I’ve never really been one for new year’s resolutions. Or, rather, keeping them. What I am trialing for 30 days this January, which could potentially fall loosely under the same heading, is NSNG. NSNG denotes no sugar no grains; an approach to eating which has recently come to my attention, and grabbed my interest, having done some reading around the theory. Vinnie Tortorich is your man, for anyone looking to do more reading around the subject.
I’ve always been mindful of nutrition and fitness. And, without doubt, this is an area most people who relocate to the island tend to pay more attention to when they get here. The weather certainly lends itself to the outdoor active lifestyle. And, Cayman’s work hard play hard culture means … for me at least… keep an eye on your eating habits/nutrition orrrr turn into a BLIMP. Girls, the island over, will have no hesitation in flagging the infamous “Cayman 10” to newcomers. Quit your job, buy a ticket, gain 10 pounds… and so on and so forth.
I’d generally live by the old 80:20 rule of thumb, when it comes to what I eat (80- good, 20 – questionable). 70:30 on a bad week, let’s be honest. The island is very social and that kind of leeway, for me, is necessary to allow for BBQs/brunches/nights out etc.
I’m pro whole-foods and absolutely believe that food isn’t about eating for the sake of it, it’s about supplying your body with the nutrients it needs to perform. The more I read about NSNG, and the positive testimonials from the converted, the more I wanted to try it. People all over the web are literally RAVING about; increased energy, better sleep, healthier hair, skin and nails, and weight loss for those with an active lifestyle. The idea being that where you eliminate (processed/refined) sugar and carbs (from grains), your body is forced to burn fat as its primary energy source.
NSNG is pretty much paleo + full-fat dairy + healthier carb sources.
The focus is on quality whole foods… choosing good sources of fat, protein and carbohydrates.
The Basics; (I’ve done the leg work, so you don’t have to!)
Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, full-fat dairy, butter, nut butters (go easy on peanut butter, almond and cashew are better), healthy oils (coconut or extra-virgin olive should do the trick) and maybe even some legumes and sweet potatoes.
Don’t Eat: Sugar, HFCS, wheat, seed oils, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, “diet” and low-fat products and highly processed foods.
More on the foods to avoid…
You should avoid these 7 foods, in order of importance:
Sugar: Soft drinks, fruit juices, agave, candy, ice cream and many others.
Gluten Grains: Wheat, spelt, barley and rye. Includes breads and pastas.
Trans Fats: “Hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils.
High Omega-6 Seed- and Vegetable Oils: Cottonseed-, soybean-, sunflower-, grapeseed-, corn-, safflower and canola oils.
Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose, Cyclamates and Acesulfame Potassium. Use Stevia instead.
“Diet” and “Low-Fat” Products: Many dairy products, cereals, crackers, etc.
Highly Processed Foods: If it looks like it was made in a factory, don’t eat it.
My first NSNG grocery shop came to CI$250… YIKES! However, I do now have a freezer full of meat and fish, three big bags of various fruits and berries for morning smoothies and nuts to last a month! Preparation is key I feel?
So far so good… I’m not missing carbs or sugar! But, its early days… this weekend will be my first, which is always more challenging! I’ll be back in 30 days to let you know how I go!
Let me know if you’ve tried/are trying out NSNG too!