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  1. Jon
    January 12, 2008

    I bought some organic whole grain granola naturally sweetened with honey. ” — Hey, do you think you could tell me the name of the product you’re describing here? It sounds kind of good, and your post has really motivated me to try to eat healthier foods. :) Thanks, Rusty!

  2. Helder
    January 12, 2008

    Nice post Rusty, you’re 100% right, most people don’t like natural foods simply because they’re not used to, i guess i’m lucky because i’ve always been a fan of healthy natural food, i also eat other foods sometimes, but never too often, besides i’m so used to natural food that i really don´t like much the other stuff.

  3. Bobby
    January 13, 2008

    Wow Rusty, you are really coming with the fire in the new year!!!! By the way i havent told you that i read ur site just about everyday. I know exactly what you mean about processed foods ruining taste buds. I havent eaten processed sugars from candy or nacho chips for months. Now i realize how much i crave the taste of an apple. And i can eat nonflavored yogurt and not feel deprived. Now ill soon see if i can eat oatmeal with cinnamon w/out artificial sugar. (I doubt it)

  4. ladylonglegz
    January 13, 2008

    I agree! foods taste SOOO much better in their natural state. lately I’ve even started making my own garlic and roasted red pepper hummus!..It tastes great! And since I make it on my own, Its super low fat and tastes unbelievably great!..I boil a few extra large eggs-scrap the yolk and stuff my amazing hummus inside the egg whites, top a few cilantro leaves on top and you’ve got some scrumptious hummus filled deviled eggs!!

  5. admin
    January 13, 2008

    John,

    Sure…let me grab the box. “Golden Honey Granola” Description: Oat Clusters with FLAX and 500mg of Omega 3’s Per Serving

    The Company “Peace Cereal” http://www.peacecereal.com

    Helder,

    I’m beginning to like health food more and more. I’ve always liked the way it made me feel, but now I’m really enjoying the flavors as well.

    Bobby,

    I doubt I’ll go back to eating junky processed stuff. Of course, I will every now and then, but the majority of the time will be healthy foods.

    Rusty

  6. admin
    January 13, 2008

    Ladylonglegz,

    You are making me hungry! I love cilantro.

    Rusty

  7. Annalisa
    January 13, 2008

    My best friends mom is a health nut and she’s made this arguement to me so many times! It’s totally true though. Although, being vegan I eat a lot of fruit – mostly apples, oranges, and strawberries. Is that a bad thing? I know fruit has a lot of sugar but I thought that because it’s natural that it wasn’t so bad

  8. Hulbs
    January 13, 2008

    Spot on again Rusty.

    I’ve been a healthy eater for over 5 years now and its to the point where the thought of eating certain junk/processed foods is not appealing to me at all.

    When my wife am I do grocery shopping the trolley is full of fresh fruit, veges, a little meat and soy, whole grain breads, low fat yogart etc etc and absolutely no soft drink, chips, lollies, and other highly processed foods. I notice by looking at other trolleys that we are in the ‘minority’ which is kind of sad.

    I prefer the taste of food in its natural state and to me a garden salad of tomato, cucumber, carrot, lettuce, capsicams (bell peppers for you guys) and olives with no dressing added tastes wonderful and is great way to ‘fill up’ without using a lot of calories.

    p.s. thought i’d go from Jason to my nick name Hulbs as another user using Jason before me already.

  9. Quinn
    January 13, 2008

    I laughed out loud when I read this post. About a year ago, my doctor put me on a fairly strict non-processed food diet for. The hardest thing was giving up the artificially sweetened diet sodas, but after we did, my husband and I couldn’t believe how good normal food tasted! And we haven’t gotten jaded over the past 12 months, either! Great post, you are cutting edge as always.

  10. katie
    January 13, 2008

    This is a great post Rusty.. thanks, i’ll be keeping your advice in mind.

  11. Mark@NewSuccessOnline.com
    January 13, 2008

    You know, it’s really true that when you cut out sweets and processed foods, your craving for them goes away.

    I’ve had this experience and so have many others. I think we’ve talked about that here before.

