Is Your Food Devouring You? by Clint Evans


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“Mommy, What’s wrong with him?”

This girl couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old. She could’ve been asking about anything. Her mom was a little bit embarrassed because they were at the mall and the little girl was looking at a severely obese man huffing and puffing after only a few steps.

I know the topic of health may be boring and there’s some resistance to it because it requires a shift in sometimes decades ingrained habits and decision-making. But it’s critical to living the best life you can. Or if fear motivates you more ask yourself, “Is being in the hospital or an assisted living place what I want for my future?” Nobody knows the future but you can take steps to stack the odds in your favor.

You “Blobbing Out”?

If you’re like me, the writers here at The Write Room, or most of the Western world you’ve got a big problem our caveman (and cavewomen) ancestors didn’t have…sedentary work. So many of us work in offices or out of our homes and sit in chairs all day long. This combined with the Western world’s processed food, whole grains, tons of added sugars and artificial sugars, over emphasis on animal products, and general lack of vegetable, fruit and superfood intake has led us down a terrible road.

Forget the Zombie Flicks

The biggest worry isn’t that a flesh eating zombie virus will spread around the world in 28 days. We’ve already got a massive and seemingly contagious disease overwhelming us…diabetes. According to over 1/3 of Americans are diabetic or prediabetic. And those numbers are increasing. Diabetes has a cascading effect causing a host of other problems.

Diabetes Hits Home for Me

My granddad suffered the pain, tingling, destruction of his balance because of dead nerve endings in the bottoms of this feet, and a host of other problems because of diabetes. I can’t pin the sole blame for his death on diabetes. But it was a huge contributor factor. Seeing my great grandma “taken away” by Alzheimer’s was the only more painful transformation I’ve had to watch a loved one go through.

But diabetes is just one of the problems caused by our atrocious eating habits.

Obviously, if you’ve been “battling the bulge”, feeling fatigued for years, or grappling with other health issues we probably won’t solve them in one article. But the beauty of it is we don’t have to. If you could just take that one step, even if it’s only a small step, toward better health then I’ve made a positive impact on your life, which is one of my life’s goals.

Ever since my earliest playing days of youth league baseball and up through high school football I’ve rigorously studied health and the latest research studies. It was critical to my performance to have top quality nutrition and training.


The marketing you see emphasizes convenience, animal products, and above all high profit food products. These are almost always disastrous to your health, metabolism, blood sugar and your internal organs. Food labels can seem very misleading for 2 big reasons:

1. Multiple servings in one bottle

2. Unpronounceable ingredients

Quick tip: become a label reader. It takes all of 5 seconds to see how many grams of sugar are in one serving. Then check the bottle or box to see how many servings it contains. If the label contains more than 6 or 7 ingredients and some unpronounceable ingredients I recommend letting the grocery store shelf troll have it back. Because trolls are the only ones who should be consuming that stuff.

I was looking at a 20 ounce bottle the other day that had 28 grams of sugar and 2 1/2 servings in that one bottle. So this one bottle of supposedly healthy fruit juice had 70 grams of sugar!

Doctors “In the Know”

Most doctors “in the know” recommend no more than 25 g of fructose (one of the two main types of sugar, the other is glucose) per day. And maybe 25 to 50 grams of glucose in addition. Most Americans are getting hundreds of grams of sugar per day. I routinely talk to clients who are getting 300 g to 500 g of sugar per day or more. Is it any wonder why diabetes is running rampant?

Liquid Death

Liquid death may be a little overly dramatic but all types of sugary drinks from those favorite sodas, favorite “fruit juices” that have 5% REAL FRUIT juice and the rest “natural flavoring”, ice coffees, mocha lattes, frappucinos, and more are contributing a whopping 20% to 33% of the average American’s daily calories.

And this is the worst type of sugar… liquid sugar. This takes your digestive system almost no time to break down. So it almost instantly goes into your bloodstream spiking your blood sugar. Your pancreas then surges its insulin production. Go through this cycle many times and you develop insulin resistance which leads to diabetes.

