Grok On What To Eat

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This page will help you identify which foods are optimal fuel sources for your body. What to ditch to turn yourself into fat burning mode.

Meet Grok
Meet Grok


Well, I`ve written a few pages on the subject of Primal eating and I`m hoping you`re starting to understand why processed foods and grains aren`t good for you, according to Mark Sisson and many other health and nutrition enthusiasts. Hopefully, you`re gaining an understanding of what you should and shouldn`t be eating.

Avoiding grains, sugars, and vegetable oils should be foremost in your mind in regards to achieving greatness with this lifestyle. Hopefully I`ve conveyed the message that those things are what`s helping to destroy our health and causing us to carry around extra body fat  and making us sick.

When I began reading about this way of life I was completely ok with, and looking forward to turning my body into a fat burning vessel instead of a sugar burning one by. As I`ve stated this is achieved by eating more animal protein and fat, and reducing your carbohydrates. Notice I said reduce and not avoid carbs; we need carbs, just limited ones. I hope you are excited too.

I need things spelled out for me and I`m hoping that spelling them out for you will help you to recognize what not to eat. The list may be frightening at first because our diets have included so many of these things eveyday, but once you wrap your brain around it, it really is pretty easy.

Foods To Avoid

  1. Leave grains in the dust. refined grains, whole grains, bread, pasta, muffins, biscuits, bagels, cereal, baked goods, pancakes. Anything made from flour. After you go through an 'elimination' phase, it is ok to have an occasional foodstuff that is made out of one of these things. I looked forward to trying my homemade Sugar Pumpkin Pancakes and my body did just fine. It isn`t a daily occurence however.
  2. Leave sugar in the dust. white sugar, candy, cookies, cake, pastries, milk chocolate bars, high fructose corn syrup, soda, milk shakes tryng to fool you into thinking they`re coffee drinks. If it`s made in a bakery, factory, or restautant, and it`s sweet,  just avoid it. 
  3. Leave vegetable oils and trans fat in the dust. corn oil, soybean oil, vegetable oil, sunflower/safflower oil, canola oil, margarine, shortening, anything with "partially hydrogenated" on the ingredients label.
  4. Leave any and all other junk food in the dust. potato chips, crackers, "Cheez-its", and types of "crisps".
  5. Leave fast food in the dust. no explanation required except "Don`t eat any fast food at all. Don`t be juped into thinking that a McDonalds burger is healthy just because you order it without the bun. Have you checked the nutrition info on those "healthy" yogurt cups?

Everything I mentioned is either completely void in nutrition and will cause an insulin spike and leave you hungrier sooner, or has an anti-nutrient in it that inhibits good digestion and absorption.

Foods To Enjoy

You could just stop eating the foodstuffs I listed in the above text module and eat everything else and you will reap the benefits. However, I like to include these things in my daily diet.

  1. Eat animals. beef, lamb, bison, pork, poultry (including their eggs). Try to make them pasteured and grass-fed if possible. Their meat is healthier because they`ve been raised eating what is biologically appropriate for them, which in turn makes them healthier for us. If you can`t afford it, don`t stress, but do try. Alot of times not buying all those oils, and chips, and snack foods saves money so we can actually afford quality food.
  2. Eat sea animals. If you`re not allergic to them make salmon, sardines, trout, mackeral, crab, shrimp, oysters, mussels, and clams a routine part of your diet. Wild-caught is best, but again, if you can`t get your hands on some, then farm-raised is ok too.
  3. Eat unlimited produce. Fresh is best, frozen comes next. 
  4. Eat some nuts and seeds. Peanuts are not a nut, they are of the legume family. Also, even though I said not to use sunflower oil, it is ok to eat sunflower seeds. The reason? Lack of processing.
  5. Use healthy cooking fats. butter (grass-fed if possible; alot of times labeled pasteured), coconut oil, palm oils, olive oil, ghee, and animal fats (lard, tallow, duck fat, etc.).
  6. Stock up on spices. Not only do they add flavor but they also help to prevent the nutrient breakdown during the cooking process.

So what do you think? A diet rich in animals, vegetables and tubers, plenty of greens, some nuts, and seeds, fruit, and tasty fat doesn`t sound too restrictive does it? I love the way of eating I`ve adopted as my lifestyle, I think you will to if you give it a chance.

Check It Out

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Suggested Reading

People new to a primal way of eating sometimes have a hard time letting go of what we`ve been told for years. Eat low fat everything. A couple ways to include more healthy fat here
'Grok' is our archetypal hunterer-gatherer ancestor. My page will teach you the thought process behind 'Grok logic'.
Is grain bad for us? For years we`ve been told it`s healthy. Have we been mis-guided? Let`s look at a piece of the controversy.
I`ve been partaking in the Primal Lifestyle and I`d like to share my experience with you.
Updated: 12/17/2011, freelance
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