So how do you eat to become invincible? Where is the secret? The secret in invincible diet lies in two words – real food. What does real food means? No, breakfast cereal you buy in your favorite store or that lean frozen meal you had for lunch today are not a real foods.
By eating real food, I mean eating anything that comes straight from the nature, it is not processed, sweetened or preserved for longer lasting. Real food is what the caveman Grobk used to find when he got out from his cave to find something for supper.
Grobk would find some berries, lots of green leafy vegetables, some apples, pears, plums and when he was lucky, he would hunt down a wild pig, rabbit, chicken or a deer. He would bring fresh eggs home if he managed to find them.
Grobk wasn’t stressing about what he should eat and what he shouldn’t, besides from some poisonous berries. Everything found on his trip from the cave was good for his health. And he could eat as much as he wished to without being afraid of getting fat and risking coronary heart disease in the future.
Today, the situation is different. When we get out from our own comfortable warm caves an go food hunting we are having a huge selection to choose from. Supermarket isles are loaded with shiny wrapped tasty stuff. Everything has distinctive flavor in it. The more the better. And most often, the best tasting stuff is the worst for our health. It’s often over salted, over sugared, over processed poison. It is very hard to find the good stuff. We don’t even try! Because that bad stuff is so much tastier. It takes a lot of effort to bring only the real healthy, natural stuff home from grocery shopping.
Change you must
But, if you want to become invincible, you have to overcome this challenge. My trick to this is, that I imagine myself to be a cavemen Grobk, living few thousand years ago. And than with that in mind I go shopping. I buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Lean chicken, turkey, some bacon, nuts, you know the real stuff.
When I buy a chicken, I stop at the isle and do 100 jumping jacks before I grab it. Grobk had to run and expose some energy to catch his chicken. The other day one older lady stopped by me, while I was doing my jumping jacks and asked me what I was doing. I told her than I am hunting a chicken. Than I finished my jumps, grabbed the chicken, smiled at her and without saying anything left.
Don’t eat anything processed
Human body doesn’t recognize anything that is processed. Our bodies didn’t evolve to that level just yet. And it will take a long time before it does. Which leaves us with eating only the stuff that is not processed. The real, natural foods. Yes, if you want to become invincible, you need to eat only unprocessed foods. Caveman Grobk did this without thinking about it. You must think and choose.
Is breakfast cereal you eat in the morning processed. Most likely if it contains any flavor or any sugar. Is orange juice that comes from Florida, that is supposed to be so good for you processed? Yes. And no, it is not good for you. Is the frozen pizza you heat in the oven before you eat it processed? Yes!
In contrary some foods that have a bad reputation like eggs, uncured bacon, whole milk, whole yogurt are not processed and yes, you can eat them. They are good for your health. There is a lot of misleading information out there. You need to learn to recognize it and use your own judgment.
The processed category are all foods that are packaged with some exception of canned beans and some canned fish like sardines and tuna. Processed foods are sweetened, salted, made out of wheat or whole grain flour. Yes, you heard that right, whole grain flour included. To these category belong also all processed meats like sausages, head cheeses, salamis and other meat processed products.
The only exception of processed food you can eat is olive oil. Yes, in fact olive oil is a processed food. It is squeezed out of olives. That’s processing.
What you are left with are the real foods. All kinds of vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, all fruit choices, fresh meats you cook yourself, whole dairy products, nuts, seeds. You can add tofu, some whole dairy products and canned fish.
Add disgusting but very healthy foods to your diet
There are some very healthy foods out there, that let’s just say it mildly, are not very tasty. Ok, they are pretty disgusting.
I eat foods like that. I hated eating them before, because they tasted awful. But now I got used to eating them. And I am getting every bit of health benefit out of them. If you meet me on the street, you might often notice that I smell like a fish. While it might bother you, it doesn’t bother me. I eat all kinds of canned fish, stinky vegetables, garlic, onion and I love it!
Sardines in can
This could be a very healthy, convenient lunch for you, if you accept, that it won’t taste that great. But, your health is very important to you, so you go for it. And over time, you won’t be able to live without sardines.
I eat sardines in water, with very low sodium at least once per week.
Can of sardines has about 30 grams of protein. It is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and it doesn’t have any mercury in it.
I usually ad some first cold pressed olive oil and eat it with another disgusting for many people food – raw brussels sprouts.
Other foods that are not that tasty but exceptionally beneficial for your health:
Brussels sprouts, broccoli, purple cabbage
Wild canned salmon
Beans and garbanzo beans
Kale leafs – salad
Low sodium tomato sauce
Raw onion and garlic
100% dark chocolate
Yes it is out there. The 100% cacao chocolate with 0 grams of sugar. It is bitter, it sticks to your tongue and it is disgustingly delicious. I want you to get used to eating 100% cacao chocolate as your desert. You will not put any sugar into your system. Cacao is rich in antioxidants and has something in it very health beneficial, that’s not truly explained. It protects against many dangerous diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers and others.
Add spices to your meals
Spices make good healthy natural foods a power foods. They are very beneficial to our health. They make foods richer in antioxidants and fiber. Sometimes their benefits are not truly understood, but other times their benefits are showing to be huge.
Adding spices to crappy food and not exercising enough and generally leading unhealthy lifestyle will not save your health and you won’t become invincible. However, if your overall lifestyle is already great, they can enhance your invincibility. So why not to introduce spices to your lifestyle.
