Quinoa or steel-cut oats? WHAT details matter.
So, do you like steel-cut oats?
The first thing I heard behind me getting off the treadmill after my HIIT sprint 15-minute training.
It took me by surprise I must say.
Just finished running like a gazelle, my brain was still not sure what just happened.
And I don’t hear that question often first thing in the morning.
The guy behind me, asked again,
“Do you like to eat steel-cut oats?”
I wasn’t sure where he was going with that.
“No, I don’t actually eat any oats or any grains. Vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and seeds — that’s what I eat.
Oh man, I know I should quit grains too, but it’s so hard! It’s so addictive! I just feel like I got to have them!
Quinoa is better, right? Do you eat quinoa?”
It made me think, about a lot of those questions I get often, about those tiny tiny details about food, about meals.
There are details, that matter, something, that you do every single day, something, that we make into a habit, like having vegetable oil in our meals on a daily basis, even in small amounts used to cook food — that damage accumulates and screws up our big efforts to improve our health.
But details like, quinoa over oatmeal? Is an apple better than a pear? Is broccoli better than kale?
Eating small amount of sugar on a daily basis on top of all other not so healthy practices of our modern civilization — that matters.
Best vegetable for weight loss? Cucumber over tomato? Quinoa or oatmeal? — No difference (quality matters though, oats in sugar-loaded granola are not the same as steel-cut oats)
Before all these questions we got to realize one thing — very often we can’t see the forest for the trees.
Are you otherwise eating 100% perfectly (or close to it)? Is 99% of your diet good quality whole food — vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, fresh meat and fish prepared in a healthy way? Did you stop eating sugar? Processed food?
Or are you still struggling to eat every single meal in a whole food form?
Food-like products are not whole foods.
Whole food has one ingredient that was once alive and growing or running: plants (that are meant for human consumption) — vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, herbs; animals and animal products of good quality from healthy animals — meat, fish, organ meats, unpasteurized dairy, fermented foods.
Have many ingredients, a lot of them were not growing or running recently (Being once a whole food, doesn’t mean it’s good enough, sugar is made of sugar beets or cane too).
The more ingredients the more processed the food is. The more stuff is done to food, the more processed it is.
“Just because you can put something in your mouth, chew it, swallow it, and then poop it out doesn’t mean it’s food. It just means you can chew it, swallow it, and poop it out.”
― Cameron Díaz, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body
“Peanuts. Just because there is “NUT” in the English word, doesn’t mean it’s good-for-humans food.
Soap NUTS have “NUT” too, have you had them recently?”
Healthy lifestyle trivia
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
Daily Bite of Health