    Good reminder for me as I ate a lot of chocolate over Christmas. Love dark chocolate. Oh well, time to get back on track.

    Take care, Rusty.

  12. katie
    January 13, 2008

    Also I was wondering what you think of eating low-fat peanut butter as part of my meal in the 4-hour nighttime window. I love this stuff but when I eat it I usually have about 200 calories of it (3 tb) either on whole-wheat toast or with an apple, and it’s quite high in fat. I’ve read that peanut butter is good, that it’s bad, that only natural is good, that only almond butter is good, that it’s only ok sometimes … which is it?? I’d love a straight answer!

  13. admin
    January 14, 2008

    Annalisa,

    Fruit is great for you. Some people consider it the perfect food. You should read an interesting post I did on this one about people who ate an all fruit diet (nothing else).

    Incredible Fruit Facts

    Hulbs,

    That is cool…I bet you will be the only “Hulbs” on the site…good deal. Yeah…I’m just beginning to go for the natural foods. I can get really defined off of synthetic food, but I know in the long run the real stuff is better for me. The sad thing is that the processed stuff is much cheaper…go figure! I guess it reinforces the idea that the processed food has cheaper ingredients. I guess you have to pay for quality to a certain extent.

    Quinn,

    I’m doing my best to find approaches that are the quickest and most effective ways to get lean, slim, and sexy. This is an approach that will make you healthier as well. Plus all of the natural phytonutrients and antioxidants found in healthy foods will keep you looking good as you get older. I guess it is cutting edge for a typical fitness site to talk about this, because most are too “supplement” focused and don’t pay enough attention to the power of natural foods.

    On the flip side, the problem with the typical sites that focus on “organic foods” is that the guys don’t seem like “manly men” to me. I feel like that those are the guys who hold hands around a campfire singing “Kum Bah Ya My Lord…Kum Bah Yaaa”. With slightly manly looking women who don’t believe in wearing anything “girlie”. I don’t mean to be harsh, but do you know where I’m coming from?

    Mark,

    I am going to do a post on dark chocolate as well as red wine on one of my posts. Both of these are great in moderation.

    Katie,

    All natural peanut butter is good for you. It has healthy fats that your body needs. Typically this is the type of peanut butter that you have to mix before eating. The oil is at the top. I’m going to do a post on alternating high protein and higher fat days with lower fat higher carb days. I’ve been researching some of this stuff the past few weeks. Feel free to eat peanut butter, but pay attention to the overall calories that it adds, since it is a calorie dense food.

    Rusty

  14. Helder
    January 14, 2008

    Hi Rusty, i really like your idea of doing a post about red wine, being portuguese i apreciate red wine, we have a long tradition of being wine producers (like all south europeans), and recent studies have proved that red wine have benefits to the heart, and it reduces the bad cholesterol. Of course it has to be consumed with moderation, doctors here usually tell us to drink 2 red wine glasses a day. I only drink in more special ocasions. I’ll be waiting for your post about wine.

  15. admin
    January 14, 2008

    Helder,

    I am naturally a beer drinker, but I’m learning to enjoy wine more. It is great stuff, and I’ve been studying…so I’ll post about it soon.

    Rusty

  16. Hulbs
    January 14, 2008

    Rusty,

    A story on red wine would be great.

    I mean like yourself beer is my favorite alcoholic drink (i mean what would you expect from any ozzie bloke!) and what I drink at the pub with mates etc.

    But what i do is drink 1 glass of red wine with my dinner most nights. I love it!

    Also I am genetically predisposed towards having high blood pressure but I’ve been able to lower it in the last 12 months without the use of drugs. I think my glass of red a night is one thing that has helped my do this, along with really cranking up my exercise plan, eating at least a bannana a day (potasium) and having a pet dog! for stress relief.

    Coming to think of it maybe you could some day post something more specifically on blood pressure?

    Cheers

    Hulbs

  17. Lorna
    January 14, 2008

    This article is so true. Most process foods are loaded with salt, fat, and sugar so the REAL food tastes bland and boring by comparison. In fact, it is our own mind that is programmed to like artificial, extreme flavors that we were not meant to eat. Thanks.

