Best Self by Mike Bayer

Best Self by Mike Bayer

Author:Mike Bayer
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780062911759
Publisher: HarperCollins

2. Fat

You may still be caught up in the old-school thinking that a low-fat diet means you’ll lose body fat, but that’s been proven inaccurate. Recent studies have found that fat is not the enemy* and, in fact, the low-fat diet trend that held a tight grip on us for many years may do more harm than good. Fats are crucial for hormone regulation by feeding our hormones the nutrients they need to function. When hormones aren’t getting the proper fuel they need, a host of health problems can occur—everything from fatigue to lack of mental clarity, hair loss, a dysregulated menstrual cycle in women, vitamin deficiencies, and dry skin. Remember, your body and brain need fat to function!

The key here is the type of fat you’re consuming. Fats that are highly processed (think vegetable oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil, shortening) can cause inflammation throughout your body, leading to memory deterioration and weight gain.* (Are you seeing a theme here? Processed foods do not help you in being your Best Self!) Always look for healthy, naturally occurring saturated and unsaturated fats like avocados, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, pasture-raised chicken eggs, and olive oil. These healthy fats will keep you feeling satiated, focused, sharp, and in a better mood.*

3. Protein

Protein is made up of amino acids and is vital in keeping your organs, hormones, and tissue functioning. Protein makes up our muscle and cells, including the brain and heart muscle, so it plays a major role in keeping your whole body in top form. You’ll find the best forms of protein in grass-fed, organic eggs and meat, beans, legumes and nuts, all of which are readily available now at all mass retailers, along with organic fruits and vegetables—these are no longer luxury items! If you choose to add a protein powder into a smoothie, I’d urge you to select a brand that has no additives in the ingredients—it should be made purely of organic protein sources without any sweetener. If you need to sweeten the smoothie, use organic honey, dates, or banana.

Other Best Self Foods to Incorporate

To help keep your gut microbiome healthy, it’s a good idea to work in some fermented foods such as kombucha (there are multiple brands available in mainstream grocery stores these days—try them out—they’re delicious!) or sauerkraut into your diet. These foods and beverages have a ton of probiotics in them, which can help reduce inflammation in your body, decrease bloating, and improve digestion and weight loss. I also recommend finding a good, high-quality probiotic supplement to take each day. Working in one serving of unsweetened yogurt or kefir each day is also a great idea, as they contain many of the strains of good bacteria that can help balance your mood. And, finally, fiber is an important key to good gut health as well, but make sure it’s coming from whole foods rather than over-the-counter fiber mixtures. This is because your body can use more of the nutrients from high-fiber foods like blueberries, raspberries, beans of all kinds, and legumes, so stick with those.


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