I’ve never been one for diets. I find them too restrictive and generally don’t work because you are putting yourself in a state of denial, and our minds don’t work with that too well.
I am one for healthy living and good nutrition though.
I have fallen by the wayside these past couple of years with that thanks to the all consuming blogging lifestyle. Seems to be a common problem.
Craig and I did a liver cleansing diet before we were married. It was full of healthy food choices, basically the exclusion of red meat and dairy.We both lost a lot of weight and felt really great.I recently came across Dr John Tickell’s book, “The Great Australian Diet.” He is the doctor that was seen on Celebrity Overhaul (don’t know what that is but apparently he is good at what he does).
It was recommended to me by my father, someone who used to eat just plain and simple steak and three veg a night. Wouldn’t touch anything else.
Until he had a health scare and decided he needed to investigate a more nutritious diet and, dare I say, alternative health care. It still spins me out when I hear him talk about superfoods and visits to the chiro.
Is this really you Dad?
He has always been a super fit man and loves sports and being active. He’s 70 and plays for Australia in the over 60’s cricket team.
He discovered the book and gave it to me to have a look at. Dr John Tickell’s advice about good eating makes so much sense to me.
It is not a diet really, but a way of changing your food habits so that you eat to live rather than live to eat.
It’s based on the diet of the Okinawa people of Japan. A culture who lives the longest and has no incidence of obesity, extremely low rates of cancer and heart disease and no elderly rest homes because they don’t need them….
..that was until their children began being influenced by Western food and boy you should see the difference.
His philosophy is based on my own and so bloody simple. Eat mostly foods that come from the Earth and have not had human interference. Lay off the animal products because they are full of bad cholesterol and fats.
I love how he slams the Atkins diet (whose founder died of a heart attack, just quietly) and all those low carb diets that promote eating less foods like bananas, tomatoes, and other high carb fruit and veg in favour for more meat.
I have met people who have told me of various low carb diets they are on and the food they can’t eat. My reaction has always been, how does that make sense?
Why would you stop eating fruits and veg? Okay so maybe lay off bowls and bowls of pasta, but fruit and veg?
And I know from my own personal experience that eating rice three times a day is also not bad. Yes. These diets will tell you not to eat rice.
Let’s look at the Asian population, rice is their main staple, and until Western food was introduced, there were little cases of obesity and heart related health conditions.
I have also lived in Thailand, and spent probably close to a year travelling around Asia. I ate rice all day long, and it was the thinnest and healthiest I have ever been!
So The Great Australian Diet rocks.
What is also so great about it, is that it is simple and easy to do, and is pretty much not that different to how I eat anyway.
The first couple of days involve cleansing, so we haven’t eaten much more than minestrone soup and fruit. It has been hard as we are retraining our habits and getting rid of the crap we have digested lately.
We will do a cleanse day once a week from now on and then basically we just have to eat 15 plant foods a day and follow the 1/3 2/3 rule which is 1/3 of your plate should be meat (for us fish and kangaroo), and 2/3 veg.
We also should be walking every day, doing strength exercises (can’t do these yet as I am still surgery recovering) and making sure each day we cuddle someone, laugh, relax, sleep well, and be nice.
What other diets require you to do that?
I tell you after three days I am already feeling less sluggish and can feel the slimming down start to occur.
Thanks for the recommendation Dad!
“Nuchi gusui” That is Okinawan for “May your food and lifestyle heal”
You can buy the book at Amazon. The Great Australian Diet (The Atkins Alternative) (yes it is an affiliate link which will make me peanuts!)
What sort of diets or nutritious eating plan do you follow? What have your results been like?