My philosophy is all about getting healthy through food and proper nutrition. This involves eating REAL food instead of processed foods, and eating the kinds of foods we ate 200 years ago – before the processed food revolution hooked us on instant gratification and tore us away from our kitchens.
Heck, even as recent as 40 years ago, we spent time every day in our kitchens, cooking real food that had one ingredient for each item. These items didn’t need a food label or nutrition facts either, because the ingredient list was just one word – like, “spinach” or, “salmon.”
Then along came the processed food revolution, starting with TV dinners and fueled by high fructose corn syrup. People were drawn to the convenience and money-saving factors of food in a box or a bag and gradually traded their stoves and ovens for microwaves.
Recently, as I was looking for a new place to live, one of my top requirements was that it have a rockin’ kitchen. As I was talking to agents and realtors, we were discussing the humor and irony in the fact that nice kitchens are a huge selling point, yet they are rarely used nowadays. Most people want to buy a place with a nice kitchen, but they typically eat out most of the time, and when they do find themselves in their nice fancy kitchen, it’s only to use the microwave.
All the convenient prepackaged and processed foods available now are reinforcing the “instant gratification” nerve pathways in our brains, making those stronger and weakening the pathways in our brains that used to be drawn to the art of food preparation. In fact, for most people, food preparation is downright annoying, where just 40 years ago, it was something that people actually looked forward to. I know I do, because it exercises my brain due to the creative process, gives me a feeling of satisfaction, allows me to unplug and destress, and is even therapeutic in a way, putting me in a good mood.
The same instant gratification nerve pathways that we are reinforcing in our brains with convenience meals are also reinforced with the high sugar content and “fast carb” content of these prepared foods, which gives the brain a temporary “high” that is very addicting. Then, when the subsequent “low” hits the system, the cycle starts all over again with the craving for the chemical “high” along with the insatiable desire to fulfill that craving as fast as possible, which of course, creates the demand for the “convenience food” that can just be popped in the microwave, since it’s so much faster than using the stove or oven.
People often tell me that they “just don’t have the time” to cook their food and prepare things in the kitchen, but that’s really not the case at all. Those same people often the time to eat out in restaurants, and that actually takes longer than spending time in the kitchen. Don’t believe it? Well, let’s just look at a typical visit to the restaurant and break it down by time spent. This of course is different for every restaurant, so I’ll just present it as a list here and you can imagine the time required for your particular experiences:
Now for comparison sake, let’s look at the time required to cook at home:
You’re done! Steps 11 - 16 from above aren’t necessary either. You’ve also saved a ton of money, and those savings are easy to calculate in your head because you don’t have brain fog and you are much more intelligent because of the clean organic food you just ate.
If you really are as busy as you claim, then you should get back in your kitchen and get your time back there!
It’s a fact: busy people cook in their kitchen. They have to. They can’t afford the time required to eat out.
The real reason people eat out is because society, convenience and processed/prepared foods have pulled them out of their kitchen, and we are fatter and less healthy because of it.
It’s time to get back in your kitchen!
Remember when you were a kid, how you could stay skinny despite eating whatever you wanted? Well, here’s a video with some practical ways for you can get that kind of metabolism back at any age!
Here’s a video of a talk I did on this subject. My goal is to get the truth out there – that calories really don’t matter and balancing your hormones is what matters most.
Millions of people prove every year that diets and calorie restriction does not work with the human physiology, yet they keep trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. This perpetual frustration (and frankly, insanity) can be stopped with a little understanding of hormones and how they affect health and fat loss in the human body.
Watch and enjoy!
I was interviewed today by Britt Thorson of KOMO 4’s SeattleRefined.com about beginner stair training and it dawned on me that I haven’t written a dedicated post on the subject, so I figured I should!
If you are considering stair workouts as a way to get in shape, you have stumbled onto a true golden nugget because stair training in my opinion is the best exercise on the planet and I’ve got seven reasons why:
1.) It’s the safest sport. Stairs cause the least injuries of any fitness sport. There are several reasons for this claim but one reason is (more…)
Actually, I didn’t even come up with the word myself. I have to give the credit to my friend Angela who came up with it based on a misunderstanding. I was talking with her about flavonoids (also known as flavonols), which is a healthy component in healthy foods, and she thought I said flabonoids. After a copious amount of belly laughter, it dawned on me that flabonoids is the perfect word to be the antithesis of the word flavonoids!
Healthy foods like kale, broccoli, berries, arugula, asparagus, chia seeds, raw cacao, and tea (to name just a few) contain high amounts of (more…)