A text from a friend I’m staying with at the moment,
“Are you hungry? Want to go out for lunch?
No, thanks. I’m good. I already had some nuts for lunch.
Nuts?! Are you NUTS?! J It’s not real food!
I’m going to grab a sandwich then somewhere, want one?”
I get into these kinds of conversations from time to time when I tell people about my food choices, what I eat on a daily basis.
Somehow what I eat most people don’t see as the REAL FOOD.
People think I’m starving myself and I’m some kind of freak of nature getting stronger fitter and healthier at the same time.
What IS real food?
What IS food for?
Why is it so many of us in western society see foods produced by nature and not changed much as NOT real food but … I don’t know… a snack… an entertainment… something that can’t nourish us and support vitality, health, energy, fitness, muscle and strength growth, mental performance?
Why is sandwich for my friend (and I bet for many of you) is real food and nuts is not?
Let’s look at calories alone.
Nuts (270 g of mixed unsalted nuts, 2 cups):
Around 1600 calories
Sandwich (grilled chicken):
Around 500 calories
Let’s look at nutrition value (how well the food will nourish you).
Amount Per 2 cups, 268 g, (google it):
Calories 1600 % Daily Value Total Fat 144 g 220% Saturated fat 14 g 120% Polyunsaturated fat 40 g Monounsaturated fat 76 g Trans fat 0.2 g Cholesterol 0 mg 0% Sodium 14 mg 2% Potassium 1700 mg 50% Total Carbohydrate 56 g 18% Dietary fiber 18 g 72% Sugar 12 g Protein 54 g 108%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2% Calcium 30% Iron 40% Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 50% Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 150%
Amount Per 1(230 g) Calories 419 % Daily Value Total Fat 11 g 16% Saturated fat 2.2 g 11% Polyunsaturated fat 4.2 g Monounsaturated fat 3.1 g Cholesterol 92 mg 30% Sodium 982 mg 40% Potassium 453 mg 12% Total Carbohydrate 39 g 13% Dietary fiber 2.1 g 8% Sugar 7 g Protein 40 g 80%
Vitamin A 7% Vitamin C 9% Calcium 14% Iron 19% Vitamin D 1% Vitamin B-6 35% Vitamin B-12 8% Magnesium 13%
Look at the calories (I don’t pay any attention to calories personally). Look at the protein (54 g in nuts VS 40 g in sandwich!!!). Look at the carbohydrates and fiber (Fiber is a carbohydrate too, just not digestible). Look at the vitamins and minerals.
How is sandwich real food and nuts not?
And keep in mind I didn’t even put in the nuts I usually eat, that have even better nutritional profile when it comes to vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats. And I took as an example pretty healthy sandwich without all the “great” toppings we and food providers tend to add.
That being said, nuts as opposed to sandwich, will make my body work much harder to absorb the nutrients and the nutrients will be absorbed slowly, gradually, providing nutrition for a long time! I might not feel hungry for a couple of days! For a day for sure.
And nutrients from nuts will be absorbed better and produce better hormonal response than a sandwich. (= LEANER, HEALTHIER, MORE PRODUCTIVE YOU)
How is sandwich (or whatever you might consider real food) real food and all that “chicken” food (That’s what my father calls my diet) is not?
I’m not a vegan or even vegetarian. Sometimes I eat fish. I love eggs sometimes. Sometimes I even like chicken (Even though I honestly consider chicken useless food because there is not so much nutrition in it at all, except protein. And protein, believe it or not, is the second LEAST important nutrient for your body, as proteins are recycled in our body all the time, plus most foods provide more than enough for a modern “homo-sedentary” human. Plants or not.)
So I do eat animal food sometimes. I have nothing against it, when it’s of a good quality. But what I found, my body does much better on plant foods, like non-starchy fresh and steamed vegetables, nuts and seeds, much better than on protein rich foods. I don’t follow any diet. I do what my body wants and craves, and what feels the best at the moment, and creates the best mental and physical performance.
Basically, as Michael Pollan says:
And 7 rules that summarize this VERY short book you can find here.
Choose Food Over Food-Like Substances, Food Writer Michael Pollan
Recent science confirms more and more often, that eating barely enough is much better long term for our health, vitality, performance and longevity, better than overfeeding and eating more nutrients (especially proteins and carbs of questionable quality).
So yes, I’m not NUTS to choose nuts over sandwich for lunch. — When people say something like this to you, send them here, or I’ll talk to them.
Grab a pack of dry-roasted non-salted mixed nuts for lunch instead of a usual sandwich (or food like products) today. (Why non-salted? There is too much salt in our food already, and you can always add a bit, if you want, it’s hard to take it out, when it’s too much).
More energy, clear thinking, clear mind and non-sleepy day guaranteed!
Plus you’d be surprised how long it’ll keep you full!
It’s good for you! And your 6-pack