Three Simple Rules

Three Simple Rules

January 14, 2014 0 Comments

I would like to share what are undoubtedly my simplest, and quite possibly most effective nutrition rules.

It is necessary that you have easily implementable Nutrition Principles worked into your daily approach to feeding yourself.

Consider the following to be the Ockham’s razor (in Latin: lex parsimoniae) approach. The principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected.

Here we go:

First Rule: One Ingredient per Food

Conversely stated, a “food” consists of one ingredient.

This is perhaps the most obvious yet often overlooked aspect of defining a food.  We often confuse “food” with a meal or recipe; I would like to redefine the term “food” as being nutritious, naturally occurring, and most importantly composed of only one part (ingredient).

Therefor we have made the two terms, “food” and “ingredient” interchangeable.

By extension, if the “food” is packaged or extensively manufactured, the First Rule is not being acknowledged.  It would more aptly be categorized as a product.

Again, only one ingredient per food.

A food = a single ingredient.

Second Rule: Five Ingredients per Meal*

When you create a meal, or build a recipe, it should include no more than five ingredients, which is to say, “foods” (refer to the First Rule).

*Proviso: An exception to the above rule; all herbs, spices, and seasonings are exempt from the five ingredient limit. Explore the nuances of seasoning to your heart’s content.

Third Rule: “Hara Hachi Bu” - from the Japanese

A Confucian teaching - Chinese in origin, later adopted by the Japanese - that instructs adherents to eat until they are 80 percent full.

Roughly, in English the Japanese phrase translates to, “Eat until you are eight parts (out of ten) full” or “belly 80 percent full.”

A quick search on the Public Library of Medicine will reveal hundreds of studies confirming the effectiveness of conservative calorie restriction.

Leave the table satisfied, yet wanting more.

There you have it.  The prescription can’t get any simpler then the above Three Rules.

Work on consistently incorporating these three rules into your daily life, and you will exponentially increase your results.

Works like a charm.

Coach C

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