The Edify Food Pyramid
Below is what we believe the Food Pyramid should look like. Your diet should always consist of REAL food, eaten either raw or cooked from scratch, and not "food-like" substances that have come out of a lab. This Food Pyramid is based on a diet that is HIGH in saturated fats and LOW in carbohydrates and is generally the opposite of what the so-called "food authorities" would have us believe in.
Foods that are naturally high in saturated fats include coconut oil, butter, nuts, animal fats such as lard, ghee or tallow, fish oils, avocado, cheeses, cream, and dark chocolate.
The majority of your daily food intake should be made up these types of foods. All the carb measurements displayed are for the raw product, unless otherwise stated (sourced from Calorie King©). If you are purchasing any of these items from a store, always check the label first as some amounts will vary from brand to brand as well as from fresh to frozen.
We encourage everyone, where possible, to either grow your own or shop locally to avoid unnecessary food mileage. Choose 'Certified Organic' over chemically treated/possible GM produce, 'Free-Range' over barn/shed/factory raised, 'Pasture Raised' meats over feed lot meats, and '100% Grass Fed' over grain fed beef (cows are not designed to eat grain and are often fattened up in the last weeks of their lives in feed lots on (possibly GM) grain, making them only 90% grass fed. Don't be fooled.)
Carbs: 0.4g/100g (raw)
Carbs: 2.2g/100g (boiled)
Carbs: 2.3g/100g (raw) 2.4g/100g (boiled)
Carbs: 2.5g/100g (raw) 3.9g/100g (cooked)
Carbs: 2g/100g (boiled)
Spinach (All Varieties)
Carbs: 0.8g/100g (boiled)
Carbs: 2.2g/100g (cooked)
Carbs: 1.4g per100g
Carbs: 0.3g/100g (raw) 0.5/100g (cooked)
Carbs: 4.6g/100g (raw) 7.5/100g (cooked)
Carbs: 1.9g/100g (boiled)
Carbs: 2g/100ml (canned)
Full Fat Milk**
Himalayan Rock Salt*
*Do NOT remove salt from your diet. Use Himalayan Rock Salt instead of table salt.
**Consumption of these foods can be reduced if you find your weight loss has stalled and you still need to lose more.
***Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day too. Do the environment a favour and DON'T purchase bottled water.
Carbs: 7.7g per 100g
Carbs: 5.0g per 100g (raw) 5.3g/100g (boiled)
Carbs: 8.0g per 100g
Try to limit your fruit intake to one piece a day. Fruit is high in naturally occuring sugars like fructose. If you can't live without your fruit then try to eat more berries like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries etc as they have a lower carbohydrate content.
This list should be kept to an absolute minimum or none at all. All foods in this list are very high in carbohydrates because of the high sugar content. If sugar is an absolute necessity, then avoid the highly refined varieties and go for natural alternatives. If you are wanting to avoid the highs and lows of blood glucose levels it's probably best to avoid sugars.
There are some foods that, in our opinion, should just never be consumed at all by humans or animals - Genetically Modified Foods. It is really important that you read the labelling on processed food packages. Avoid foods that contain highly refined ingredients such as corn and soy, High Fructose Corn Syrup in particular. Avoid foods with numbers and those that you need a science degree to interpret. If you don't know what an ingredient is then don't eat it.
Other foods to avoid are those that contain the chemical Aspartame, as it can pose a whole new set of health problems. Also avoid "Diet" foods and "Low-Fat" foods as these often have the good fats removed only to be replaced with sugars or sugar-like substances.
The foods listed below, we believe, are toxic to the human body and are also generally very high in carbohydrates.
In short, avoid;
- Genetically Modified Food (GMO)
- High Fructose Corn Syrup aka Corn Syrup
- Refined Sugar
- Cereal Grains
- Cereal Grain Flours ie: wheat, corn etc
- "Low-Fat" Foods
- Omega 6 Seed Oils aka Vegetable Oils and foods that are cooked in or with.
- Canola oil
- Sunflower oil
- Safflower oil
- Corn oil
- Cottonseed oil
- Soybean oil
- Flaxseed oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Rapeseed oil
- Peanut oil
- Butter-like spreads
- Trans Fats and any foods cooked in or with.
- "Diet" Foods
Here is a great article on foods that are toxic to the human body, and another one on why you should never eat vegetable oil or margarine.