Welcome to Episode 4.
In this episode we look at 10 Simple Rules for Healthy Eating.
Number 9 – Nothing is Black and White. (AKA Context matters)
Approach food as you would any substance: “There’s no such thing as a toxic substance, only a toxic dose.”
What is your activity level? Training goals? Age? Health? Context matters.
Food selection should be a scale, not binary.
- Plenty of ‘green’ foods (high in nutrient density and relatively low in energy density)
- Some ‘yellow’ foods (high nutrient/high energy, moderate of each, or low nutrient/low energy)
- Minimize or eliminate ‘red’ foods. (low nutrient density and relatively high energy density)
What does that mean?
- Green: Vegetables, eggs, most meats and most berries
- Yellow: Most fruit, nuts and some starches
- Red: Most bread, pasta, rice and ‘junk food’
Put it in Context
- Are you regularly fitness training? More yellow is probably ok
- Do you have specific goals? (Fat loss, muscle gain, weight maintenance – make adjustments)
- Do you have health concerns? (Currently or worried about the future)
These factors can influence the choices you make. Just remember that make changes for a reason. “If you repeat the same experiment without changing any variables and expect a different result? That is the definition of madness.” – Albert Einstein
- There is such a thing as a stupid question by Lauren Gatt.
- A couple of articles discussing “toxins”: The Logic of Science and Science-based medicine