There’s a big difference between real food and fake food. Real food has the natural texture and consistency of plants and animals and whatever else of where it came from. As you progress on the Atkins diet, and it doesn’t matter where you get your protein, you start to enjoy the texture of real food.
Vegetables are by far the best foods. Fruits and Whole Grains, while being somewhat natural (in fact they are highly hybridized to be starchier) are still sugars. Vegetables are high in fiber, water, vitamins, and minerals. So eat them.
Things that ate and processed vegetables are also good, like eggs and yogurt and honey. Remember greens over grains.
In one of the classics of Chinese Medicine, it says, ‘of the five grains, the bean is the most nutritious’. We all know today that a bean is not a grain, but this statement says something profound. Beans can replace grain in your diet, they can even replace meat! Beans and lentils are an excellent source of protein and fiber as well as other nutrients. What was once considered plebian food is now a nutritional powerhouse and you should eat more of them, if you have any sense.
There’s nothing wrong with eating meat from time to time, just remember, animals that ate greens not grains are healthier, so get your animal food from healthy animals. Even if you endulge in corn fed beef or chicken in a restaurant its not the end of the world.
Just remember to eat your vegetables and enough protein to fill you up and give you power. And whatever you do, don’t be a raw foods vegan. That diet can’t work in the real world, it’s too impractical and by nature incomplete. Fads come and go.
It’s been proven by studying the diets of seventh day adventists and mormons that lacto ovo vegetarianism is the best diet as compared to the SAD or standard American diet. Of course, yogis have known this for thousands of years, but I guess you needed science to tell you it now.
Whatever you do, do it with enthusiasm. I know what I am going to do, and the real sage leads by example. I’ve decided a sugar restricted mostly plant based diet is best for me.