How Tarzan can help you Quit Sugar

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

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Poster - Tarzan's New York Adventure_02

On the one hand, it’s great to see the groundswell of qualified support for the notion that sugar can and will inflict damage on the body over time.  So it follows too that the hunt for “white death” (do you want to argue with Arnie?) should also gather momentum.

On the other hand, trying to figure out where exactly all this sugar we’re consuming is actually hiding (or not) is like one big game of Hide and Go Sleek! It’s also a game we are certainly not winning.

The thing is though, this doesn’t have to be so complicated. If we play smart, start at the finish and work our way back, it really does get much easier to win here.

The process of removing sugar from the diet does not require a forensic analysis of every foodstuff over at www.nutritiondata.com (a nonetheless brilliant tool which we used for recording the macro nutrient breakdown of my food intake during the filming of Cereal Killers). What is does require is common sense.

You have 2 options:

  1. Try to identify every product containing a source of hidden sugar and then plan to avoid all those products.
  2. Eat food with no added sugar in the first instance (meaning you obviously don’t have to go looking for it!).

For reasons that altogether baffle me, Option 1 seems to be very popular nowadays. Haven’t we got much more exciting things to be doing than reading food labels every time we go shopping? It strikes me that folks are approaching this problem from the wrong side entirely. By trying to identify all the foods they like with sugar and then opting for lower or sugar free options thereof, they think they’re winning.

BUT, given that “sugar free” products then introduce the prospect of rancid artificial sweeteners et al into the diet, this is like getting a different bus to the same destination. It may make sense on paper, but so did the Sinclair C5.

How much easier would it be to never have to read a food, drink or snack label? That’s option 2 by the way – the one most folks never take the time to figure out.

In practice, on any given day it might look something like this:

  • Breakfast – 2 boiled eggs; berries + full fat greek yogurt; coffee w cream/coconut oil
  • Lunch – Parma ham, avocado, tomato, rocket with feta cheese, olive oil
  • Snacks – macadamia nuts, 85% dark chocolate
  • Dinner – Ribeye or grass fed burger + buttered garlic spinach; Berries + double cream.

Of course you can go analyse all this over at Nutrition Data (where incidentally you won’t find out that 20g of Lindt 85% has only 2.5g of sugar) or better still you can just apply a simple 1,2,3 test any time you go shopping for food.

It looks like this:

1. THE SUPER BOWL TEST

Could you ever see the product being advertised during Super Bowl?

Ideal Answer = NEVER, where would they get those kinda $$$$$.

2. THE LOOK FOOD NAKED TEST

Stripped of packaging (if any), how does it look?

Ideal Answer = Like food.

3. THE TARZAN TEST

Would Tarzan eat it (if he lived in Manhattan of course)?

Ideal Answer = Hell yeah + that scream he does (which I have no idea how to transcribe).

Bottom line? Next time you go food shopping just think of Tarzan in a Whole Foods store and you won’t go too far wrong.

Poster - Tarzan's New York Adventure_02

 

2 Comments

  1. Hi Donal,
    Loved your film which is another step along the road to overturning the current nonsense of worldwide dietary advice.
    Question,
    Where do you get your Macadamias from and how much do they cost.
    I’m crackers about them, but pay £2.20 from Tesco (just gone up £0.20!) and wonder if your source is cheaper.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • Thanks Mike!
      Macadamias are the most expensive nut in the world – there is no cheap source unfortunately! Try roasting them for 8-12 minutes at 170c if you haven’t already – even more amazing!!

      Cheers
      Donal

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