Project: C.H.E.K your health
I’ve never been one for rules and regulations. Stick them on me and I’m likely to freak out like a claustrophobe being fed into an mri scanner. There are plenty of stories to prove it. Times, however, are a changin’.
For the past five days I’ve been relaxing on the bourgeois shores of Noosa with friends and family. Aaah… life can be so pleasant.
(Right: Tash, Lizzie and me on Hastings Parade)
I am, however, no stranger to the holiday indulge bulge. So, prior to departure, I was curious to see how my new committment to C.H.E.K your health would fly in the face of Bistro C and its fine dining compatriats on Noosa’s main strip.
As I write now from the safety of my Sydney home, I am proud to say that I ate out every night, relaxed on the exercise front, socialised and indulged… and came back to exactly the same number on the scales. Whoa!…
All thanks goes to Momentum for Life’s food coach Jo Rushton. Why? Her “rules” around food made it easier to make good choices while away… and when enjoying a wine or two, what to eat with it to best protect my body, which is a temple… of course.
From here on in, this very hungry blog is likely to be fed lavish amounts of C.H.E.K facts, tips and “rules” about good health food – what to eat, how to eat it, drink it, love it, bless it, where to buy it, how to prepare it, and whatever else comes our way. Why? Rules, I’ve discovered, can help make decisions easier and life better, sweeter.
Here is just a snippet to wet your appetite for the exciting journey into health ahead…
Low Human Intervention (LHI) vs High Human Intervention (HHI)
Up first is LHI (Low Human Intervention). Rushton says it is the only diet acronym you will ever need.
“If you follow the LHI approach alone, you will experience lasting positive changes in all areas of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health,” she says. “And there is only one rule: avoid all foods that have been overly interfered with by human processes.”
HHI (High Human Intervention) is its opposite; the stuff you want to avoid.
LHI foods to enjoy:
- All organic or free range fresh meat, poultry and dairy
- All fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables
- Non gluten grains — brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Cook with quality fats such as organic butter, ghee, coconut oil and palm oil
- Use olive oil, flaxseed oil for salad dressings
- Try young Thai drinking coconuts for smoothies
- For sweeteners use—stevia, molasses and honey
- Explore flavors using common herbs that support various functions such as digestion, metabolism, immune and nervous system — basil, garlic, cinnamon, carob, cumin, dill, ginger, mustard, oregano, parsley, pepper, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, turmeric.
- Use quality salt – Celtic or Himalayan
HHI foods to avoid:
- The 4 white devils (white flour, pasturised dairy, sugar and table salt
- All soft drinks
- All soybeans and soy products
- All boxed cereals
- All commercially produced vegetable oils like canola, corn, safflower, sunflower, soy and grape seed
- All pre-made frozen meals
- All low fat products
- All fast food outlets
- All canned foods
- All commercially made cakes, pastries, biscuits, crackers, chips and crisps
- All commercially made dips, spreads, sauces
Jo’s tips for staying committed to LHI
- Listen to your body and what it is “feeling”. It will tell you what it needs and it’s often not what you “think” it’s needing.
- Always eat breakfast.
- Make sure all meals, including breakfast, have all three food groups – carbohydrate, protein and fat – and are in the ratio that best suits your body. For some it can be the same ratio at each meal, for others it may vary throughout the day.
- Drink plenty of quality water between meals. To know how much your body needs each day, use the following equation: 0.033 x body weight kg.
- Plan ahead – create a week’s meal plan and shopping list food lists above.
- Make double for dinner and take to work for lunch.
- Invest in a slow cooker, they are great for fast people.
- Travel with easy healthy snacks like some raw organic nuts and an apple.
- Avoid drinking alcohol on an empty stomach, always have some quality fat like a piece of cheese, some nuts, chicken liver pate or avocado to slow done the insulin response.
- If the food wasn’t around when your great grandmother was alive, don’t eat it!
- Spend 2 minutes each day in love and gratitude for all that you are, all that you have and all that you wish to become.