By Clark Bartram
Hey there, it's Clark Bartram, and today I want to talk to you about two foods that should be a part of every meal, especially if you're over 50 and on a journey to shed those extra pounds.
Now, next time you've got a plate in front of you, take a good look. Does it match up to what I'm about to share? Let's dive right in.
First and foremost, both Natalie Jill and I wholeheartedly agree on the significance of an unprocessed, natural food diet. To us, that's the primary way of eating food.
It means consuming foods that are as close to their most natural state as possible. These are the kinds of foods that you can pronounce without stumbling over some tongue-twisting chemical names.
These are the basics, the foods that once grew in the earth or grazed upon it – that's our definition of an unprocessed natural food diet.
Jack Lalanne, a mentor and inspiration to many of us, used to say, "Clark, tell your students that if man made it, don't eat it." So, if your plate is loaded with processed, chemical-laden foods, it's time to make a change.
Now, let's talk about the two must-have foods.
The first one is phytonutrients, and this is something Natalie Jill and I both wholeheartedly support. Phytonutrients are found in vegetables and low glycemic fruits.
These often get overlooked by many trendy diets, but they are crucial for our overall well-being, especially as we age. Why, you ask?
Well, phytonutrients help us age well by aiding in the breakdown of free radicals, fighting inflammation, and keeping us healthy from the inside out.
These nutrients are like our secret weapon against the effects of aging.
The second must-have food on our list is protein. Now, we might not all agree on exactly how much protein we should eat, but one thing everyone concur on is the quality of the protein we consume.
High-quality protein is the cornerstone of any successful fat loss journey. If you can’t get it locally, look for labels like organic, pasture raised, grass fed & finished, and wild caught.
So, what should your plate look like? If we were to design a plate together, here's how it might look. Imagine a plate that's divided into three parts:
Protein: Your protein source should be about the size of your palm, which roughly amounts to three to five ounces. Lean meats, poultry, fish, and plant-based protein sources all work great.
Fats: Your healthy fats, like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil, should be about the size of your thumb. Fats are essential for your overall health and can help you feel satisfied.
Unlimited Vegetables and Moderate Low-Glycemic Fruits: The rest of your plate can be filled with an abundance of colorful vegetables with some low-glycemic fruits mixed in. These are your phytonutrient-packed champions that can help keep you healthy and satisfied.
It's important to remember that our approach is more about adding the good stuff to your plate, which naturally leaves less room for the not-so-good.
When we focus on what we can't have, we tend to want it even more. So, focus on adding in more lean proteins, healthy fats, phytonutrients from a variety of vegetables, and low-glycemic fruits, and you'll naturally make healthier choices while feeling satisfied and energized.
So there you have it, my friends, the two must-have foods for every meal as you embark on your journey to fat loss over 50.
Remember, it's all about embracing unprocessed whole foods, incorporating phytonutrients and quality protein, and building your plate with the good stuff.
Your body will thank you, and your path to a healthier, fitter you will become clearer than ever. Get out there and make those plates as colorful as your future! LET’S GO!!!
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