The Whole-Grain Myth

Whole grains are touted by these supposed authority sources we trust. But the “whole wheat” of today is not the same whole wheat as our great grandparents in the 1950s and 1960s. It’s been genetically altered, spliced, and its chromosomes have gone from 14 to 48 in the most commonly available form of wheat today which is called dwarf wheat. After reading Dr. William Davis M.D.’s wonderfully enlightening Mega best-selling book “Wheat Belly”, I’m more convinced than ever you deserve to replace the grains you eat. Dr. Davis did multiple tests showing even whole grains  spike your blood sugar as much or more than glucose. That astounded me!

The Hamburglar Comes for You

Like the Hamburglar steals hamburgers, grains and sugars steal the trim figure you once were or would like to see in the mirror. At least the Hamburglar leaves nothing behind. Unfortunately, grains and sugars leave behind layers of fat causing you to wonder why that figure you see in the mirror looks like someone else.

So what’s the solution?

Obviously, I don’t want to be a Donnie Downer getting you all depressed with fear mongering. We’ve got plenty of politicians and mainstream news media to do that for you.

Up to 90% of how energized you feel and how trim that character you see in the mirror is comes from your eating plan.

I bet you thought from that sedentary section above I was going to recommend you immediately start exercising at least 60 Minutes per day using a rigorous P90X or Insanity Workout style plan. But that just isn’t the case. Yes, exercise does provide many health benefits to your cardiovascular system, your breathing, your brain function, and many other areas of your health. But…

Energy and Weight

But for energy and weight loss nutrition is where it’s at. So here are my 4 recommendations.

[1] Dark Chocolate

[2] Kale – Romaine Lettuce – Spinach

[3] Blueberries

[4] Broccoli

Bonus: Avocados

Just eat 1 of these food items 3 times or 4 times per week and you’ll start feeling better. Any upgrade is going to help. As a general rule if you eat more vegetables (especially leafy greens which are the most nutrient packed foods on the planet), fruits, nuts and seeds your health will improve.

If you make the glorious decision to take one simple step and just do one of my recommendations then congratulations. You’ll find as you do one for a little while it’ll be easy to take one step from there. Once you’ve added a second one each single upgrade you make will be easier than the last. And you’ll feel better than you have in decades and within a few weeks or 3 to 4 months you may not even recognize that “movie star” character you see in the mirror.

I’m glad to answer your questions or talk with you via the comments below. So leave your comment or question because you never know who else you might be helping.

Clint Evans is 1 of the editors at Hip Chick Fitness If you’re looking to melt fat using natural, healthy nutrition methods then grab his best-selling book “Get Down to 150”


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24 thoughts on “Is Your Food Devouring You? by Clint Evans

  1. Clayton Bye Post author

    I enjoyed the article. I think by keeping it simple and giving us a few easy steps to take as the beginning of a new lifestyle is the way to go. Anyone can implement what you’ve suggested. And I loved that one of the choices was dark chocolate (I already have Kale at least once per week).

    Clayton Bye

  2. Sharla

    Clint, great article! Glad to see that some of my recent choices have been on the GOOD side, especially the dark chocolate! I have tried the avocado but the taste is just not for me 🙁

  3. James L. Secor

    Oh! Don’t forget HFCS: high fructose corn syrup. Perhaps THE dietetic reason for the rise of diabetes type 2. It’s in nearly everything–including milk! Not listed in many as being present. (and therefore, of course, since it’s not listed it’s not there) For those with an intolerance to the new wheat gluton, try corn spaghetti.
    In China, I was 20 lbs lighter. In fact, just landing in the country and eating one meal seemed to shed 5 lbs! (Obviously, rationally, not. But metaphor is SO-ooo much more evocative.) There are no additives in the food, especially if you get past your bias about buying fresh food from the street vendors. HFCS is outlawed, though I think Coke gets away with it by noting “other natural sweeteners.” Natural my ass! None of the doctors I’ve seen get the connection; they just tell me to start cooking in the States with a guo (wok). Except for the taste increase and the oil decrease, this does not work at all. (In all of my 7 yrs in China, the only time I got Mao’s Revenge was eating in nice restaurants. Some of the best food I found in restaurants that would make you choke and shiver with cultural horror.)

