80/10/10: How These Numbers Can Radically Improve Your Health!
The 80/10/10 method of eating is also the name of the diet lifestyle book by Dr. Douglas Graham. The numbers represent the relationship of ideal daily caloric intake: a minimum of 80% of daily calories from carbohydrates, a maximum 10% of daily calories from protein and a maximum 10% of daily calories from fat. The ideal foods to deliver this caloric ratio are raw, organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Dr. Graham coined the term “caloronutrient” to describe calories obtained from raw, organic carbohydrates, proteins and fats. 80/10/10 is his signature caloronutrient ratio. Different people with different caloric demands (sedentary people vs. professional athletes) will thrive equally on the 80/10/10 ratio though their overall calorie intake will vary widely.
While Dr. Graham has confessed that measuring and tracking food intake according to calories versus volume is imperfect at best, he decided that it is the finest model for explaining to non-scientific laypeople the concepts of his recommended method of nutrition and for providing ease of dietary record keeping. It is important to understand the caloronutrient composition of individual foods in order to best utilize the 80/10/10 method of eating. For example a banana has a 93/4/3 ratio and almonds have a 14/13/73 ratio.
When starting on the 80/10/10 method of eating it is also important to understand that unprocessed fruit sugar is the ideal source of fuel for the body. This sugar is digested, absorbed and utilized easily and readily by the body. Blood sugar accumulation occurs only when there is too much fat present in the blood. The fat blocks the sugars from being ideally processed and a lag in the sequence occurs, much like as with a greasy, clogged water pipe.
An average mainstream human diet typically falls around a 42/16/42 ratio. Raw vegans (who consume many nuts, avocados, coconuts and olive oil) tend upward toward 60% fat. Getting to 80/10/10 requires dedicated work and understanding of food chemistry. When fats are reduced and fruit carbohydrates are increased the body can metabolize, digest, rest, rejuvenate and repair with greater ease and efficiency. By consuming only raw (and ideally organic) produce and nuts with food enzymes intact, the body’s digestive enzymes are spared where by creating less energetic demand on the body from digestion, freeing up energy for other tasks.
It is typical on the 80/10/10 diet to feel not only energetic, but clear of mind. Wounds tend to heal faster, chronic illnesses tend to dissipate, skin clears, eyes gleam, muscle tone improves, fat is lost, medications are weaned and an overall appearance of vitality is enjoyed. Eating according to the 80/10/10 method seems to slow the aging process by providing for the body highly oxygenated, abundantly hydrated macronutrients that are perfect for instant, clean and pure fuel that serves the body as nature intended.
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