When you absolutely need something, you will figure out ways to get it done. This has been true throughout human history and will continue to be true for ages to come. Be it figuring out how to make fire or finding a way to watch porn at work. Anything is possible and can be accomplished IF the need arises. Because our ancestors already figured out how to make fire and because helping you watch porn at work is currently not on the top of my to-do list, I’ll stick to helping you form a diet based on real foods.
We all have certain foods we eat and certain foods that we don’t. For example,
- Vegetarians don’t eat animal products.
- People allergic to nuts don’t eat nuts or foods containing nuts.
- People with lactose intolerance don’t eat milk products.
Though these folks have these health/moral/religious constraints stopping them from eating certain foods, they still eat darn delicious meals every day! How? Shouldn’t people with greater constraints have lesser food choices and hence find it really hard to eat good food? This is where the necessity-invention thing comes into play.
A meat eater might think a vegetarian’s food life is pretty sad and a vegetarian might think a vegans food life is pathetic. But that isn’t true because people learn to cook delicious meals with whatever foods they can eat. Check out cookbooks for the meat lovers, for the vegans, for the celiacs, for the vegetarians and even for the fruitarians! Amazing isn’t it?!
Unfortunately all our meals for most of our lives have revolved around grains of some form or the other. Now this makes it impossible for us to even consider a meal without grains as a complete meal. I’m not denying that the change is hard. I had to struggle through it too. But the return for investment is so freakin awesome that is all worth it.
So what’s my point here?
- Making the change is the investment (time and effort).
- The investment is minimal (couple of weeks at most) considering the lifelong returns you get.
The first and most important step is to define your pantry. This is an example of how your pantry (refrigerator included) should look.
- Spinach, mushroom, broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper, green onion, red onion, garlic, ginger, tomato, zucchini, asparagus, carrots, green beans, avocado
- Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, cherry, orange, sweet potato
- Chicken, wild salmon, tuna, sardines, grass-fed beef, omega-3 eggs
- Shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil/butter, macadamia nuts, cashews, almonds, almond butter, olive oil, ghee/butter
- Whole milk, unsalted cottage cheese, high quality cheese, 80% dark chocolate, coffee, tea, honey
- Turmeric, cumin, chili flakes, oregano, cinnamon, salt, paprika (or other spices)
- Rice, bread, pasta, oats, candy, chocolate bars, ice cream, soda
- Medicine Cabinet: Whey protein, fish oil, multi-vitamin.
Assume you live in a house where only these items are available (that would be my house btw and you would be bloody strong and healthy if you lived in there!).
You’re thinking: “What?! This is all I have to make my meals with??”
I’m saying: “Damn!! You have ALL this to make your meals!”
I’ve listed 49 food items here. Considering all these items taste different and there is sweet, salty, spicy, tangy and bitter ingredients available to play with, there is no flippin way you can tell me this is not enough stuff for an awesome meal. Heck, even if you pick 10 random items from the list, put them in a pot and cook them with salt and pepper you will come up with something that tastes pretty awesome. (Trial before talk please!)
Trust me… once you set your mind that these are the only foods you will eat, you will come up with shockingly delicious recipes! The whole necessity-invention thing again. This article by Robb Wolf on Tem Ferriss’s blog will give you every bloody reason you need to stay away from grains and especially gluten. Very very highly recommended read.
This WILL change your life! Food quality is so damn important it’s not funny. The minute you start eating real foods like you were meant to, your body will respond.
Try this for a couple of months. I’m saying…
- You will be fueling your body with top class ingredients which are brimming with all the essential vitamins and minerals and proteins and fiber and fats!
- You will lose weight without counting calories or weighing and measuring your food (assuming you don’t so something crazy like dump a cup of honey on everything you eat).
- Your energy will be up throughout the day. No more post-meal crashes.
- Your performance in your sport/activity will sky rocket.
- Your immune system will be rocking and you wouldn’t have to worry about the annoying coughing neighbor at work.
- You will likely reverse any chronic diseases (asthma, fatigue, PCOS, diabetes etc.) you are currently suffering from.
Worst case: This doesn’t work and you didn’t eat your favorite foods for ~ 8 weeks.
Best Case: You’re a brand new person – disease free, leaner, healthier, stronger and more energized!
Fair deal right?
Note: Do not misconstrue the post to mean that I recommend being fruitarian or vegan. Because I don’t. Not in a million years.