  4. Trish Jackson

    Thank you for your wonderful advice. I truly hope people reading this article will seriously consider making the change to a healthier lifestyle. Obviously you know not to separate a woman from her chocolate!
    Although your book will help anyone who reads it, the title indicates that it is geared to younger women. With so many baby boomers currently reaching retirement age, I hope you’re working on another book to give hope to older women who may think it’s too late to get their health and energy back.
    James, thank you for raising awareness of HFCS – I always read the labels and try to avoid it at all costs.

  5. Bryan Murphy

    Thanks for this clear, useful and upbeat article, Clint.
    A week ago, I was sitting in the departure lounge of Lisbon airport. On recent visits to Portugal, I’d noted with pleasure the height of young people there: so much taller than when I lived in the country 40 years ago. I put that change down to better nutrition because of reduced poverty. In the departure lounge, sitting with my eyes at the level of the bellies of the milling crowd, it was not the height of the Portuguese I noted but the obesity of so many people, from so many countries. It seems the benefits of having enough food are being outweighed by the effects of too much food of the wrong type. It is something that affects both sexes and all ages. We’re lucky to have people like you, Clint, to make us all aware of what is happening to us and what we can do about it.

    1. Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins

      Clint this article is exceptional. It seems when you look around, it would appear that our country is facing a critical issue of obesity. Blog post like these are especially helpful so those that read it will realize a “diet” does not mean deprivation of all great taste.

      Thank you for caring about the population at large with a compassionate post so enlightening for us all.
      For anyone that cares to know, Clint’s book is filled with helpful advise and it works!

  6. Martha Love

    Clint, I appreciate your suggestion in this article to start with simple changes in diet, one step at a time. I’ve been doing this now for about 25 years, ever since one of my best friends was diagnosed with lymphoma in the late 80s and encouraged me to change my diet before I too got sick. Seems that I am still refining these changes after all this time. Thanks for the avocado reminder as I had been pondering adding more of this food. Also , I very much appreciated all the information and tips in your book. I recommend it for any age person on the quest for a better diet and improved health.

  7. Clint Evans

    @Clayton – it’s got to be simple and easy to implement or people won’t do it. And getting people to improve their lives is what it’s all about. The rest is just mental masturbation and academia.

    @Cynthia – carbs come in all forms not just blood sugar spiking grains and sugars. And it’s not about being perfect so enjoy some of your most tasty treats 1 or 2 days a week.

    @Kenneth – what we grapple with everyday…our our mental processes, story we tell ourself, past eating patterns, and the damn smart businessmen and women behind the food companies in their arms race to get us to eat more.

    I read an article that some food companies have a ticker tape like on the old stock market. It shows their stock price vs. their competitors. They know that to beat their competitor “he who uses the most sugar wins” is a proven path. So that’s why the amount of sugar and bad food choices is escalating…because it tricks our tastebuds and causes us to eat more making them more profits.

    @Sharla – glad you’re enjoying the benefits (especially magnesium and potassium) from the dark chocolate.

    Sad to hear about avocado. I find it has a very mild and pleasing flavor. Perhaps you can mix some into your smoothies to mask its flavor while still getting its nutrient benefits?

    @James – you’re absolutely right to call out HFCS and it’s even more evil twin that was just recently developed in the food lab…Crystalline Fructose.

    And I’m not good eating weird foods so probably will never audition for the TV shows Fear Factor or Survivor.

    @Trish – Dark chocolate, preferrable raw cacao, is the best way to go. It has lots of health benefits as noted in my comments to Sharla above. I was never a fan of chocolate before…just didn’t like the taste. I know that’s sacrilege especially to women but I always preferred the taste of vanilla.

    But dark chocolate’s health benefits are so good I had to get it in my eating plan. I found a chocolate superfood blend I can drink that has a mild flavor.

    I didn’t intend for the book to be only for younger women. Most women I deal with are between 25 and 45 to 50. Getting nutrition “dialed in” is good for women and men of all ages to produce better, have more energy, feel better and enjoy life more at every stage life has.

    I’m working on another book just don’t have a release date yet.

    @Bryan – there’s lots of stuff going on behind the scenes by very smart and motivated people. Everybody desires to make a good living and many desire to make big bucks. Nothing wrong with that as long as you aren’t breaking laws or being unethical.

