5 Food Rules You Should Always Follow

From Dr. Mark Hyman, Author of Eat Fat, Get Thin

“Do you really eat healthy all the time?” “Do you really avoid sugar every day?” Everyone wants to know if I walk the walk! The truth is that I have to. I have about ten jobs, two kids, a dog, a team, weeks of travel at a time…the list goes on and on. In order to keep up with this lifestyle, maintaining optimal health becomes a top priority. A gluten-free diet makes a great way to reduce inflammation, improve gut function, lose weight and improve your mood and energy. But this only happens when you eat real, whole foods like fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, clean animal foods, whole gluten-free grains and beans. Read below for my personal diet and wellness mantras! 

1. Cook at home. The cure for what ails you — in your body and in our nation — can be found in the kitchen: the very first step to reclaiming your health.

2. Stop buying into the myth that “healthy food costs more.” We have become brainwashed into thinking cooking real food costs too much, is too hard and takes too long, so we rely on “inexpensive” convenience foods that ultimately take a toll on our wallets and our health. We trade health for “convenience” that hardly proves convenient when we become sick.

3. Tighten your wallet. Make your own food in your own kitchen. Use fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed and organic meats (focus more on plant foods if these are too expensive), healthy fats and whole grains in their whole kernel form if you can tolerate them.

4. Study the ingredients. Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are listed. If a real food is listed at the end and sugar or ingredients that you don’t recognize are listed at top, put it back. The most abundant ingredient is listed first. Others are listed in descending order by weight. If you see any words on the label you can’t pronounce, you should definitely avoid it.

5. Eat out smartly. If you eat out, choose the restaurant yourself to find the best quality with the most options. Remember, gluten-free menus are great, but don’t replace one bread or pasta with an even worse form of bread or pasta (based on the weird ingredients used to replace the gluten and the effects they have on your blood sugar). Choose grilled or baked chicken, fish or another protein and pair it with a side or two of vegetables and some healthy fats like avocado and extra-virgin olive oil.

Want more from Dr. Mark Hyman? Read this guide to going gluten-free the healthy way and find out what he told us about healthy fats. Then see which vitamins you should be taking every day! 

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