an unpeeled, pesticide-loaded potato not a great idea for people with type-2 diabetes.

On the flip side, potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6 and potassium and also contains

  • copper
  • vitamin C
  • manganese
  • phosphorus
  • niacin
  • dietary fiber
  • pantothenic acid

In order to get these nutrients, make sure to eat locally-grown organic. Organic is better than the plain ol’ potato, but organic farming doesn’t guarantee the use of pesticide-free soil.

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And now potatoes explained by a 3rd grader Read the rest of this entry »

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Are you still ordering the house salad, thinking that you’re being healthy? You’d be better off chewing on some air, pal. As kids we were all conditioned to associate iceberg lettuce with salad, but the reality is that iceberg is practically nutrient-less and other types of lettuce aren’t much better (read Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson).

Let's see... a couple shreds of carrot, 1/8 of a tomato, some iceberg lettuce.  I'm sure that totals to about - 0.75 servings of vegetables.

Let’s see… a couple shreds of carrot, 1/8 of a tomato, some iceberg lettuce.
I’m sure that totals to about negative 0.75 servings of vegetables.

Find something better and more exciting to masticate to…I mean…on.

Best to switch over to kale today.

Did you know that it’s the most nutrient dense food in the world? (Tied with collard greens on the ANDI scale)

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Now time to enjoy this infographic. Go!

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Health Benefits

  • Low in calories
  • High in fiber
  • High in Vitamin A, C, K
  • Contains over 45 flavonoids including kaempferol and quercetin. These flavonoids offer antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Helps detox the body. The sulfur and fiber in kale help detox the body and keep the liver healthy.
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Helps fight cancer Read the rest of this entry »