    My stance is we each have free will and get to choose what foods we put into our body. So I don’t have a problem with the food companies putting out unhealthy stuff because they must label it. It’s up to us to take charge of our own lives and health destinies with nutrient rich choices.

    With the internet there aren’t any excuses because good info is out there.

  8. Harmlessjoyce (Joyce Elferdink)

    Now that I’ve eaten my daily dark chocolate sea salt caramel, I can offer my comments…. There may be something in your article, Cliff, that dispels one of the myths that each of us holds. For me, it was the whole grain/wheat myth. I really believed whole grains to be important to our diets–but you said “not the modern version.” Thank you for the enlightenment!

    The food available to us today is almost frightening. My question is: how do we find affordable food that doesn’t have all the deadly additives or is just empty calories? I go to our farmers’ market but the prices are high. And I don’t have a space for a garden nor the willingness to dig in the dirt (I tried that once and found crawly things down under.)

    Maybe I’d better get your book…

  9. Anne Sweazy-Kulju

    Wow, Clint, great article!

    I thought I was eating well using the adage, “if it’s white, it ain’t right.” Only red-skinned potatoes or sweet potatoes, no whites; only whole grain brown rice, no white; only whole grain and multi-grain breads, no white bread. As a result, I lost about 20 pounds the first year (some five years ago), and I have never gained it back–still a size 6. But what will I do if I throw out whole grains? (no, really, what should I eat in their stead?)

    I never drink sodas, I do drink a lot of water (wonderful for complexion and digestion.) I do eat romaine or spinach salads at least 4 times per week, and broccoli is on the menu at least once per week. I am a dark chocolate fiend, so I have to ask you… does my dark chocolate Ensure, which I drink each morning, satisfy the dark chocolate requirement? Because if I have to consume more of it to be truly healthy, well it’s a tough order, but somehow I’ll manage (he-he-he.)

    PS to Joyce – Research the “Square-foot Garden”. I stumbled upon it 3 years ago, and it is the easiest means of growing your own healthy, fresh veggies. Crawly things are good for the soil. Use a spade to dig! I had a black thumb in addition to being disabled, and I managed. Three years running we have had bumper crops (which we share with our elderly neighbors), of sugar snaps, green beans, spinach, romaine and leafy lettuces, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, carrots (2 varieties), basil, chives, elephant garlic, pineapple sage, red potatoes (went crazy!), and (we can hardly believe it) two 3-year old avocado trees I started from the seeds. The trees are now over six feet tall–I live on the Oregon coast!.

    The square-foot garden offers a lot of plants in a very small space; it’s an easy reach to anything planted, easy to weed, easy to water, easy to keep the critters and slugs out, naturally. We have a freezer full of seal-a-meal fresh-picked veggies that will last most of the winter. It is truly the easiest home garden to maintain; you really should check it out.

  10. Linda hales

    Hi Clint – I suspect that advancing age does make it more difficult to maintain an active metabolism and so I can envision an entirely separate book on that angle. I’m on the same page as Trish in wanting to see that happen. Now I must say that I have been eating dark chocolate and avocado for many years but I’m one of those people who get bored with routine and then go for weeks or months without them. For those who do not enjoy the extremely smooth texture of avocado (an essential fatty acid), and I would be one of those, here are a couple of ideas that make it more palatable. Put it into your smoothie – I use 1/4 avocado per blender, add skim milk, pure orange juice, greek yoghurt, honey, ground flax meal, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. It is amazing. If you want to make a custard, follow the above without the skim milk and a blenderful will last you a week. Very healthy, tasty and I use the custard as a dessert. I don’t mind avocado cubed with a spray of lemon as one ingredient of a healthy salad but I am definitely not a fan of guacamole with garlic in it. Oh, I forgot to tell you that cocoa is amazing when mixed with avocado so feel feel to add that to a smoothie and/or the custard. You may be pleasantly surprised as was I.
    Best of luck to everyone and may we all sport healthy bodies for many years to come.

  11. Clint Evans

    @Martha – glad I could be of help in your journey. And I’m glad you recognize it’s a journey not a destination. Keep on upgrading even by the smallest of margins because it all adds up over time.