    Lorna

  18. admin
    January 15, 2008

    Hulbs,

    I’m not an expert on blood pressure by any means, but I will certainly research it and write about my findings. Again…I need to go to Oz. I’m genetically predisposed towards liking beer, girls in skimpy bikinis, and beaches :)

    Lorna,

    Real food is starting to taste so much better to me now. Nature has way more complex, yet subtle flavors than all that processed stuff. I’m glad I have the ability to enjoy them now!

    Rusty

  19. za kin
    January 15, 2008

    Why do healthy foods taste bland and look boring? What are the reasons?

    what does regular diet mean?

    What are some ways to make healthy foods appetising?

  20. Jon
    January 15, 2008

    Awesome, thanks for the healthy treat Rusty :) I’m going to search for some around my area.

  21. hawk-eye
    January 16, 2008

    hey rusty,

    i, as well as all of your other readers, swear by this site. i dig where you’re coming from on essentially everything you offer. the bloated muscle look is dead, and you are serving notice that an evolution is immenant.

    i myself am 24 years old, and cut out all processed food about three years ago. consequently, a fuji apple with some peanut butter tastes like a miracle every time!

    i might add that this is especially easy for me as i work at a small organic food store in downtown san francisco, where yes, girls wear little makup but are sexy and hip as hell. a typical snack for me around there is a handful of brussel sprouts, green beans and pumpkin seeds. nothing boring about that, i say.

    anyways, you’re the man, keep inspiring.

    hawkeye

  22. admin
    January 16, 2008

    hawkeye,

    Yeah…the organic food stores are starting to attract a much younger and hipper crowd…especially on the West Coast…as well as Miami and New York as far as from what I’ve read. I live in downtown Seattle which is basically just a smaller version of San Francisco. You have a good gig working at an organic food store…I must say I’m a bit jealous.

    I am starting to see tons of readers from the Bay Area as well as San Diego, New York, and Miami. I think the coastal regions of the US. are influenced by European fashions and styles more than the larger cities of the mid-west and south like Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, San Antonio, etc…consequently I don’t have quite as many regular readers from those cities.

    I do have a decent reader base from Vegas and Austin, but I think it is because of those cities get transplants from all over the world.

    The bulky look is dying a slow and painful death…I’m just trying to put it out of its misery…LOL!

    Thanks for the compliments!

    Rusty

  23. Patrick
    April 23, 2008

    Hey Rusty:

    I’m assuming that something like Cinnamon Toast Crunch would not be a clean, unprocessed food. In addition, Raisin bran is probably not as healthy as something like Kashi flakes with raisins thrown in?
    In General, do you think Kashi would qualify as a relatively clean cereal?

    Also, do you think that vitamin water is clean? (I’m guessing no… By the way, I only drink it because it tastes good, not for any “vitamins”… It’s basically instead of soda… I probably drink 4/week, but I’m thinking about cutting it out completely.

    Thanks a lot!
    -Patrick

  24. admin
    April 23, 2008

    Patrick,

    Kashi might be okay, but rice cakes have been shown to shoot up the blood sugar big time. You know what is good…Grape Nuts.

    An occassional Vitamin Water is okay. I had one yesterday and I think it was 125 calories. I would avoid liquid calories if possible, it is just an added source of calories that you don’t need. The only exception for me is the occassional beer…but I plan for that by eating less leading up to gong out with friends and having a beer.

    Love Cinnamon Toast Crunch, by the way…but it is basically a dessert, not a meal.

    Rusty

  25. Patrick
    April 23, 2008

    Dang Rusty, I forgot about Grape Nuts! This is great, I love grape nuts. Maybe I’ll mix grape nuts with Kashi.

    Thanks!
    -Patrick

  26. Denise B
    September 6, 2009

    You are absolutely correct about people having “bad taste”.

    I ate nothing but processed and junk food when I was younger and “healthy” food was b o r i n g.

    I now eat almost no processed food, no candy, no sweet drinks. It is amazing how good real food tastes. On that rare occasion when I think I want candy, I find it to be overwhelmingly disgustingly sickening sweet, not at all like I remember it tasting. And things that used to be boring are amazing, even salad with no dressing.

