What is the 20/80 Flip? Today most Americans have terrible food habits. In fact, we eat 80% unhealthy foods. The flip is when you are able to implement food habits of 20% unhealthy foods and 80% healthy foods. But what are the healthy foods?
It is hard to believe that a moderately aware, reasonably well-informed person can spend a lifetime in America and still remain profoundly naive about something as basic as healthy eating.
Food - unless it happens to be sitting on a plate - is not a favorite topic of conversation for most people. In fact, for many their food education started and ended in third grade with a simple chart illustrating plenty of red meat, whole milk, white bread, cheese and pasta and then later in life fried chicken, a coke and ice cream was added in by watching TV.
We then wonder why 72.2% of Americans are overweight or obese and why 87 Million are pre-diabetic and we have a healthcare system that spends 18% of GDP (much of which is on lifestyle induced health issues) with little results. You see our generation is among the first people in history to have the luxury of bombarding ourselves with low-cost, nutrient-deficient, high-calorie food. The major problem today is that we have developed into having 80% unhealthy food habits and only 20% healthy food habits. If we can change to 20% unhealthy and 80% healthy then we will go a long way in reversing the health issues we face today.
DiaSnacks™ is designed to help you achieve the 20/80 flip and stay on course.
As you saw in “How it Works” the key is implementing the 5 Golden Rules for healthy food habits. We have established a network of over 1,000 trained and certified health practitioners to implement a lifestyle program that is designed to lose abdominal fat and inches and correct the unhealthy markers identified with the WICO® Score. This program in combination with DiaSnacks™ (to eat healthy between meals) is the proven approach you can live with for sustained long-term health.
Other important factors about the food you eat:
When you mix in a sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise the result is not only a reduced quality of life but a budding health-care crisis. The best medicine, of course, is preventative. Unfortunately, too many doctors are inclined to prescribe a pill rather than a healthier diet.
A stumbling block for many is that eating - the most basic of creaturely activities - seems to have been complicated in recent years. You can't listen to a food expert without hearing all about antioxidants, saturated fats, polyphenols, gluten, probiotics or omega-3 fatty acids.
However, let’s simplify matters as we do know two important facts:
- Populations that eat a so-called Western diet or Standard American Diet (SAD) consume lots of processed foods, meat, added fat, sugar, and refined grains -suffer terribly from obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- Populations that follow traditional diets of high-nutrient, low-calorie foods suffer far less from these maladies. In fact, they enjoy a host of benefits including lower cholesterol and triglycerides, reduced stress, enhanced cellular repair mechanisms, better resistance to cancer, nonappearance of atherosclerosis and diabetes, a delay in the onset of several late-life diseases and greater longevity.
Fortunately, people who get off the Western diet see dramatic improvements in their health - and relatively quickly. And despite all the conflicting claims out there, it doesn't have to be a complicated process and in fact boils down to 9 words:
Eat food. Not too much. And Mostly plant Derived.
Eat food. This command sounds puzzling until you realize that most of us today hardly eat whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and lean meat; but instead eat what we like to call make believe food or "edible food-like substances."
There isn't much profit in selling mushrooms, raw almonds and collard greens. So food companies create - and grocery stores promote - higher-margin food products designed to appeal to our inborn preferences for sweetness, fat and salt. However, it isn't healthy to eat things your ancestors wouldn't have recognized as food. That rules out “Lunchables”, chicken nuggets, Twinkies, Doritos, Go-GURT, spray cheese, Cap'n Crunch, and most varieties of Hostess Ho-Hos.
The key is to consume naturally nutritious whole foods instead of processed foods with dubious health claims like:. ("Half the Calories of Regular Potato Chips!" "Zero Trans-Fats!"). In fact, a simple rule to follow is if it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't.
Not too much. The scientific case for eating less than you currently do - even if you're not overweight - is compelling. "Caloric restriction" slows aging in animals and many researchers believe it offers the single strongest link between diet and cancer prevention.
And Mostly Plant Derived. In countries where people eat a pound or more of vegetables and fruits a day, the rate of cancer is half what it is in the United States. And there is evidence that the more meat there is in your diet - red meat in particular - the greater your risk of heart disease and cancer.
In addition, how you eat is almost as important as what you eat. Having a breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, with a protein and healthy carb at each meal is a great rule to live by. Having a snack between meals, so that you are never hungry or worse still famished at meal time is crucial. These customs matter more than any magical food combination.
What really matters is your everyday practice - your default eating habits. People can easily fall off the wagon occasionally; Sometimes way off. But that is ok. The important thing is not what you eat at a particular dinner party or at a certain great restaurant, but how you eat day in and day out. No one wants to spend every meal obsessing about food. A relaxed attitude is important. As mentioned before, most people today have poor eating habits; that is eating 80% unhealthy foods. If you can do the 20/80 flip, that is eat only 20% unhealthy food and 80% healthy food you will be making the correct step to a healthier lifestyle.
Whatever you do, understand that the stakes are high. Adopting and maintaining a healthy diet is the first and most important step on the path to wellness. It helps protect against heart disease, stroke, some forms of cancer and even the mental decline commonly associated with old age. This is why DiaSnacks™ was created; to help people adhere as closely as possible to the 5 Golden Food Rules. Better nutrition allows you to live a higher-quality, longer life, one full of joy, activity and enduring health, and guess what - you will probably look better too!