Real Food

No, Breakfast Is NOT the Most Important Meal of the Day--and Yet...

No, Breakfast Is NOT the Most Important Meal of the Day--and Yet...

When I ask my clients to fast for at least twelve hours daily and longer than that if they can, most look seriously distressed. And it’s not just the going-without-eating thing.

“What about breakfast?” they ask with worried faces.

I can’t take breakfast away from you. Literally. Breakfast is simply the meal that breaks your fast. If you eat (and I’m definitely not promoting that you give it up), you will inevitably eat breakfast. It just may be around noon.

That’s fine because there is no inherent time written into the word itself. It’s break-fast, not “morning-meal” or “food-upon-awakening.”

No, You DON’T Need to Count Calories to Get the Body Shape You Want. Here’s What to Do Instead

No, You DON’T Need to Count Calories to Get the Body Shape You Want. Here’s What to Do Instead

You’ve heard it a million times. In order to lose weight, all you need to remember is that calories in should be less than calories out. It's another way of saying "Eat less, move more."

There’s a whole industry built around this belief. While some programs are finally breaking free from this paradigm, there are still plenty of books, apps, and websites dedicated to calorie-counting. Just the thought of having to keep a running tally of them is depressing.

Do you really believe your body is a simple account ledger with income on one side and expenses on the other? You–and your body–are more sophisticated than that. Read on.

You Don't Have to Feel Hangry! This One Practice Can Set You Free...

You Don't Have to Feel Hangry! This One Practice Can Set You Free...

You're struggling to focus on your latest work project, but an escalating mix of hunger and anger has hijacked your brain. You just can't cope. You need a caramel latte, stat. Or a "healthy" protein bar. Or even a handful of almonds. Whatever it is, if you don't eat soon, things are going to get very ugly...

Does that sound familiar? If you become jittery, anxious, unfocused, and impatient a few hours after eating, you’re suffering from hangriness. And it’s awful.

It's also no way to live. Grazing regularly on small meals and snacks makes you a slave to your appetite. Most Americans now find it normal to walk around with a purse full of almonds and Larabars-or fall victim to the vending machine--but it’s actually an indication that something’s amiss.

Frequent eating keeps insulin circulating in your body. This puts you in a sugar-burning state, which sets your brain on high alert. It becomes harder to concentrate, your moods become unstable, and you feel like you need to eat--immediately.

 This isn’t weakness or indulgence. This is evolution.

Food is Information--and Your Body is Listening

Food is Information--and Your Body is Listening

If you want to look and feel good in your skin—and why wouldn’t you?—you need to pay attention to what you eat. You know that food is fuel for your body. But you may overlook that it’s also information. What that means is that what you eat has the power to change the expression of your DNA. In other words, you’re telling your body a story with your food that it then turns into reality. This narrative helps shape everything you become.

Can't Love Kale? There's Another Way

Can't Love Kale? There's Another Way

Focusing on the Nourish Facet can transform your life. Eating real, nutrient-dense food is easily one of the most effective ways to optimize your body shape, enjoy consistent energy, and age wonderfully. You know this.

But what if—despite this knowledge—you simply can’t stomach kale?

Or maybe it’s not kale. It could be shiitake mushrooms or blueberries or sweet potatoes. It’s any food that’s touted as being “super” and is filled with vitamins, minerals, and other magical phytonutrients, yet you just don’t like the taste, texture, or both. (Many of us feel this way about one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet: liver.)

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: There are no superfoods.

If you don’t like kale, I’m sure there’s another leafy green you actually do like (that’s chard in the picture, by the way). Blueberries aren’t the only foods that are high in polyphenols—you can indulge in other brightly colored produce and relax. If sweet potatoes are too orange-tasting for you (yes, people have told me this), there are other colors you might prefer, or you can enjoy another root vegetable. Why have rutabagas fallen out of favor? Let’s bring back rutabagas!

Because here’s the thing: Pleasure is a big part of nourishing yourself.