    Prevention is far better than treating symptoms. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~Hippocrates (Greek recognized as the world’s first doctor)

  12. Clint Evans

    @Joyce – I’d love it if you grabbed my book. I promise there are no crawly things in it. My book certainly has practical tips you can use with a consideration to the family grocery budget. This is a big concern. I’m not a big gardener either because of the time and work involved so don’t talk about gardening much. It’s a great food source if you enjoy it. Or preferably have a neighbor who gardens:)

    What food companies are doing is frightening but makes sense from a business standpoint. They’re researching to “trick” our tastebuds into craving more so they make more profits. We can comprehend though not agree with this motive.

    You’ll find that the ‘edges’ of your grocery store have the cheapest, most unprocessed real foods. Those things in the boxes and packages are the highest profit foods for the companies. So you’ll find your grocery bill goes down by gravitating toward raw and minimally processed goods.

    Go organic where you can afford it. At least these foods
    Cherry Tomatoes
    Hot Peppers
    Sweet Bell Peppers
    Collared Greens

    You can buy these regular non-organic because they hold usually low amounts of pesticides

    Sweet Corn (I wouldn’t eat these because they’re genetically modified but make your own choice)
    Frozen Sweet peas
    Papayas (I wouldn’t eat these because they’re genetically modified in the US and Canada)
    Cantaloupe (domestic)
    Sweet Potatoes


    If you’re a big fan of eggs and milk. I eat eggs because they’ve got good nutrients. Then check out this resource:

  13. Clint Evans


    From what you’ve described you’re on an excellent path. I’m not surprised by the weight loss. Thankfully, you don’t have hormonal challenges that would keep the weight on despite healthy eating. This frustrates many women who eat well but still can’t rid the fat.

    Replacing Grains

    It’s a tall order since so much of the food companies’ strategy hinges on the new modified “dwarf” wheat. Dr. William Davis did extensive study and testing at his clinic and the results were astonishing. This stuff is just bad news and he documents how bad in his mega best-selling book Wheat Belly.

    It stimulates the same brain receptors that Heroin stimulates! It affects almost every body system in a negative way. So you deserve to reduce or eliminate it from your eating plan.

    Seeds of all kinds are great. Just find one you like and go with it. Chia seeds and Hemp seeds are best. Pumpkin seeds are a fantastic source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They help balance the out-of-whack Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio most in the western world tote around inside their bodies.

    Nuts are also great for snacking and require no prep time. Sticking with raw nuts is best. Preferred choices for nutrient content and taste are Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios, and Brazil Nuts.

    Dark Chocolate Ensure?

    Are you drinking this one? Ensure® Rich Dark Chocolate Shake

    If so I have grave concerns about the WHOPPING 18 GRAMS of Sugar in ONLY an 8 ounce serving.

    That’s almost as much as Coca-Cola per ounce!

    Coke = 3.25 grams of sugar per ounce
    Dark Chocolate Ensure = 2.25 grams of sugar per ounce

    Coke Nutrition Facts:

    If you like the taste and you’d be stuck with worse alternatives then keep drinking the Ensure. I’d like to know roughly how many grams of sugar you’re getting elsewhere in your daily eating to make a better recommendation.

    General Guideline = under 50 grams of sugar per day is best (under 25 grams is recommended by Dr. Mercola)

    I can share with you the kind of dark chocolate I drink if you’d like. Just Ask.

    Staying off the sodas is key. Most westerners get 20% to 33% of their calories from liquids. These are almost always from sodas and fruit juices loaded with sugar.

    Square Foot Garden

    I’ll have to check into the square foot garden. Sounds like you’re getting excellent crop yield with relatively less work and hassle.

  14. Clint Evans


    You’re correct that age plays a role. But the fundamentals of healthy, nutritious food are the same throughout life.

    I’m working on an angle for the book around anti-aging and the antioxidants needed to make it a very healthy process.

    Smoothies – Avocado

    I love your suggestion of this recipe. I’m a big believer in blending smoothies to get those essential nutrients when you just can’t stand the taste of the food.

    Growing up playing baseball and football my coaches recommended some whey protein, creatine, and NO2 that didn’t taste good. But blend them up and chug them down so you get the benefits.


