Yesterday I talked about what I personally thought were the top ten things to avoid and in some cases, why. I think my list is a lot different from most peoples, and most of those that write about food on the internet, ie, Dr. Mercola, and others. Hey, its my blog, my list. So poop on you who don't agree with me. I think though that I have logical arguments for each, and so am happy with my list. Conversely I have to say that there are good things in the world to eat and should be included into everyone's diet. And yeah, chocolate should be in there as well. Hmmmm, chocolate gooooood.
Number One: Brown Rice This is God's most perfect food. Good organic brown rice is the staple food of a large percentage of the WORLD. If you eat it a lot, you won't have dry skin, dandruff, psoriasis, irregularity, and a whole host of problems that plague ANYONE that generally lives on the Standard American Diet; the SAD. Eat it, it is good for you.
Number Two: Whole Grains Not just brown rice, but add any number of other whole grains to your diet and you will see a huge increase in your overall health. Quinoa, Millet, Teff, Amaranth and yes, Whole Wheat. And any of the Wheat family of grains. Spelt, Kamut, Oats, Barley etc. And despite what the TV commercials say, Cheerios are not whole grain. They have more sugar than you should be eating.
Number Three: Fresh Organic Vegetables, raw, or lightly cooked. Do I really have to explain this one?
Number Four: Water Drink a lot of it every day. If your urine is yellow, you are not drinking enough water to be healthy. Drink at least a gallon every day. Soda is not water. Juice is not water. Coffee is not water. Water is what your body needs, fill your body's needs.
Number Five: Vitamin C and Vitamin D Take more than RDA. Take 4 or 5 grams Vitamin C daily
Number Six: Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The finest product for your skin, liver, happiness.
Number Seven: Yogurt and other Fermented Foods We know that you have a lot of bacteria living in your digestive system. It is a part of you, and a big part too. Consuming the SAD kills off some of the bacterial flora. If you don't replenish it with good bacteria, then you leave yourself open for BAD bacteria to grow there. Put the good ones in and you will be better off. Make your own fermented vegetables, Kim chee, sourkraut, etc are all good. Yogurt, Kefir, miso and others are very good.
Number Eight: Whole Fruit, never juice. What's the point of juice? Eat the whole thing and get more benefits, fiber, all the vitamins everything. Not just juice, and especially bottled processed juice is pretty much devoid of benefits.
Number Nine: Popcorn Why not, I love it, it is NOT Genetically Modified in any way, and it is full of fiber, fun to eat and mighty tasty.
Number Ten: Wine. Well, and maybe good beers. Proven health benefits. And good taste as well. And okay, we can put chocolate in here as well.
I did an update on this here Top ten update