2005 Trend – Eating More Nutrient Dense Foods

I don’t think this is going to be a short term trend. The reason is, it makes too much sense. Yes it may seem that I’m a bit biased since this is Nutrient Rich.com and the trends support this point of view, but keep in mind I wouldn’t be promoting this point of view it didn’t make the most sense!

Now I’m not supporing the “calorie Count” campaign, but I do want to quote Dr. Barbara Rolls, professor of nutritional sciences at Pennsylvania State University.

She recently presented new research at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity and has a new book about to be released entitled, The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Fuller on Fewer Calories.

Rolls said that “calorie density” will be one of the hot buzzwords in 2005. Rolls’ research on calorie density indicates that by eating more nutrient-dense foods, (otherwise known as Nutrient Rich foods – my insert) that are filling and replacing high-calorie foods with lower-calorie foods (e.g., incorporating more fruits and vegetables and using reduced-fat and lower-calorie versions), as well as eating smaller portions of high-calorie foods, approximately 800 calories can be eliminated from the typical daily diet without people even realizing they’re eating fewer calories.

This is a very true statement; but to clarify, the more nutrient dense a food is, the less calories (energy) it has naturally, so you don’t need to count them, but this gives you some insight into what you’re about to learn when you join The Nutrient Rich Revolution.

Keep in mind, not any food lower in calories is a nutrient rich food. So do yourself a favor, don’t start thinking in terms of calories, think in terms of energy density, and nutrient density.

I don’t chew my shirt collar anymore

My family and I were invited to dinner with some new friends on Saturday night. My hosts knew that I was “into nutrition,” so they were very conscientious about asking me me exactly which foods were “allowed” and which were “forbidden.”

I gave them some general guidelines, and the meal was fantastic – amazing minestrone, whole grain bread, delicious green salad, and clementines. What I didn’t get into in that conversation – but I want to talk about now – was the whole idea of “forbidden” or “restricted” foods.

Here’s the entirety of my rules about what I can and can’t eat:

“I can eat whatever I want.”

I choose to eat nutrient rich foods most of the time, but in various settings and for various reasons, I may expand my choices to include foods you might not consider “health foods.”

Why? Because nobody wants to “give anything up.” That whole mindset sets us up for failure, for “falling off the wagon,” for feeling like we’re missing out.

When I was in junior high school, I used to chew my shirt collar when I got bored in science class. Now I don’t chew my shirt anymore. Once I stopped, I didn’t talk about being on a “no-shirt-chewing” program. I don’t think about not being permitted to do it anymore. It’s just not an issue. And if I ever feel like chewing my collar again, I suppose I will!

That’s a weird example, but it makes the point:

Eat what you want. When your food choices are led by desire and not by dogma, with a little education and experimentation you’ll naturally gravitate to more nutrient rich foods.

Diet lowers cholesterol as well as drug, by nearly 30% – Study

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A diet rich in fiber and vegetables lowered cholesterol just as much as taking a statin drug, Canadian researchers reported on Monday.

They said people who cannot tolerate the statin drugs because of side-effects can turn to the diet, which they said their volunteers could easily follow.” (who wants to tolerate the side effects of drugs!)

Read the article here – think this is breaking news?

It’s exciting but it’s not new! This is old news but if you’re just tuning in right now, it’s great news for you.

It may be a surprise, but not to me and many others. This is just an example of what a nutrient rich diet can do.

I’m not talking about a diet designed for weight loss like we’re so used to hearing about, that is regimented and depriving and rationed. I’m talking about a natural and normal diet (though not particularly common, yet) where for, perhaps the first time in the lives of the participants, they were eating health promoting foods, rich in nutrients and devoid of cholesterol!

Note: When it comes to eating Nutrient Rich, just because you may choose not to eat certain foods, this does not mean your dieting, it simply means you’ve raised your standards to eat better, not less.

Notice that all the foods listed in the study, are all whole foods, from plant sources. There is no cholesterol in plants!

Hey, want to go out to eat?

“Hey John, want to go out to eat?” “Sure”, I say.

“Great, where can you eat”, they ask…

They ask this because they know I’m “conscious” about the food I eat.

But so many years after I raised my food standard, I still think it’s funny that someone would ask me that. In my own mind I’m thinking wherever I can get some quality food. and I know plenty of places as you can imagine.

But I understand why they ask. I tend to eat nutrient rich food because that’s what I like. I’m into eating foods that taste great and promote my health and personal success at the same time. I don’t want to eat and feel lame afterwards, or have to spend time tomorrow making up for what I did or didn’t eat today.

So I end up replying… “I can eat anywhere, but I know of this great place that…” And we always have an amazing food experience.

This all brings up a couple questions. Isn’t it strange how so few of us are actually aware of what we’re putting into our bodies today; what our bodies will use in the process of our nutrition (growth and development)?

Or, that we’d even consider eating the nutrient poor foods we’re being served so commonly today? Especially when so many of us are battling overweight and a variety of lifestyle induced diseases?

Well, most of us just aren’t aware of the Nutrient Rich food idea I’m talking about, yet. We think we’re eating in a way that’s relatively healthy, but we’re not.

As a result, we’re caught up in what I call diet traps. And we don’t know it because most people eat the same way… nutrient poor, and they get the same results; what seems normal.

This is my first post to this blog here at nutrientrich.com; get ready for an incredible period of discovery.