    I’d substitute water (or coconut water) instead of orange juice because of orange juice’s high sugar content. Greek yogurt also usually has high amounts of sugar if you buy it from the store. If you make your own at home you have control over how much if any sugar you add.

    Real “Ceylon” Cinnamon NOT Fake Cassia Cinnamon

    Real cinnamon (not the fake stuff loaded with sawdust you can get at grocery stores) slows the rise of blood sugar which is very good.

    Grocery store cinnamon is often loaded with extra sawdust. And it has more coumarin which is dangerous for people on blood thinners.


    Love your recipe and I do lots of smoothies during the week. Great way to get fast nutrition without cooking.

    1. Linda hales

      Thanks for the additional insight Clint. I’ll look into buying those items at a health food store with greater awareness now. I had heard about cinnamon and know that it is healthy for diabetics and figure on getting some into my diet every day. Raw local honey and cinnamon in hot water to make a tea is supposed to be a good idea – trying it but have a hard time creating habits. I need to and will get better at it.

  15. Carol

    A word about honey: For a long time, we’ve thought of honey as oh so good for you. But beware…some honey is over-processed so it’s just liquid sugar. Your best bet is to buy local honey if you can. Or buy it from a health food store. There is a “healing honey” called Manuka. This is pricey, yes, but if you have a stubborn wound, give it a try. And please choose your honey carefully. If it’s clear, it’s probably been processed down. And check everything you buy…you’ll be surprised how many items have sugar in them. I noticed there’s sugar in the prepared chicken salad from deli at local big name grocery store in this area. Bottom line—honey is still a form of sugar..better than processed, of course, but only if you get quality honey that has “stuff” in the jar besides clear, processed liquid sugar.

  16. Clint Evans


    The key is to start the habit. Take that 1 step. That’s the way I’ve found works. You consistently upgrade little by little. In 2 or 3 months you’ll be worlds ahead of where you started. Big changes rarely happen because our mind sees them or imagines them as too daunting. So we don’t even start.

    Glad you’re going for raw local honey. As @Carol states “some honey is over-processed so it’s just liquid sugar”. This is very true. How our food is prepared matters as much or more than what we actually eat.

    That’s the scary part because people don’t consider this factor. So we eat things we think are healthy but that are actually just sugar, empty calories, trans fat, or other ‘ingredients’ our body doesn’t know how to digest or what to do with.

    Key point:

    Lose the “need to” because those are weakening words. Need is kind of like the word “Someday”.

    Have you ever seen the movie Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz? Cameron said something to the effect “Someday I’m going to this tropical island with my dream man for a dream vacation.” Tom retorts “Someday is just code for NEVER.”

    “Need to” is much the same code for Never. So get rid of that phrase. Upgrade your internal and external language while you’re upgrading your nutrition. It’s as important to feed your mind as it is your body.

    Your mind will thank you.

    Triumphant point:

    You said “I will get better at it.” That’s how Sh*t gets done!

  17. Clint Evans


    You speak the truth…honey is 1 of those items that masquerades as a “healthy food” but often times isn’t because it’s been so processed and degraded from its natural state.

    Raw honey is best from a local specialty store. It is a bit more of a cash outlay but provides far more savings to your health than the cash out.

    Seems to me honey should have an amber or brownish-yellow color. My granddad had honey bee hives when I was younger so I’ve seen some natural, raw honey before.

    Thanks for the Tip

    I’ll have to look into “healing honey” called Manuka. I haven’t heard of this before. Gratitude for the tip.

  18. Lynn

    “I can share with you the kind of dark chocolate I drink if you’d like. Just Ask.”
    OK, Clint – I’m asking. What kind of dark chocolate do you drink?

    1. Clint Evans


      I get it from my friend here in Austin TX. He does ship worldwide.

      I use the Chocolate Bliss, Vanilla Agave, Sun Fire Salt and Ultra Tocos. The Tocos is optional. I use it because it adds an excellent source of Vitamin E. He makes his Vanilla Agave in a way that has minimal impact on blood sugar unlike lots of super heated agave you can get at grocery stores. I asked him about this and he told me about the tests he’s done on blood sugar after drinking it.

      Tell David I sent you. Ask him for his recipe.


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