When Less is More

Less is only more when the less is better. Higher quality, I mean. Because getting more of something inferior is not better. Usually it is worser.

I think diet is a great example of less being more.

You can eat less and maintain high energy levels and excellent health IF the quality of the food you are eating is higher. Higher quality food contains more nutrients per ounce. Keep in mind that plenty of protein and fat are both necessary for maintaining good health, strength, physical performance, and overall satiety. What are some examples of high quality food?

Wild-caught fish, especially the types high in omega-3 fatty acids, like wild salmon.

Whole, organically grown veggies, especially dark, leafy greens like kale, collards, spinach.

Foraged wild greens like dandelion, sorrel, watercress.

Grass-fed and wild-caught meats like beef, lamb, venison, wild boar, rabbit, elk, pheasant. Eating the whole animal from snout to tail is highly recommended. Muscle meats only contain certain amino acids. Boiling down the bones and joints with cartilage into a broth extracts the gelatin plus minerals and other amino acids which are vital to our health. Grass-fed meats are also higher in omega-3's.

Grass-fed butter, milk, yogurt, and cheeses. These contain Vitamin K2 which ONLY comes from grass-fed meats and animal products. (Unless you eat natto, a fermented soybean product.)

Whole eggs from pastured chickens. The yolks contain Vitamin K2.

Wild berries are often smaller but contain much higher levels of antioxidants and vitamins compared to farmed and store-bought berries.

Convenience and packaged foods (which make up MOST of the products in the supermarkets!) are the least nutritious, containing loads of processed carbohydrates, refined flours and sugars, trans-fats, and plenty of calories. These foods might seem cheap, as their initial cost is often far less than the whole foods. They are also quick and easy to consume as you never need to peel, wash, chop, boil, or saute your Oreo cookies. But all this savings of time and money is very misleading. In the long run, you will pay heavily for consuming this low quality food.

But what if you cannot afford to purchase the highest quality, grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, and organic vegetables? As I said, less is more with these products. Spend a little bit more money on the best products available, and then eat less. Grow your own veggies and fruits whenever possible. Raise your own chickens and gather the fresh eggs if you have the space. You will save money over time by avoiding expensive doctor's visits and health care procedures as you will be vibrantly healthy!