80/20 Nutrition

The American diet consists of 62% processed foods, 27% animal products, and 5% french fries and ketchup. That’s 94% of our diet, right there, leaving only 6% for fruits, vegetables and nuts.

When I first read this I’m sad to say I wasn’t so much shocked as dismayed. Having been a nutritionist for over 13 years I have been privy to not just the statistics showing our obesity epidemic, but to real life exposure with many of my clients. This quote demonstrates just how far we have removed ourselves from the style of diet we should be eating.

And the reality is that we need not be perfect.

In fact ‘perfect’ is the opposite of progress for the simple reason that it can’t be achieved and it therefore drives dissatisfaction because if our sense of fulfilment is predicated in achieving ‘perfection’ (an impossible goal) we will never in fact be satisfied. However by simply doing ‘most things right, most of the time’ we can achieve extraordinary health results.

The age old 80-20 rule could well provide at least some basis for good eating, just as it is so valuable for other things in life….and it would certainly make a vast improvement over the figures above if we were to eat well 80% of the time…

So my challenge to you:
For the next week – on any given day – make at least 80% of what you eat natural, whole and unprocessed food. This could be vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, berries, eggs, fish and meats. Don’t be concerned at this stage with quantities, simply stick to natural, whole and unprocessed food (preferably organic) 80% of the time….It’s that simple…

Notice the change in how you feel…and how you look!
80% isn’t so hard after all….

Greinarhöfundur

Cliff Harvey – ND, Dip.Fit, HbT, Adv.Psych-K, naturopath, strength coach, author

Fleiri greinar eftir Cliff Harvey

Næring & Kúrar

Related Articles

Blake Worrall-Thompson

Coconuts – Fad or Here For Good?

Most health fads come and go but health and fitness expert Blake Worrall-Thompson thinks this one just might be in it for the long-haul, and for all the right reasons. If you haven't jumped on the coconut water bandwagon yet you may want to do so.

Skoða

Kira Sutherland

11 Reasons Why You May Need to Supplement

The jury may be out on whether or not dietary supplementation is necessary but naturopath and sports nutritionist, Kira Sutherland, shares some very compelling arguments for why nutrition through diet alone may not be sufficient in the modern world we live in.

Skoða

Cliff Harvey

Lifting the Lid on Protein Myths

Cliff Harvey (naturopath, author and NuZest formulator) addresses 4 common myths about protein and why they are just that - myths.

Skoða

Jaime Rose Chambers

Brain-Boosting Good Green Stuff

Juggling the endless tasks we need to get through each day can often mean that our memory for remembering details is not always great. Nutritionist Jamie Rose Chambers explains how our Good Green Stuff assists brain function.

Skoða