The 100 year diet

As I said in my last post, I would create a diet program since everyone else has as well.  I don’t feel that there is much value added in the concept itself, other than the fact that if I synthesize the right content on this page, it will save FPO readers from buying into some paid “program” that’s out there when that money could be spent on more useful things.

Here’s the total diet concept:

  1. No detox needed here.  Having a healthy daily routine is good enough.
  2. Keep a low sodium intake.  The DASH methodology works well here.  1500 mg/day is the max.
  3. Calories = pounds, but keep in mind, not all calories are created equal.
    1. With this, consume hard to digest foods sparingly; red meats, alcohol, and dairy
    2. A pound of fat is equivalent to 3500 calories, but cutting calories isn’t good enough.  If you don’t have a rounded diet to support, your metabolism will adjust.
  4. Genetics is very difficult, but not impossible to overcome.
  5.  Low sugar intake: FPO recommends targeting 12 grams daily.  See here for more details.
  6. Avoid bleached, bromated, and refined foods.  This refers primarily to sugars and flours, but anything process is not good.  The U.S. is the current champion of these foods, which is why I rate the international foods aisles and stores so well.
    1. For sugars, go with turbinado, muscovado, demerarra, and palm sugars.
    2. For flours go with whole grains, rye, oat based, rice based, etc.
  7. This is the most critical part:  If a food wasn’t made the same way before 1900, stay away.  I call this the 100 year diet.  Twinkies, soda, juice concentrate, and most U.S. candies are a bad idea.  Homemade breads, whole foods, beer, and the good parts of life; like a quality scotch are a good idea.

All of the above is good, but what does it translate to in real life:

  1. For breakfast my norm is 1/4 cup of mixed nuts, an apple, a banana, whole grain cereal or oats, an English muffin, with the occasional omelette.  Infrequent options include bacon, sausage, eggs, and homemade hash browns.
  2. On a somewhat full stomach I may add in a light treat so that the sugars will be absorbed more slowly.
  3. Lunch is usually takes the form of dinner leftovers or a sandwich.  For the sandwich, rye bread is a favorite, horseradish mustard is a must, and the meat will be ham off of a whole ham, or turkey right off of a cooked full bird.
  4. Everyday has a salad in it.  Lots of veggies, either for lunch or dinner.
  5. There will be 2 more pieces of fruit consumed throughout the day.  Asian pears and pomegranates are personal favorites.
  6. Dinner will be homemade.  That is important.  Recipes we cook in our house can be found here.
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About Steve @ FPO
Hello FPO readers, I have been writing on financial topics for about 12 years now, but I have only recently reignited the fire of publishing online. I have to say, its good to be back. I am an electrical engineer by trade who enjoys all topics engineering and financial. I started Financial Place Online (FPO) to create a value added financial news and education website that would provide a refreshing daily financial read. Financial Place Online websites are built around the principles of consumer empowerment, leveling the playing field, zero spam tolerance, and none of those annoying sidebar or banner ads. For us, it's all about enjoying a good read.

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