Foods

Nomenclature

Following are various names of this Lifestyle (calling it a “diet” is almost misleading):

  • EF:  Evolutionary Fitness
  • LCHF:  Low-Carb High Fat
  • Low Carb
  • Paleo  (Dr. DeVany calls his Paleo-Mediterranean)

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Simple Outline

Do eat:

  • Meat & Organ Meats  (even insects if you dare)
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit (max 2 fruits per day)
  • Nuts (in moderation) (no peanuts or cashews — more later on these)
  • Herbs & Spices (in moderation)
  • Oils / Fats: (olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil)
    • Supplement with Omega 3 if you don’t get enough fish

Do not eat:

  • Carbohydrate concentrated vegetables:
    • Grains or Corn (maize, wheat, barley, rice, etc.) Rationale here
      • Bread and Pastries
    • Starchy vegetables (potatoes, yams, Jerusalem artichokes, etc.)
    • Sugar (refined from sugar cane – a plant): no sweets, cakes, pies, candies, cookies …
  • Bad Oils:  Margarine, Corn oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, “vegetable oil”
  • Legumes (beans (string bean, snow peas, peas, kidney beans, lentils, soy products, peanuts, cashew, lentils, etc.).  Legumes are high in lectins (read lots more there), protease inhibitors, and phytates.  Phytates inhibit absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.  I will have to come back to this list — we eat string beans and peas right now.
  • Chemical food additives
  • Artificial sweeteners (don’t dull your senses, and they cause insulin responses simply by being sweet on the taste buds)

Go easy on:

  • Alcohol (high carb)
  • Coffee (some say no, some OK)
  • Salt
  • Processed foods. Eat simple foods.  The isles in the grocery store you use will be few.
  • Dairy (milk, cheese, butter, etc) — I try to avoid these.  Hard cheeses for flavoring.

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Meats

  • Mammals: Beef, pork, lamb, goat …
  • Poultry:  chicken, duck etc …
  • Seafood: Fish,  shellfish … (best source of O6:O3 ratio)
  • Eggs (a kind of meat)
  • Notes:
    • Some say remove extra fat but I only remove a portion of the extra fat.
    • Truly grass-fed animals have superior safe fat !  See the Omega 6:Omega 3 ratio of our beef !
    • We have our own chickens and ducks for meat and eggs.

Fruit

  • Try to limit to about 2/day
  • Berries are fantastic
  • Present-day fruits are cultivated to be much sweeter than their ancestors, so they are high carb.  Avoid really sweet fruits
  • No bananas (carb concentrated)

Vegetables

  • Green leaf veggies !
  • Variety of color is crucial !!   Reds, Yellow, green, purples !!! (lots of anti-oxidants)
  • Some say yes to : carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas (some say no, I think — will study)

Dairy Products

More here later

Processed Food

Avoid them.  But certainly avoid low fat products or sugar-added products.

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