Do you have any idea what Tryptophan is and what it has to do with healthy foods?
Neither did I until an article in NEXT magazine caught my attention. It was entitled “Mood Foods” and it listed a collection of healthy foods that enhance your mood.
Tryptophan (I can’t even spell it by myself without referring to the article!) is one of ten essential amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins.
This intrigued me so I took a look at the healthy foods mentioned, and what was so interesting is that they are all foods that are part of my staple diet.
The article referenced salmon, tuna, broccoli, lentils, apricots, avocado, bananas, pawpaw, raspberries, strawberries, dried fruits, brown rice, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, oysters, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate as all being healthy foods that are naturally high in tryptophan. Apparently 50g of dark chocolate is good for the soul. No arguments from me : )
But here’s the thing, do we really need to have this type of information spelled out to us? Isn’t it just common sense that good healthy nutritious foods will make us feel good?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never felt that hot after a bag of Dorito’s and Salsa.
I know I feel good when I eat good.
So here’s the deal, I don’t believe that eating needs to be complicated. Therefore eating to lose weight doesn’t need to be complicated either.
Let me ask you a question … has anyone really ever gotten fat by overeating chicken and broccoli, fish and salad, lentils and vegetables, nuts and fruits? Really?
How do people really get fat? They eat foods that are full of sugar and fat. Burgers, pizzas, french fries, chocolate, cookies, donuts, ice-cream, candy, pudding …. you get my drift here, right?
That’s why I say, if you’re trying to lose weight just go natural. And for the first 2 weeks don’t even think about portion control. Just get rid of the junk for 2 weeks and you’ll automatically feel better. It just stands to reason. And if you’re not too sure what you can eat there’s a very basic philosophy I believe in and that’s, “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it!”
I believe in keeping things really simple. Cavemen didn’t diet and I’ve never seen an obese caveman in any of my school books. Food was uncomplicated back in the day. It was all healthy food. Exercise was part of the daily routine of the hunter gatherer. Men hunted wild animals and women foraged for healthy foods from the earth. Everything was natural. They didn’t count calories, or weigh themselves with rocks every morning! Obesity wasn’t an issue because everything was in balance.
Our bodies were not designed to assimilate the rubbish that’s in our foods today. Chemicals and toxins in the form of flavorings, colorings and preservatives abound.
We even have to be wary of the natural foods we eat like chicken. I saw a chicken breast in the supermarket the other day that would have put Pamela Anderson to shame! It was HUGE!!!
Makes you wonder what they fed the chook. If I’d seen it before it ended up on the supermarket shelf I’d say she would have looked like a female version of Sylvester Stallone. Not natural at all. So I’m not eating it.
How crazy is it that we live in a world with genetically modified food? Who signed off on that piece of crazy???
Anyway, that’s my rant for the day.
Bottom line, eat healthy foods, don’t worry about what tryptophan is (still can’t spell it without looking at the article) and find your motivation to lose weight.
That’s really all you need to do to get in the best shape of your life. Never diet again. Just eat healthy foods, do an exercise you enjoy and work out your motivation to lose weight. That’s it!
Would love to hear YOUR thoughts on the subject … till tomorrow!
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