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Posted Jul 12 2010 12:00am

I spout food snobbery in 160-character bouts on occasion.

The last year has been filled with change for me – moving, marriage, and a total nutritional overhaul. Developing an eye for health and wellness was important because I want Husband and myself to have a long, happy and healthy life together. I have no other agenda.

I got sick of seeing words like “added fiber!” and “nutrient-enriched!” on the food I bought. Can’t I get my fiber and nutrients from sources that come with the goods naturally? I knew in my heart that God and Mother Nature created appropriate sustenance for us, more so than General Mills. And I wanted to stop buying in to the profit-driven marketing that screams to us that we need calcium from artificially lactating cows, fiber from cereal, and B-vitamins from 5-hour energy. I KNEW humans were built to succeed. To feel awake, clear-headed, and like a well-oiled machine.

The quality of our fuel determines the quality of our lives.

So here’s what I endeavor to eat: Grass-fed meats, from sustainable local sources as much as possible. Farm-fresh eggs. Vegetables, in seasonal rotation and from local sources as often as possible. Fats from sources like avocado, grass-fed meats, and coconut products. Fruits. Some nuts and seeds. Ample spices.

Variety is essential – luckily there are THOUSANDS of different veggies, fruits, and combinations of meats, veggies, fruits and spices out there for my enjoyment.

I believe humans are simply meant to eat this way. Of course, this holds no promise of profit for companies that produce boxed, processed, fiber-added foods that never spoil. Sorry, General Mills.

My five readers (Hi mom! Hi Jonas brothers! Hi Bonus Jonas!) have expressed enthusiasm at the prospect of me “putting my money where my mouth is” and creating a 30-day road map of what I choose to eat. A few notes: I eat until I’m not hungry anymore. I screw up some recipes. I have treats here and there, usually something like ice cream or chocolate. I avoid gluten and grains like the plague. Sleep and exercise are also an important part of this process. As Coach Rut says, you can’t exercise away misguided nutrition.

Professor Loren Cordain has magnitudes of published research on the science behind this way of eating – that is, exactly WHY I feel so wonderful when I eat this way consistently. You can peruse it (I recommend Cereal Grains: Humanity’s Double-Edged Sword) or you can simply emulate the diet and see for yourself. Or you can check out my Smarter People page for great resources.

Stay tuned for 30 Days posts, starting today.

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