  27. Missy
    May 17, 2010

    Mmmmm.. this is reminding me of all these yummy salads that I like.. they’re not boring at all! They feel like a treat to me when I am eating them.. I usually like to use spinach or mixed greens leaves.. the darker, the better.
    almonds, strawberries & feta cheese salad w/ a creamy poppyseed dressing
    apples, craisins (dried cranberries) & chicken salad good w/ a mandarin vinegarette dressing
    hard-boiled egg, bacon, cucumber, cherry tomatos, feta cheese & balsamic vinegarette dressing

    I love eating frozen fruit too.. great replacement for ice cream. blueberries, blackberries, raspberries & mangos that melt on my tongue.. yum!

  28. Food Insurance
    December 2, 2010

    Great tips, I love it. I know some kids whose taste-buds I need to retrain ;0)

  29. Roberta Saum
    July 25, 2012

    I totally agree with this article. On my long quest for weight loss and better health I had gone all organic for a time, and I had cut out processed sugar for health problems. Even though now I’m not so strict about being all organic, it’s changed the way I eat forever. I love just salads with simple homemade dressing, along with meat and fresh bread and other foods. YUM. Real food is delicious. :)

  30. Camille
    August 3, 2012

    I agree and am planning to blog about this topic also. When I was younger I ate a lot of processed foods and rarely drank plain water without adding Koolaid or some other kind of drink crystals. Over the years I have gradually weaned myself off these salty, sugary food and beverages. After eating healthy for many years, I actually find those artificial foods somewhat repulsive. It is amazing how marketers have convinces such a huge portion of the population that food is not good enough the way nature made it!

  31. Maya
    March 1, 2013

    You don’t even see the irony of your own statement. Just as we need to train ourselves to appreciate natural foods by eating only natural foods, we also must train ourselves to appreciate the natural human body. If girls stopped covering their faces in powders and goops and stopped getting surgeries and extensions and all this awful stuff, women would be truly beautiful again. Women these days are just like those doritos. They are a million times exaggerated from their natural state but also have less substance and a mechanical, unnatural feel to them. How do you not see the clear, obvious similarity between those two things? If you truly want to appreciate this earth and nature, instead of processed human waste, you need to view makeup and surgeries and human alteration as the processed by-product that it is. Very few people these days really know what hair looks like without colors and gels and sprays. Or what skin looks like without a fake tan and oils and waxing and bleaching. You only ruin the experience for yourself, just as with food.

  32. Jasoon
    April 19, 2013

    I have to mainly agree with maya, as long as the girl doesnt take the natural look back to hairy pits and legs amd still bathes regularly and doesnt smell like petchulli (sp?). My girlfriend is trying to teach me the benefits of healthy food and I have been eating better, she neclver wears make up and only colors her hair when some gray comes in. I think the hair dying is done bc she doesn’t like to draw attention to herself and we as a couple (white 25 y/o male and african/white/native american/carribean 41 y/o female) tend to getclooks anyway when out in public. I am really liking the natural flavors eating a lot more fruit and making sure any meats are organic and free from antibiotics and hormones, still working on the veggies. Since starting to read your blog Rusty, I have lost 13 lbs 3% bf and increased all of my lifts. I like to do low rep low volume heavy lifting followed by 12×5 hanging power cleans or 3×100 hindu squats (I hate running and love leg lifts adding yoga to keep leg muscles long and lean and I dont lift legs more than once every 2 weeks) then after the weights and HIIT I do an extra 3×5 of bicep curls and one arm military press or dumbell press. I am currently 5′ 10″ weighing 165 at 14% bf starting to see where the abs are under this blubber! Lol. I do know that I need to add some lean mass, my goal is to get to 170 lbs 8% bf. Do you have any suggestions to tweak my workout? I do a 2 day split on lifting with the leg lifting once every other week on a typical rest day. Last time I ran at all my foot came down where a brick was missing on the sidewalk and I partially tore my anterior tibius. I am admittedly a little gun shy about running again.

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