The Right Mix

If you are following the diet studies, a far more sophisticated lot than we have had in times past, you see that the big picture is this: get a healthy balance of grass-fed proteins, fats and complex carbs. Avoid processed and manufactured foods and simple carbs. Eat fruit in limited quantities (to avoid getting over your sugar limit) and as fresh as possible.

The protein and fat part is easy — you’re eating the right ones from JVF. Eat that until you are satisfied — calorie-counting is not necessary because these foods are self-regulating. When you have filled your body’s needs, it tells you to stop. Sugars have the opposite effect — when you have too much, the body calls for even more.

Add in some seafood and the right oils. Olive does it for me, but there are others. Seafood comes in as our weekly eating-out meal. The more complicated issue for most of us is the question of vegetables and fruits.

The right vegetables: vegetables that are high in fiber and phytonutrients are where you want to be. Here are some favored examples:

  • The lettuces and spinach, kale, parsley and arugula
  • Cabbage (my favorite)
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • String beans
  • Tomato
  • Snow peas

Fruits: limit these because of their high sugar content but include them because of their complex fiber and nutritional value.

  • All berries
  • ApplesCherries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Oranges

The list of good fruits and vegetables is longer and can be found on the internet. The ones listed here are the most popular.

Take the sensible path to eating. Eat like Thomas Jefferson.

JVF