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What is a Diet

Colin Stuckert

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” 

-Ann Wigmore

I don't know Ann or what her idea about food are, but that doesn't matter because she nailed this one.

I couldn't have said it better myself (and I’ve tried plenty of times).

Food is a powerful substance that is either improving your health, or is an insidiously slow poison that is killing you.

Do you think I’m being too harsh or sensational? You are wrong if you think that. Very wrong.

We are made to eat food from nature. Also known as Real Food.

We are made to eat food from nature. Also known as Real Food.

Just look at the forms of death that are the direct result of the food and drink one puts into their human body: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other autoimmune disorders.

In fact, these “Western diseases” are seldom, if ever, found in indigenous hunter gatherer tribes around the world.

Listen, since you are here you are at least kinda interested in this stuff. I don’t have time right now to go into all the Paleo or Primal stuff, and what makes each one different based on what they recommend or any of that. That's all a waste of time in my opinion. 

All “diets” are just labels used to separate itself from the other “diets” or brands. It’s all marketing.

Whether you call it Paleo, Primal, Raw, whatever, they are just variations of one fundamental basis. This basis is REAL FOOD.

If a "diet" recommends eating anything that is not Real Food, it is a failure. It is a fraud. It's as simple as that. (See diets like Slim Fast or Shakeology or Nutrisystem. Barf.)

After you get Real Food down as the basis of your "diet," there are a million variations you can do. You can go higher-carb, lower-carb, hi-fat, low-fat, high-protein, low-protein, moderate-everything, and on and on and on. It doesn't matter as long as it's real food (of course, the most optimal performance is what we would find in nature: lower-carb, lots of fat, low-to-moderate protein, and plenty of fasting).

The only (healthy) way to get results from a diet is to eat real food. So, what is Real Food? I take this for granted because I've been doing this for so long, but not many actually know. (And plenty Paleo eaters still mess it up.)

A few things to clarify on Real Food:

  • It should come in a raw state and should go bad if you leave it on the counter (besides honey).
  • It should require some preparation (most of the time).
  • It should be as fresh as possible.
  • It should not include anything on the label under “Ingredients” that is not the food ingredient itself.
  • It should not be highly processed or refined or preserved.
  • In general, it should not be baked or cooked. You want to cook food yourself and each time you let a corporate cook for you—like in the case of a bar, chips and pre-cooked anything—you are giving up some health as a result.

In a nutshell: Buy real, raw food and cook it yourself.

There ya go: “The original human diet.”

There ya go: "The diet."

There ya go: "The way you are made to eat."

There ya go: "You don't need to keep reading books and articles, just eat real food."