What does an overhuman eat? How does (s)he eat, when does (s)he eat?
This post is no ultimate guide to weigth loss (even though you might find it quite useful for that goal too), and no ideal way of eating. There are many dietary experts out there that can give you much more specific, detailed, structured dieting programs than I can, but I feel it is necessary to talk about eating from an overhuman perspective.
If there is one rule in the overhuman diet, it is that you always know why you eat something.
That is the main principle upon which everything else lies. As you see, it is quite often that the main principle of the path to overhumanity is just that – being aware.
Let me explain this with the example of coffee. Coffee has been shown to increase focus and alertness and also to help in sports performance, as well as increasing memory. (for references browse mental performance and sports performance here http://coffeeandhealth.org/).
Regular consumption of coffee makes your body resistant to the effects of caffeine, and therefore makes coffee practically unusable. (http://www.naturalnews.com/012352_caffeine_coffee.html#)
So, the overhuman way of coffee consumption is not to drink coffee unless you have a reason to. Reasons might be the following: you have a straining training session before you that requires a lot of alertness; you are tired, but need to perform (physically or mentally); you have to work on something and keep your concentration on just that; etc.
But what do you eat on an everyday basis?
Well, there are generalities:
- avoid basing your diet on an “empty” food like rice and flour – these foods will satisfy your need for energy as they contain calories, but making them the cornerstone of your diet means depriving your body of important nutrients you need in order to function as a highly tuned precision instrument you want to be
- artifical and highly refined foods are toxic and dangerous in the long term – you do not want to fill your body with chemicals that are not helping you in some way. These foods include potato chips, chewing gum, candy, sodas, industrially produced pastry and so forth. If it’s not natural, it’s probably very bad.
- use stimulants like coffee and black tea sparingly, when you need them. The same goes for other kinds of stimulants like alcohol (drinking up to two beers has been shown to decrease focus but increase creativity – http://blog.pickcrew.com/coffee-vs-beer-effects-on-creativity/) or cannabis.
- take your carbs from fruit and veggies, load up on protein and don’t fear fat – butter, olive oil, pumpkin oil and many others are great
- combine fat with vegetables because vitamins A, D, E and K are soluble in fat, not water, so that way, they become much more bioavailable (http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10736 and http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20040727/fat-helps-vegetables-go-down)
- eat a lot of protein
- eat A LOT of protein
- eat A LOT of protein
- green smoothies or any kind of vegetable or fruit smoothie is a great idea – have one every day
- avoid nutrient stealing foods like phytate filled flour and soy
- eat both raw and cooked foods
- eat nuts
That’s the main idea. It is completely fine to indulge a little in unhealthy things, but just a little, and again, with a reason. Before buying the bag of chips, state your reason. “I feel bad and I’d like to eat something crunchy and salty”. Okay. Buy the bag of chips then. Don’t make it a habit though. I’ve found that, if you do state your reason for eating every time, chances are that you’re not goint to buy the bag of chips or whatever it may be, because you’ll take the unconscious decision to a conscious one.
What kind of meals should you have?
Instead of explaining, I’ll just give an example of what I (would) eat:
- Broccoli, onion, carrots and butternut squash sautéd on butter and a little white wine, mixed with fried eggs and some more butter. (I had that today)
- chicken breasts, marinated in soy sauce, red wine, sesame seeds, salt and pepper, fried on olive oil; carrot, zucchini, onion sautéd on olive oil
- raw cabbage salat with pumpkin oil; fried pork chops
- potato purée with kurkuma with sarma (minced meat rolls, wrapped in sauerkraut leaves and cooked)
- omelette au fromage (put a lot of pepper, you’ll be amazed) and raw onions and pickles
- tofu stir fry (rice, season vegetables, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and scallion)
- grilled fish with lemon juice and olive oil; tomato and basil salad
- cottage cheese with salt and either olive oil, pumpkin oil or flaxseed oil
The Overhuman Diet is not the cheapest diet you can find, it is not vegan or vegetarian and it is not the most eco-friendly diet you’ll find. There is a lot of protein in it, and a lot of that protein is animal protein. Unfortunately, to become overhuman, one cannot sacrifice himself or herself completely and not eat high quality nutrients. However, there are things you can do in order to thread lightly on Earth’s ressources: shop locally, grow your own and, if you can, hunt your own. Dumpster diving is also a smart way to get food. For example, the biggest markets in Zagreb throw loads and loads of vegetables because of small defects or little rotten bits. And we’re talking at least 100 kg every day, on every one of the 5 biggest markets. That’s a lot of vegetables and fruits.
Find your balance, but do not forget what I said – an overhuman is a highly tuned precision instrument. You cannot be a highly tuned precision instrument without good nutrients.
Eat smart to be smart.