Sunday, October 18, 2020

You can't have your cake and eat it too

I've recently enjoyed exploring the benefits of the keto diet (as well as low-carb versions of this), and other lifestyle choices to prevent weight gain, support mental health, reduce inflammation, and slow the aging process. I was initially drawn to the title of the book, The 7 Principles of Stress: Extend Life, Stay Fit and Ward off Fat by Ori Hofmekler, but soon discovered this book is packed with interesting research and recommendations. One part that really resonated with me was the food combinations, which makes perfect sense, reminding me of the old saying, "you can't have your cake and eat it too". The below is an excerpt from the book:   

Right food combinations:

The right food combinations support insulin and resistance to stress. Note that protein and vegetables are the "ultimate combiners" that mix with every food group. Right food group combinations include:

- protein and sugar

- protein and starch

- protein and fat

- vegetables and sugar

- vegetables and starch

- vegetables and fat

- vegetables and alcohol


Wrong Food Combinations

Wrong food combinations impair insulin and inhibit resistance to stress. Such combinations include: 

- fat and sugar

- fat and starch

- starch and sugar

- alcohol and sugar

- alcohol and starch



Vegetables include all leafy greens, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, crucifers, sprouts, beets, cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash. Proteins include protein-rich foods such as eggs, dairy, marine foods, and legumes. Fats and fat fuel foods include nuts, seeds, avocados, peanuts, cocoa, whole dairy, and related butters and oils. Sugars include fruits, honey, molasses, maple syrup, and rice syrup. Starches include whole grains, potatoes, yams and related flours. Alcohol refers to distilled liquor, beer, wine, and alcoholic ciders." 

This list makes it blatantly obvious why processed food is so bad for us. With these combinations in mind, I now feel I make better food choices for myself and my family. 

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