Solving the Dilemna of What is OK to Eat
We hear new information about what is healthy for us to eat almost every day, it seems. One day eggs are in, the next they are out. One day high carbohydrate diets are good for us, the next we are told low carb is the way to go. So what should we eat???
Maybe we should look back for guidance to what our ancestors ate when the rates of cancer and heart disease were practically non-existent. Traditional, nutrient-dense foods that have nourished people for thousands of years can help us to be healthy and free of the degenerative diseases that plague our modern societies. Eating these whole foods will increase our intake of vitamins and minerals that we need, and will boost our immunity. Replacing the processed foods that many people eat these days with more traditional, nutrient-rich foods can make a big difference in your health and that of your family.
There are several people and/or organizations and their health-related web sites that we would like to call special attention to because we think they may significantly benefit your health. These are Dr. Mercola, the Weston A. Price Foundation, and the Maker’s Diet. They all believe in returning to a more natural, whole foods-based diet much like our ancestors had. They all have certain ideas in common, as follows:
- It is better to get most of your nutrients from your foods, not supplements.
- Meat in the proper amount is good for you, including red meat, but only if the animals are fed their proper diet, which means they are pasture-raised.
- Pasteurized dairy products, especially milk, are not good for your health. Raw, unpasteurized dairy from grass-fed cows can be a healthy addition to many people’s diets.*
- Contrary to what you may have heard, stay away from most soy products. Most soybeans are genetically modified, have very high levels of pesticide contamination and are high in phytates, which hinder absorption of many minerals. High consumption of soy has been linked to depressed thyroid function, and many soy products have dangerously high levels of aluminum and manganese.
- Coconut oil, high in saturated fat, is actually good for you, and can help rev up your metabolism and aid in weight loss.
- Reduce or eliminate your intake of most vegetable oils, including canola, soybean, corn, safflower and sunflower. These are prevalent in most processed and restaurant foods, including salad dressings.
- Fluoride and chlorine added to water are bad for you. If these are in your water, you need to filter it.
*Editor’s Note: Many people have a hard time believing that raw dairy products can be safe, because of all the warnings they have heard though out their lifetimes. However, pasteurizing milk started in response to the poor sanitary conditions of large dairies around the turn of the last century, and if the cows are healthy (and they are much more likely to be healthy if they are pasture-fed as nature intended) and care is taken in keeping the milking process and containers used clean, raw milk is actually safer than pasteurized milk today. During the 1930s and 1940s, health officials recommended clean, certified raw milk as the ideal food for babies and growing children.
For more info, go to www.realmilk.com