Eating has become over complicated. Something once innate and simple has become complex and frustrating. We’re long past the days of hunting, gathering and eating what Mother Nature provides. There are numerous contributors to this dramatic change but a few that merit mention are:
- The poor science of the fat-phobia ringleaders birthed an entire “diet” industry that values profits over health.
- Impressive but evil science crafted hyper-palatable foods designed to leave you hungry and tweaking for more.
- Nutrition Infobesity. Infobesity: information overload; refers to the difficulty a person can have understanding an issue and making decisions that can be caused by the presence of too much information.
The abundance of conflicting nutrition information paired with a food landscape of “diet” foods, engineered crack foods, fake foods and a little bit of real food is tough to navigate. Which diet plan is right? What foods are good and bad? What’s the right macronutrient ratio? Should I take this supplement or that supplement? What about fasting?
Instead of getting lost in the details of the newest diet plans lets refocus on what has nourished humans for thousands of years. Real, unprocessed, unrefined, unf*cked with whole foods. Let’s use the wisdom of our ancestors to simplify this whole thing.
Thanks to nutritional pioneer Weston A Price, DDS we have insight into the diets of our ancestors. Dr. Price studied the varied diets of many thriving indigenous cultures and identified commonalities that contributed to abundant health. Dr. Price’s findings combined with ancestral heath boils down to this:
Choose nutrient-dense, properly-prepared whole foods. Organic, local and seasonal when possible.
What constitutes real food when there are so many imposters?
- Fruits & vegetables
- Properly-raised meats
- Wild-caught seafood
- Soaked or sprouted nuts, seed, grains and legumes
- Healthy unrefined fats from properly-raised animals, avocados, coconuts, olives and cold-pressed oils
- Fermented foods
- Raw or minimally processed grass-fed dairy
NOT Real Food
- Refined and hydrogenated oils
- Trans fats
- Refined sugar
- High fructose corn syrup
- White flour products
- Foods that do not resemble anything made by nature
There is no one size fits all diet. Everyone is a biochemical individual making the best diet for them unique. However, no one is biochemically designed to thrive on hunny buns, Cheetos and slurpees. All of us humans are designed to eat nutrient-dense real food. Bioindividuallity comes into play regarding things like how you tolerate dairy, grains and carbs.
Start to remove packaged and processed foods from your house. Throw these fake foods out or let them run out and don’t replace them.
More to come about food quality, healthy choices and ingredients to avoid in future posts.
Disclaimer: I am not a Registered Dietician or licensed medical doctor. I do not diagnose or treat disease, but instead make healthy lifestyle recommendations for balancing the body and promoting optimal wellness. No recommendation or comment made by me should be construed as being medical advice or diagnosi