There, I said it and I know people will argue with me. Every time, and I mean EVERY time, I try to research how I should be eating, there are always sooooooooo many different ways. Who has time to research each one? I've tried Whole 30, Weight Watchers, Paleo, Keto and, honestly, God only knows how many others. They all worked for the first bit, stopped working and then just weren't really sustainable for me. Anytime a diet or meal plan tells me I can't have something, I want it. I don't even eat bread that much but when Paleo and Keto tell me I can't have it, all I want is a big bowl of pasta with garlic bread.
I am my own worst enemy. I know this, but there has to be a better and much more sustainable way to eat and be merry. So in my quest to figure it out, I listened to Zac Efron and his surfer bro superfood guru again. Yeah, I know....I'm a loser listening to a former teen hottie and a bro for nutrition advice but they started this whole thing with their show. So back to Darin Olien's book I went and it honestly depressed me.
Surfer Bro Superfood Guru on Nutrition
Olien is all about nutrition. Apparently in his mind nutrition is great. I wish I could agree. Anytime I think about healthy food, I think bland cardboard served with sawdust and water. It's just rare that a "healthy" food tastes good to me. Olien swears that it can be delicious if done correctly but how do you do it correctly? His book doesn't real give you clear instructions. He just says, and I quote, "Eat a wide variety of whole, fresh, clean foods - mostly vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds, grains, sprouts, and healthy fats. Eat a lot of it raw." Sounds simple, right?
Yeah....not so much.
While I knew that the produce at the grocery store isn't the freshest, I didn't realize how compromised the nutrient content of the produce becomes as a result of either early picking and transportation. I mean if I'm eating this crap to be healthy, it should be healthy right? Within hours of picking, all the nutrients in fruit and vegetables begin to break down. After this declaration, I had to actually find scholarly proof. This kind of changes things a little and depresses me a lot.
This lead me to a 2003 research paper published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Spanish scientist looked into the vitamin, mineral and chemical content in broccoli. They looked at broccoli that was freshly harvested, and then after wrapping it in plastic and storing it just above freezing for a week, they tested it again. (The week and plastic storage was to simulate shipping conditions.) The depressing part is that there were major losses in the glucosinolates, flavonoids, sinapic acid derivatives. While I have no idea really what any of these things are....it can't be good. In short, after a week, a significant amount of the good for you things in broccoli were gone.
Healthy grains and other produce don't fair much better. It seems that plant seeds have been altered so much that the nutrition of the final product is no longer as good as what is was for our grandparents. Big agriculture has modified plants to increase yield at the expense of their nutritional content. So even if we eat healthy, we may be missing out on the nutrients that we think we're getting.
Let me just sum this up for all of us....How in the hell am I suppose to eat healthy AND get the nutrients that I need?
I'm not sure there is an easy fix. So here is what I'll be doing...
Eat a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables hoping that they aren't all depleted of the same nutrients. Maybe after eating a variety, I'll get enough of all the nutrients. I don't know if this is a fix or not but it makes sense to me.
Get as much as I can from the farmer's market. That produce is much fresher so the nutrient content shouldn't be as broken down as the produce at the store.
Supplement with nutrient powders when I can. I'm starting off by trying Barlean's Superfruit Greens, Strawberry-Kiwi. I'm hoping that by mixing this with the smoothie that it will add some nutrients that I may be missing. We'll see and hopefully it doesn't taste like sawdust.
My Pinto, My Experiment
Over the next 4 weeks, I'm changing the way I eat. Starting on Sunday, July 26th, I will be eating A LOT of fresh vegetables and limiting my dairy, bread and meat intake. No, I will never be vegan and my husband will not go for it. So dinners will still consist of a meat and vegetable as usual. However, breakfast will be a shake and lunch a salad, with snacks of fruit or veggies thrown in throughout the day.
I'm literally treating this like a
science experiment. I'll take body measurements to compare weekly and everything. As I do more research on Olien's 5 fixes, I'll attempt to incorporate them as well. There's a reason this guy is fifty and has the body and energy of a 20 year old. He has to be on to something.
So as I start this journey, let me be real. I will continue to drink the occasional alcohol, I will eat a sweet every now and then, and I'll probably screw up once or twice. That's life. However, I'm hoping this blog will keep me accountable. Expect weekly check-ins every Wednesday over the next 4 weeks. Each week, I'll talk about another of Olien's "fixes" and see if it is even feasible to add those into the mix. I mean lets be honest, I'm a mother of 3, trying to open a bar, run and blog and sell fabulous makeup, free time and crazy expensive "fixes" aren't in the cards for me.
Wish me luck and, as always, if you have any suggestions, comments, concerns or even words of encouragement. Let me know in the comments.
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