I am about to finish up a great read Food for Fitness by Chris Carmichael, Neal Armstong's famous coach. This book is written for the serious athlete or someone who would like to become so. However, one of my favorite points he makes is good for EVERYBODY. I'll just quote him on this one.
"I prefer to group foods into three categories: quality carriers, empty carriers, and pollutant carriers. Quality carriers are the nutritional equivalent of the motor yacht: powerful, impressive, and stocked with amenities. Empty carriers are more like your standard rowboat: a no-frills, unrewarding, and inefficient way to get where you're going. Finally, the pollutant carrier is essentially a garbage barge: a vessel whose cargo does you more harm than good."
He then includes a table with some examples of foods from the three categories.
Quality Carriers: Spinach, whole-grain cereal and bread, salmon, sweet potatoes, Kiwi, Chicken breasts, brown rice, soy milk
Empty Carriers: Cola, low-fat candy, Kool Aid, Prestzels, Low-fat cookies, iceberg lettuce, white rice
Pollutant Carriers: Pork rinds, high-fat candy, doughnuts, lard, french fries, fried chicken, high-fat meats
Thinking about food this way has motivated me to think twice about what's on the way to my mouth. Do I want to put something that would pollute my body into my mouth? If I want to run fast, shouldn't I eat some quality carriers?
Hopefully you'll think twice about putting a trash bag full of dirty socks, stinky diapers, and dead bugs (or doughnuts, lard and french fries) into your mouth next time!
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