Super Food-Chain Nutrition

Hey All –

For today’s entry, I just wanted to mention somewhat of a reinvented take I’ve had on a familiar theme.  Obviously, I’m a huge proponent of the vegan diet and have done numerous entries here based around the concept.  However, one of the problems with saying “vegan diet” is there is too much latitude as to what exactly that might look like.  We know it would be a diet devoid of all animal products, but that only speaks to what it does not include.  Consequently, many who follow the vegan diet for ethical, environmental, humanitarian, political and/or spiritual reasons might be succeeding just by omitting animal products, but they could be (and often are) falling drastically short in the superior health department, because not enough attention is given to what they should be including in their regimen.

In fact, what I have most often observed is this:  Someone is following the typical shitty American diet, full of processed, high-fat, high-sodium, high-sugar foods, and a fair amount of animal products like beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, etc.  So when they switch to a vegan diet, they basically just try to emulate the kind of diet they’ve been following, but primarily substitute all of the usual animal products with highly processed veggie versions like soy.

Now, on the short-term as a transitional mechanism, this is probably okay, and no doubt an improvement.  But over time – hopefully sooner than later – I recommend that these folks start integrating more multicolored fruits and veggies, whole grain products, plenty of beans, peas and legumes, raw, unsalted nuts and seeds, some supergreen foods like collards, spinach and spirulina, lots of clean drinking water and, sure, even a few organic soy items here and there.

All of these things I mentioned would fall under what I refer to as Super Food-Chain Nutrition; super foods that are low on the food chain.

In other words, super foods – those foods that are the most nutritionally dense, and that give you the most bang for your caloric buck – that are “low on the food chain” – meaning that they originate or are derived directly from, the plants, trees and bushes of the earth.  Super Food-Chain Nutrition.

In these weeks ahead, I look forward to talking about a variety of ways to engage this ultimate way of eating.  For now, try taking inventory of any food items you already eat that might fall into this category…

Back at you guys –

BR

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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3 Responses to Super Food-Chain Nutrition

  1. Lisamarie says:

    Nice one. I’ve been 98% vegan for a couple years now(that is, except for maybe some MINUTE, indirect amounts of dairy that may be lurking in some non-veggie restaurant veggie dishes that I can’t see or taste), but still rarely eat all the stuff I should, like the raw stuff.
    Thanks for this.

    Oh-and be doing something FUN for your b-day today(13th)!

  2. Kent Salisbury says:

    Bobby,

    I am 41 (soon enough) and have been pretraining for bodybuilding this winter. I am two months in and seeing some good results. 3hat being said, I am interested in replacing the monster amounts of meat proteins I must take with quite possibly a vegan style food regiment. Can you please suggest some replacements that will allow me to see the gains in mass and muscle without all the meat? When I started thinking about this change I thought of you might know first before anyone having also built as you have. @ have met you Twice at drum clinics in Albany NY area, you have always inspired me with my drumming and now am equelly inspired with the healthly living, I only wish I had not waited so long. Thanks, and God Bless!
    K

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