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Three Flat Belly “Food Swaps”

Posted by Joel Marion

I just got home from the grocery store.

I’m going to make some fajitas.  Mmmm fajitas.

So what did I buy from the grocery store?  Wouldn’t YOU want to know?

Just kidding, I’ll tell you. 

I bought a bunch of stuff that you already know is healthy (plenty of fruits, veggies, etc) and then quite a few things that most people don’t use but are WAY healthier than the “healthy” option of similar food items that people do normally use.

Confused yet?  Let me break it down in to practical examples.

Most people would choose 100% Whole Wheat bread as a “healthy” option.  I didn’t buy 100% Whole Wheat bread, I bought Ezekial 4:9 Sprouted Grain bread.

Is 100% Whole Wheat bread bad?  No, but Ezekial bread is just 100 times better.  Organic, Sprouted, 100% Whole Grain flourless bread.  And a 2-slice serving even contains 8 grams of complete protein (and 6 grams of fiber).  So yes, it’s better.

Not only did I buy some Ezekial bread, but I also bought some Ezekial flourless tortillas (for my fajitas) – same whole grain, complete protein goodness as above.

So that was the first “healthy” food swap I made.

Second, I bypassed the All Natural Peanut Butter and instead picked up a jar of Enhanced Almond Butter by Naturally More.  Why?  Because Enhanced Almond is like super nut butter, and I’m all about being super.  That and the fact that peanuts are one of the most common food allergens, and when consumed regularly can cause slowed weight loss in those sensitive to it (which is actually the majority of individuals).

In addition to that, Enhanced Almond is also fortified with flaxseeds to give it a nice Omega-3 kick.  Best.  Nutbutter.  Ever.

Up next was my third food swap, and that was when I passed through the dairy isle.  See you later organic milk, I’m grabbing the almond milk instead.

Again, a lot of individuals are sensitive to dairy, and actually experience accelerated fat loss by removing it from their diet.  I hardly drink milk anymore, and instead opt for almond milk whenever possible.  

 No lactose, no dairy, no indigestion, no bloat…and frankly, I think it tastes better.

And oh yeah, it has one THIRD the calories of regular milk while scoring far lower on the Insulin Index.

There’s pretty much no downside.

Eat this, not that.  Hey, that’s a popular book. 

Want to up your nutrition IQ even more?  Watch this video from my good friend Isabel where she reveals 4 other “healthly” foods that you should NEVER eat, along with her TOP 5 foods for a flat belly:


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Oh I agree with you but not all of us can afford to buy those items, especially if you have a large family!

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@ Joel Marion

I actually liked the article about inexpensive protein sources. Especially the eggs. Eggs are only about a buck (maybe a bit more for the organic kind) for a whole dozen. Eat only 2 per meal, that will last you 6 meals. Eat eggs for one meal a day, and that will last you about a week. Making it $5, maybe $6 a month. That’s something I can afford.

If I recall correctly, certain seeds were on that list as well. I love how sunflower seeds contain a decent amount of protein in them, and I love nomming on them all day. Although I could eat healthier there, too, as I usually get the salted and shelled kind.

Almonds are decently priced as well. Next week when I get more food stamps, I’ll buy some almonds and see if I can make my own almond milk.

Believe me, if I were rich, I’d have NO problem buying the healthier, but also more expensive options.

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First thank you for posting useful articles like this. A question. You mention that almond butter is the one you recommend because it will not slow down your fat loss… A few months ago and every day on the weekdays, I started eating organic peanut butter and banana on whole wheat bread toast. I eat this as a snack, 2 hours after my breakfast every morning. I’ve been told from all over that it’s a very healthy choice containing a lot of protein, potassium, carbs and a healthy amount of fats (good fats). After reading your article here I gotta say I’m surprised. You mention that peanut butter will slow down your weight loss if you are sensitive to it. Could you possibly explain why that happens? Is it because the body adapts to it like everything else or some other reason? Hopefully almond butter tastes good, because I sure love my peanut butter banana toast every morning. Thank you

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I just wanted to say, I went into the local health food store and noticed the almond milk. I also see they have coconut milk. It’s only 50 calories a serving. I drink two protein shakes daily and I mix it wit& soy milk. Since I saw articles about how bad soy is for weight loss I figured ill try almond and coconut milk. They tasted quite good but more watery than soy milk. I wonder what u feel about coconut milk, since its the lowest in calories. Is that a good choice?

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@ Katrina Love:
Hi Katrina. I’ve been reading Dr. Hulda Clark’s book “The Cure for all Diseases”.She has got great info on asthma, milk, chemicals, acne, cereals, etc. Worth your time.

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@ diane:
Thanks Diane – I’ll have a look. I think the cure for most diseases is to cut out all meat, dairy and eggs!

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@ Katrina Love:
okay i have an eating disorder where i had to cut out soy, dairy and some wheat. it isn’t easy but i overeat without thinking. now sprouts i can’t have al ot of the ezekial bread is high in soy or sodium content. i have looked at the alternative breads and they are high in sodium and that can gause weight gain. any alternatives to bread that have soy and high sodium content?

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I totally 100% agree with all your suggestions, including the ones in the following article, as I have already incorporated these into my diet long ago myself. Yes, often they are more expensive than the cheaper crap alternatives, but you get what you pay for. If people aren’t willing to put the value of their dollar in the food that goes into their bodies, I don’t really know what could be more important than that. I work to live, isn’t that the point?? Keep it up, man~!

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Hi Joel,

I like ready your posts because they are very informative.
I like the fact that you do not tease your reader with the intention of soliciting money to get the answer. You are precise and to the point and you deliver what you promise. I have a question for you about the almond milk. I mix it with whey protein powder first thing in the morning to give me my carb boost. I go about 2.5 hours and then have two scrambled eggs for protein. I also use the same shakes after workouts for recovery. I would like to know your input on my shake recipe? Also should I worry about the cholesterol in the eggs?

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I’m starting my diet tomorrow. Imma go on this diet and do Insanity workout for 60 days just to see how much weight i’ll lose. Im 16 and fluffy( im chubby; Southern girls are raised not to waste food:P). Anways…I hope i’ll have good results like everyone on here. I’ve tried every kind of diet just about and most doesn’t work. Wish me luck. I’ll post how much ive lost later on:)

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