A Healthy Diet

I have been trying to do some research on a healthy diet. This did not involve just reading about foods or watching videos, but also some self-experimentation. I learned some things that are interesting.

When I eat too much protein I get constipated, to the point I need laxatives. The human body just does not need or is able to process tons of protein. You need some, which we can easily get from basic foods, but too much clogs up the system.

I found that I seem to lose weight only on plant-based foods. I am at about 220 pounds body weight now, and need to drop another 50 pounds of fat. The weight does not come off when I eat meat, eggs, and dairy. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables now, get my protein from beans and lentils, and make sure to have some fiber running through my guts to flush out the crap.

Now, the web. There are so many conflicts about diet on the web it beggars description. People get really bent out of shape about what they eat and about what other people eat. You have the vegans on one side, saying only eat plants, and you have the carnivores on the other saying only eat meat. The only people in the middle are the ones eating twinkies. And they argue with each other, a lot. My own opinion is that I am not going to change how other people eat, I can only change how I eat myself.

A healthy diet is one that provides you all the macro and micro nutrients you need to support a healthy body weight. It is also a diet that will not promote chronic disease like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. My own opinion is that plant-based foods are right for me because I feel good, my blood pressure has come down to normal, I don’t have weird cravings for things like alcohol, and I am losing some of my excess weight. It is also kinder to animals, as there is none of their suffering in my food.

One thing about vegan foods is that you can eat a good deal of food and still not consume too many calories. Seriously, salad has like 50 calories in a big bowl, unless you load it up with 200 calories of ranch dressing. I even bought some low calorie oil free dressing for my salad, and it is fairly good. Broccoli has very few calories as well, a little protein, and lots of good phytochemicals that can keep estrogen in check if you are a man, as I am. Carrots are full of natural vitamin A, all fruits have good amounts of vitamins, and fresh foods are full of vital energy to keep you wide awake and aware after a meal, not passed out in a tryptophan coma after gobbling down that Thanksgiving gobbler.

What you eat is your own business, but if you are like me and seriously overweight you might consider going vegan in your diet for your health and to lose some excess weight. We live in a world of cheap food that is often unhealthy. If you eat at restaurants or fast food joints, you might consider making a trip to the grocery store and loading up on whole, healthy foods and learning how to cook. Cooking is a basic life and survival skill we all should have. It is also cheaper and cleaner than paying some stranger to prepare and serve your food, and will be a good start on getting your diet under control and getting some healthy nutrition into your body so you can beat whatever problems you have and get back into good shape and live a long, healthy life.

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