There are many combinations of foods that can provide balanced nutrition and restricted calories at the same time.
moerschy / Pixabay – There are many combinations of foods that can provide balanced nutrition and restricted calories at the same time.

I blogged yesterday about a typical fast food meal and the potential health risks associated with it. Are there other options? Certainly!

Am an advocate for restricted calories and balanced nutrition. A restricted calorie lifestyle has been shown to lengthen your life and lower risks of age-related disease. A restricted calorie lifestyle is associated with a thirty percent reduction in the normally encouraged 15 calories per pound to maintain body weight.

What body weight do you want to be? Take that number and multiply it by ten. That is the number of calories to be consumed on a restricted calorie diet. However, you must have balanced nutrition with it. Balanced nutrition includes thirty plus vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc. – those nutrients your body needs on a daily basis.

Interestingly enough, you don’t need carbohydrates. Dairy is another food group to avoid most of the time. Why? Because the primary protein in dairy is casein – almost a mirror image molecule to gluten. People with gluten problems typically have dairy problems.

Does that mean that eggs are not healthy? No, eggs do not contain casein. And, they are actually a very healthy protein option. You do need protein, but you need quality protein – grass fed, organic, no antibiotics, no hormones, no fillers, no added chemicals. The same with fruits and vegetables – you need organic.

The gist so far says to eat organic and to avoid all carbohydrates and most dairy. How can you find that in the typical fast food/restaurant environment around us? You really can’t. You can find many places that serve salads, but in almost every case the ingredients are not organic. The same is true with protein products being served – not all meat, poultry, fish, etc. is bought from organic sources.

That leaves you with the option of making your own meal and taking it with you. Or, if you insist on eating a breakfast – make it conform to the outline above. Then, fast for the remainder of the day and eat again when you get home. This is one option. There are others.

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