You can thrive while eating only a few food groups. You see, no matter what any “expert” tells you, they are 100% wrong when they say that you need whole grains for optimal health. They have either been mislead or are lying to you.
This is also true for red meat. And vegetables.
Wait, what?! Am I serious when I say that you can thrive without eating another vegetable in your life? Or am I just playing games with you?
I’m dead serious (no pun intended).
I do my best to remain completely unbiased. I focus on eating Paleo foods but am not afraid to say that some individuals living in today’s world do better eating properly prepared grains compared to eating raw vegetables.
Food groups is a relative term. The following is how I break down foods into different groups:
- Red meat
- Fish and seafood
- Organ meat
- Eggs (chicken, duck, salmon, etc).
- Fats (butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.)
- Fruit (including coconut)
I think this covers all edible foods. If you think I can add a group let me know by leaving a comment below. I’ll edit the list as I see fit.
Variety is important but it’s a relevant term. It seems as if most people think this means you need to eat every single food group available to us. This is a lie.
You can get all the nutrients you need to thrive into your 80′s from only a few food groups.
Be gentle the next time someone freaks out on you when you tell them you are ditching grains. Ask them if they honestly believe that you must eat every single food group to thrive. Tell them to think about it without any distractions. Then you can have a pleasant conversation (perhaps debate) about it later.
Additionally, please don’t tell anyone that Paleo is all about eating a bunch of red meat. It’s not. It’s far from it. Can some people thrive eating a lot of red meat? Certainly. Some can thrive eating a lot of white potatoes too. It all depends on the individual.
So, what do you need in order to thrive? A mix of plant and animal foods.
Your personal needs will vary. Without proper supplementation, vegans can not thrive for life. Neither can human carnivores. Why? Because we are omnivores.
My best tip is to experiment. Begin eating what you think makes you feel awesome. Eat a lot of those foods. Then try new foods and tinker from there. No one knows what is best for your own body outside of YOU. A respectable doctor or someone like Mark Sisson may help a lot but it ultimately comes down to you being in tune with your own needs and feelings.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree? Sound off in the comments below. I’d love to get a civilized debate going about this topic that probably 99% of the population disagrees with.