A List of Helpful and Unhelpful Foods

After every meal when growing up my father drank Pepto Bismol like it was a beverage. Because of his example I thought being an adult meant suffering from food. It's not true, and you needn't suffer. In fact, digestive stress is the very, very first sign of age related disease and leads to all other degenerative diseases like eczema, hair loss, diabetes, alzheimer's, parkinson's, etc. 

Food often takes more than 24 hours to pass through your digestive system. One of the reasons I suffered from my wheat allergy for so long was that the reaction never happened until the wheat hit my lower intestine. By then I had already eaten one or two other meals, and mistook other foods for the cause of my discomfort.

Digestive stress means you've eaten something your body can't easily digest, but really that means you've eaten something which is causing metabolic damage. Easily digestible foods support youth and energy, difficult foods tear down youth and zap energy, without exception. Meals and meal plans should be based around fruits and vegetables and whole foods. Cutting out natural plants and food sources in preference for processed supplements will only lead to a worsening of problems. Supplements are supposed to be just that—supplemental, not in replacement of real food. 

Here is a brief list of foods that support a robust and youthful metabolism, foods that destroy a robust and youthful metabolism, and toxic additives to avoid. Some foods like dairy can seem to cause problems, but are usually related to other digestive issues and not directly responsible for the trouble. If you thought that trusted brands like Trader Joe's, Bristol Farms, and Whole Foods are exempt from toxic, disreputable additives you would be wrong. Trader Joe's "Premium" ice cream is not really ice cream. It's milk and sugar thickened with carrageenan, a highly-allergenic extract from seaweed. When ingested carrageenan causes severe stomach distress. If you are looking to heal yourself, you must develop the habit of reading the labels on food, and choose true whole food choices, like unprepared fruits and meats, and do your own cooking. For more information on why certain foods are good or harmful to the body, you can read my book Fuck Portion Control

GOOD FOODS TO EAT PLENTIFULLY
Fruit
Real Fruit Juices
Vegetables, especially cooked.
Milk (especially A2 dairy)
Cheeses (especially A2 dairy)
Ice Cream, without additives
Honey
Sugar
Cocoa Butter
Coconut Oil
Butter
Grass Fed Tallow
Carbonated Beverages (without additives)
Coffee
Various Protein suplements, without additives
Chocolate, without soy lecithin (see toxins below and read labels!)
Non-nightshade tubers
Raw Carrots

GOOD FOODS TO EAT LESS OFTEN

Beef
Lamb
Shrimp/Lobster
Clams
Oysters
Liver
Non-Cruciferous Vegetables, Raw
Eggs
Olive Oil
Raw vegetables

FOODS YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN'T EAT BUT IT'S THE WEEKEND AND YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN
Nuts
Rice
Corn
Quinoa
Pork
Chicken
Avocados (wrong kind of fat)
Peeled Potatoes, Tomatoes and Peppers (nightshades)
Mexican food—not fried
Beans/Legumes
Peanut Butter (it's a legume, and unhelpful fat)
Cruciferous Vegetables, Raw

SHIT THAT GAVE YOU THE CANCER FROM WHICH YOU DIE IN 15 YEARS
Common Wheat
Yogurt (bacterial byproducts)
Fermented foods (bacterial byproducts)
Seeds/Seed Oil
Fish Oil and Fish Meat
Canola Oil
Vegetable Oil
Corn Oil
Soy Lecithin (even Whole Foods puts this in chocolate—READ LABELS)
Fortified Iron
Frequent Raw Cruciferous Vegetables
Veganism & Fruitarianism (e.g. Steve Jobs)
Mexican food fried (it's fried in bad oils)
Soy
Carrageenan (at Whole Foods too—READ LABELS)
Omega 3s
Gum Arabic
Xanthan Gum
Guar Gum (basically all gum additives)
Alcohol
Artificial Sweeteners

Michael Pollan, the celebrated food writer loves to say "Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants." If my views were ever contained in one quote it would be, "Eat Whole Food. As much as you need. Appropriate for a Primate." And this is the measure by which I choose my food.