"Junk food you've craved for an hour or the body you've craved for a lifetime. Your choice." ~Unknown I'm warning you now that this blog will not be one that you’ll enjoy reading. We have an emotional connection to food and I am going to tell you to eliminate more foods than you would have otherwise ever wanted to (and I'm not just talking about the gluten).
This will probably be the most painful one yet….because what I’m about to tell you requires a great deal of discipline and self-regulation. You need to stop eating some of the foods that you’re currently eating and REPLACE them with healthier choices (which I'll go into in another post in the future). Drop the Cheetos and shove some greens in your mouth - I know it’s not easy!
Yet, it’s extremely necessary if you wish to quell your back or joint pain. Let me explain. Some of the foods you eat are causing inflammation. This inflammation is not limited to ONLY your bones, tissues, and organs but also your BRAIN and your GUT! This is not what you want if you wish to be happy, or pain-free. Anything that affects your gut will affect your brain.
If you’re intolerant to certain foods then it’ll produce inflammation no matter what. Most people are very intolerant to the following foods and don’t even know it because it’s been such a huge part of their lifestyles. Lots of people have "enteric amnesia" which basically means they are unaware of how the food they eat makes them feel because it has become habitual to shove grains in the gaping hole known as your mouth.
Here’s a list of foods that cause inflammation:
According to Dr. Grundy, author of the Plant Paradox, “There are certain plants that protect themselves by producing proteins known as lectins. These chemicals are like little barnacles that look for specific sugar molecules in our blood, the lining of our gut, and on our nerves. When they find a good spot to land, they cling to those cells, breaking down their ability to communicate with our immune systems.”
These foods also cause many people joint pain! Eliminating them seems to help many people:
Lectin containing vegetables:
Beans & legumes
Nightshade plants (which from the Solanaceae family, contain alkaloids like Solanine, Capsaicin, Nicotine, and Tropane which SOME cannot digest).
Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, bell peppers and chili peppers
Out of season fruit
Corn and corn fed meats (aka “free-range” meats)
Casein A1 milk (conventional dairy)
Wait! Don’t jump off the cliff! I know it’s pretty much all the good stuff, but here’s a question for you, when people ask, “how are you today?” Do you want to say, “I’m (JUST) fine”? Or do you want to say, “I’m feeling GREAT”? That’s right, you want to say “GREAT!” And if that’s the case then you must make this a priority. Realistically the foods we eat in today’s day have no basis in nature. I mean come on, fries and a fried Oreos?! I'll admit they are freakin' de-li-cious...but, seriously, it is ridiculous how unnatural and fake they are.
There's a reason Tom Brady is in such great shape in his 40’s. He doesn’t eat nightshades, gluten, dairy, caffeine, or sugar (besides the occasional banana). I get it though, you're not Tom Brady and you probably don't play in the NFL. Yet, why not try to model the best to improve the quality of your overall life? Could you imagine what you'd be like if you took on the habits of a Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, or Tiger Woods? They all have impeccable discipline with their diets and avoid foods that humans weren't meant to consume.
You also want to avoid:
Any and ALL fast food (yes even Chik-Fil-A)!
Most packaged (processed) foods
Artificial dyes and sweeteners
Conventional meats (because they’re fed with inflammation causing grains)
I’m surprised you haven’t left or committed suicide by now...kidding, kidding… If you’re still here with me then you’re probably asking yourself, WHAT THE HELL CAN I EAT THEN?! Pretty much it is AIP (Anti-inflammatory Paleo).
List To Eat:
Red & green leaf lettuce
Olives & olive oil
Remember: BALANCE is key. There is such thing as the 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle). The only problem is that those foods are more addicting than cocaine, so when you cheat once, you cheat twice and then three times, and then it’s been a week and you have no idea why you are feeling like shit. Maybe, it’s because you ate shit! Remember, “You are what you eat.”
This list isn’t for EVERYone to follow. It’s for you specifically because you want to be strong and have optimal energy that others dream of.
Don’t pay attention to the naysayers and the haters. There are going to be SO many people who will not agree. But 99% of them have never gone a full two weeks just eating greens, meat, cruciferous vegetables, tubers, and healthy oils/fats only. When I started eating this way I stopped having constant gas, stopped feeling depressed, my acne cleared completely, and it reduced any aches and pains I had. The haters have no idea whatsoever if this will make them feel better and are just disagreeing because they are unwilling to give up their desires. They simply lack self-control and willpower. But not us!
The first 3 days are tough but after that, the cravings stop. Stick to it. If you don’t then your gut will inflame and cause your inner abdominal wall to shut off leaving you at risk for a very vulnerable spine. I’ll explain more in the later blogs.
Ask yourself this question about the people who are unwilling to give up those mentioned foods: “Are they someone I want to be like, or do they have the body and mind I want?” It’s better to compare yourself to Tom Brady and not some random person who’s too lazy to change and doesn’t have the results you’re after in life...I know it’s harsh but it’s the TRUTH. Pay attention to the Tony Robbins and the Tom Brady’s who are the best of the best, and ignore the average, just like you need to ignore these foods so you can conquer pain to gain pleasure in your life and relationships!
In conclusion, eat better by cutting out inflammation-causing foods and high lectin foods.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOME TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN FIX YOUR JOINT PAIN (OR PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING) THEN REACH OUT TO ME BY CLICKING HERE TO BOOKING A FREE DISCOVERY CALL SO I CAN SHOW YOU WAYS TO HEAL YOUR JOINT PAIN AT THE SOURCE. IF YOU WOULD ALSO LIKE HELP WITH YOUR DIET OR SOME ACCOUNTABILITY ON EATING RIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR GOALS THEN WE CAN ALSO DISCUSS THAT ON YOUR DISCOVERY CALL AS WELL.