The Journey to SANE Eating

I’ve recently been entreated to read the book ‘The Calorie Myth‘ by Johnathan Bailor, and I have to say it has impressed me so far. The principles behind it are firmly rooted in science, and unlike most diets promotes long term change in lifestyle, and tends to focus your attention on what you can eat as opposed to providing an extensive list of banned foods. The book is also great because it keeps the focus on the quality of your food and not the quatities, so long calorie counting! Foods are classified as SANE or inSANE. SANE stands for 4 qualities that foods have: Satiety, Aggression, Nutrition, and Efficiency. These four words provide us with 4 questions to ask of our food; how long will this keep me full? How likely is this to be stored as fat? What is the quality of the nutrients? Finally, how efficiently is this metabolised? Foods that are SANE will keep you full for longer, be unlikely to be stored as fat, have high quality nutrients, and be inefficiently metabolised (the more work your body has to do to break down a food, the less likely it is to be stored as fat). I was pleased to find that a lot of SANE foods I actually really like, and so I’ve done a nice big monthly grocery shop and I’m beginning my journey to SANEity.

I thought I would chronicle my experience firstly, because I am under no pretenses that this will be an easy thing to do, and it’ll be nice to leave an honest account that will hopefully help others. Secondly, it’ll be nice to have some accountability, I’ve spoken soo highly of this book, I should have some documented results. Let the SANEity begin!

In the book, it’s explained how carbs are not SANE, but starchy vegetables are, so in cutting back on carbs the RDA servings of fresh vegetables increases dramatically to ensure that you are still getting enough nutrients to fulfill your body’s needs. The amount of servings needed scared me a little, I couldn’t fathom fitting that many meals in a day. So, I jumped the smoothie band wagon and bought a Magic Bullet by Nutri, and I can honestly say I’m enjoying the product.

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Onto the smoothies though, I tried a pure green smoothie made of spinach, kale, celery, and cucumber, and it was terrible and I thought what have I gotten myself into there’s no way I can do this every day. I persevered with some experimentation though and have found a nice simple smoothie that I like; a revised infinitely better tasting green smoothie; and a nice veg purée that also is great for getting in the veggie servings. My smoothie is made from celery, tomato, cucumber and plain Greek yoghurt; I think this will be my breakfast smoothie for a little while as it is very quick and easy, and leaves me feeling not too full and energized. I’ve always had trouble eating breakfast; food too early in the day just left me feeling ill, too full, and a bit sluggish; not a great way to begin, so I’m glad I’ve been able to make something that fits my needs well. My new and greatly improved green smoothie features the addition of some tomato, and some cottage cheese. My veggie dip is made of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots that have been lightly steamed. I throw in a couple of spices, and have it as an accompaniment to my evening stir fry.

The other SANE meals I have are my lunch; I pack a couple of handfuls of frozen veg with a handful of pieces of meat (chicken/pork); a mid afternoon snack of macadamia and cashew nuts; and for dinner stir fried veggies with some fish. These first couple of days I have had a couple of inSANE foods. I had a couple of brownies, and a fizzy drink, but if other people’s experiences are anything to go by they found their cravings for inSANE stuff really decreased.

Currently I feel like this is sustainable, and I’m enjoying the change, eating breakfast does make me feel a bit better in the morning at least it gets me up and productive a little earlier. I will try and start adding more pictures of my foods as this goes on. I hope you enjoy joining me on this journey and maybe be inspired to start your own path to health and wellbeing.

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