My favorite spices are:
Red chili peppers
After I cook my eggs for breakfast I cover them with black pepper, red Cajun pepper, parsley and oregano to the point you will not recognize what is under it all. That’s how much spices I use. I put cinnamon wherever I can. And I use huge amount of other spices whenever I cook something. I don’t put little bit here and little bit there of certain spice. I put huge amount here and huge amount there of spices.
The common sense is to use spices in moderation. I don’t follow it. Use your own judgment and see how your body reacts to certain spices. By all means start with moderate amount of spices. But use them everyday and often.
Add more fat to your diet
Now, you probably think that I am crazy. This is about becoming invincible and I am telling you to eat more fat. Isn’t the fat the worst enemy to our health? No it isn’t. Actually adding fat to your diet can seriously improve your health.
How could fat be good for our health?
Fat plays very important role in our bodies. It’s the least harmful source of energy for us to take. It slows entry of carbohydrates and simple sugars to our bloodstream. With that it prevents insulin and sugar spikes in our blood. These spikes are the most dangerous things happening in our bodies. They create inflammation in our arteries, which makes fertile conditions for plaque forming. And that is a serious thread to our cardiovascular system. Fat is helping to prevent these sugar spikes, by slowing carbohydrates down.
Fat in our diet helps us to feel full longer, so we eat less. It’s delicious and we can only benefit from eating more of the right ones.
So which fats are best for us?
The best fats for us are in naturally occurring foods like nuts, seeds, avocados, fish, all kinds of meats, eggs and dairy products. Naturally occurring fats are all harmless for us. Saturated fat included. Yes, you heard that right. Saturated fat that is mainly in animal products and coconut is good healthy source of energy.
The misleading fact that fat in natural form is bad for our health will take very long time to fix. It is ingrained in us. We have been all brainwashed to believe this.
I remember having this conversation with a famous DNA scientist. This is a world famous, brilliant guy who travels all around the world to teach his craft. I was unsuccessfully trying to explain to him why saturated fat is not harmful and how it could actually improve our health. Of course, he disagreed with me. “Saturated fat is our enemy. And we should eat less of it,” he said.
Now, who would you believe? Of course you would believe the famous DNA scientist what he is saying and not some guy with eastern European accent talking to you. And that’s my point. The fact that fat is ingrained in our brains as our biggest health enemy is here to stay.
But, I encourage you to dig a little bit deeper. Venture out of your field to learn something new and do a little research about what really causes heart attacks. And then dig even deeper and find out what causes the causes of heart attacks. You will be really surprised what you’ll find.
Fats to avoid
Of course there are some terrible fats out there. They are called trans fats. If you want to be healthy and invincible you have to avoid trans fats. These are manufactured fats that are added to commercial products like cookies, energy bars, baked goods and you can find them in almost all processed foods.
One of the products that had trans fats in it before and possibly still has, even do they say it doesn’t, I use to indulge in the past is the hazelnut spread Nutella. Firs, Nutella seems like a healthy choice. It’s made from hazelnuts and some cocoa butter. But when you look on the ingredient list, you will find names like palm oil. Palm oil itself is not bad for your health. It comes from plum like looking fruit that palm trees produce and its widely used in African and south east Asian countries for cooking. But in our world palm oil that is used for commercial products like Nutella is more likely to be processed and partially hydrogenated too. Nutella says it’s palm oil is not hydrogenated. Do I believe them? No. Do I believe the regulators, that check the product ingredient list and compare it to what it really contains? No. I don’t. Anyway having about 60% of calories coming from fat, majority of it from palm oil and not nuts and about 40% from sugar, you shouldn’t be eating Nutella anyway.
Even majority of peanut butter out there contain plenty of trans fat. The key in choosing the right one not only when shopping for peanut butter is to read the ingredients list. If you see palm oil or any other exotic name in peanut butter ingredient list, don’t buy it. It’s most likely loaded with trans fats for better taste.
The best way to avoid trans fats is to buy plain products. Like for example peanut butter, that contains only peanuts and nothing else. Or coconut milk, that contains only coconut milk and nothing else. If you buy something creamy and packaged that has more than 3 things on the ingredient list, it’s most likely enhanced for better taste with some trans fats.
Here are the 10 food products with the most trans fats content:
Spreads and margarines
Chips and crackers
Candy and cookies
The best way to increase good fat in your diet
The best way to increase fat in your diet is by making sure that every meal you eat contains some fat. For example, if you have a lean chicken breast with salad for dinner, you add some olive oil into it. Or when you eat a piece of fruit, you eat some nuts with it, or eat some right peanut butter with it. When eating a dairy products like yogurt, milk, buttered milk and cottage cheese, you go for whole stuff. That means full fat products.
My favorite meals that are loaded with good natural fats are:
Eggs with bacon.
Fruits eaten with almond and peanut butter, or with some nuts.
Salad that literally swims in first cold pressed olive oil.
Whole yogurt with berries
Shakes that are made with some frozen fruits and whole coconut milk.
Protein shake thats made of two full spoons of peanut butter, some ground flax seeds, banana and whole milk.
All these foods are very fat. They are very rich in fat. I eat these all the time. And I am pushing it even further and adding more fat to my day. And surprisingly, you will hardly see a leaner guy than me out there. I have clearly visible six pack abs, my overall body fat percentage is between 7-9%, my blood pressure is perfect: humming around 120/70 all the time. I feel great, I am always energized. My endurance is incredible. I feel fantastic!
You would think that guy like me, indulging in fat in his diet will be overweight, tired and sick. But the opposite is the truth. I am healthy, lean and I perform like an animal. Why? Increase fat in your diet, cut the bad stuff, move, do everything that’s necessary to become invincible and you will see. Its really worth it!