Real Food - Real Life
Westerners aren’t typically faced with a food shortage. In fact, the opposite may be
true: we have too much food to choose from. What foods we choose to eat, however, can directly impact our
bodies in a negative or positive way.
Furthermore, food is much more than just calories or energy. Food actually
communicates with your genes and the kind of food you eat gives your genes different information, helping
them direct your body. Genes, in fact, regulate your entire biochemistry and physiology, including the
production of hormones, brain chemicals, blood pressure, cholesterol, moods, metabolism, weight and the aging
And we need real food for real life. Here’s why: our bodies are in a constant
state of regeneration, a process made possible by what we eat. That’s why it’s necessary to eat foods made up
of the same biochemical’s our bodies are comprised of, such as plants and animals found in nature, not the
man-made non-foods or other substances found in our modern diet.
Diana Schwarzbein, M.D., author of The Schwarzbein Principle, says that
instead of real foods, we eat manufactured food products, assuming that these substances are healthy to
consume. They’re not. The introduction of chemicals as food—instead of eating real food—has harmed
humans at the cellular level, resulting in earlier aging and in degenerative health issues.
Schwarzbeing says, “If we could see the intricate biochemical processes going on
within our bodies, we would be appalled at the damage we do to ourselves when we ingest chemicals—the
man-made foods, which are really ‘non-foods.’ For example, if after drinking a diet soda we could actually
see what occurs on a cellular level—how the molecules, hormones and enzymes become imbalanced—it would be
apparent that such a substance is bad for our bodies."
She continues, "But because the damage happens out of sight, we continue to travel
along the accelerated metabolic aging track, and our health deteriorates slowly over a long period of time.
Then when we gain body fat or have a health crisis, it seems as though the problem manifested itself
Diet soda is only one example of the non-food items we choose from on a daily basis.
There are 320,000 processed foods and beverages competing for our food dollars in this country, and 116,000
of them have been introduced since 1990. Most of these are candy, gum, and snack foods, with $30
billion spent in marketing these non-foods to both adults and children.
The bottom line is that our bodies were never meant for non-foods; we need whole,
unprocessed foods—foods close to their natural state as possible. The truth is that whole foods speak to your
genes in their native tongue and help your body function as it should.
Make sure you’re choosing real food for a real life. - Dr Rubin
Working The Pyramid Principle
Have you ever heard the phrase: “you are what you eat?” Well, that
is only part of the story. You are WHEN you eat also! In other words, if your meal strategy is upside down, so
will your figure be. I bet you are slightly confused right now…
Let me explain: What is food? It is energy for the
If food = energy, when do we need the most energy… before we go to
bed or when we get up to start the day? Of course, when we get up! When should we eat our biggest meal based on
energy requirements? Breakfast, lunch, then dinner. That’s right. We are completely upside down! What is the
typical American diet?
How about a Pop-tart for breakfast, burger and fries for lunch,
spaghetti and meatballs with sauce, garlic bread, milk and dessert for dinner? You ideally want your daily meal
plan to be an upside down triangle, filtering the least amount of calories to the end of the day, and giving the
body the most at the beginning of the day so that it has all day to burn them off.
Have oatmeal, eggs and some fresh fruit for
A chicken Caesar wrap for lunch with a side of raw carrots and
hummus Kabobs for dinner with a tossed salad.
Notice how the calorie count got smaller with each meal? You always
want to eat the least amount of calories before you go to sleep. Since you are not expending energy moving
around, your body will take the food and store it in your fat cells for a rainy day. Your body is much more
forgiving in the mornings and lunchtime.
IF you want to have bad unhealthy foods or consume large amounts of
calories, DO IT FOR BREAKFAST! You will have more time to burn it off.