The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden
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Nutrition made simple
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a book that contains a list and analysis of the 150 healthiest foods a person can eat, broken down by food group. It’s not rocket science, but it will help get rid of any basic nutritional lies you might be falling prey to.
The simple fact is that healthy food is not good business. It doesn’t hit on the same primal, unconscious triggers that large amounts of salt, sugar and fat do. Add in that healthy food is often more expensive to produce and you have a recipe for a food industry that is fucking you in the ass.
So here we go. Let’s get you unfucked.
Why it’s Awesome
This book is extremely simple. If you want to read the analysis of each food you can, but a lot of it is common sense. Vegetables are good, McDonalds is bad. You already know this, you don’t need someone with a PhD to explain it to you. What’s more interesting about this book is just that it’s going to give you an extremely long list of healthy foods for you to choose from. There’s something for everyone.
The basic idea is that we’re looking for foods high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and healthy fats while limiting bad fats and foods high on the glycemic index.
I won’t spoil the whole list. But I’ll list of the ones that have become my favorite.
- Green Beans
- Brussels Sprouts
- Brown Rice
- Chick Peas
- Lemons / Limes
Nuts, Seeds and Butters:
- Sunflower Seeds
- Peanut Butter
- Brazil Nuts
- Eggs (I’m actually allergic now but I used to eat them all the time)
- Free range poultry
- Dark Chocolate (70%+ Cocoa)
- Whey Protein Powder
- Wheat / Barley Grass
- Green Tea (decaffeinated)
I left out seafood because I don’t eat seafood. But this list right here is basically my diet, with a few exceptions.
Is this the “perfect” nutritional plan? I have no idea. And I suspect anyone who claims to have the perfect plan. But what I know is that is seems to work great for me. I haven’t been sick in a very long time, rarely feel low energy and love the taste of the food I eat. Either way, it’s 1000% better than the majority of the shit people put in their bodies.
The real key to sticking with this plan though is proportions. You could easily still be eating unhealthy if you just ate oatmeal and fruit all day and a vegetable once a month. My basically proportions look like this:
Vegetables > Nuts, Seeds, butters > Fruit > Meat > Grains > Miscellaneous
Basically, it’s almost the complete flip of the national pyramid they taught you at school. Whoops!
Why Does It Suck
This is a very generalized nutritional guide. People are extremely unique and it’s unlikely that you can just pick a predetermined plan and it will happen to be right for you. So I suggest experimenting with other more intensive diets. Try Paleo. Try Mark Hyman’s 6-Week program. Try Julia Ross’s program. See what you resonate with and discard the rest. No one else can work this out but you.
The Wrap Up
A quick word on trying to start and eat healthy. It’s going to suck a first. But like with any habit, if you just stick with it, it will become pretty effortless. I’m not saying I don’t pound down a cheeseburger or some ice cream every once in a while. I am human. But generally it’s not what choose to eat.
This is a great book for anyone looking to start getting healthy. You’ll save yourself a ton of time and bullshit if you just follow what I wrote and what this book says. I chased my tail for years before finally “getting it right”.