Health in a Nutshell

Don’t read this unless you are ready to be receptive to new ideas.

My Food Pyramid

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When you think of health (if you ever do), you think of a low fat, high fibre diet.  You think of the USDA food pyramid as healthy, right?  Or, you just eat what ever tastes good.  Surprisingly, the government is wrong!  The human diet is supposed to be mainly comprised of vegetables, meat, and….saturated fat!  This sounds strange, because doctors have been telling people for decades to eat a low cholesterol, high grain diet to be fit and healthy.  Also, people generally eat the wrong kinds of fat.  Vegetable oils like canola, peanut, and cottonseed are harmful to the body, while meat fats, butter, and extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil are actually necessary for optimum health.  Against common belief, it is saturated fat that is good, and hydrogenated oils and things like “butter substitute” that cause heart disease and other health conditions.  It is important that you have the right meat sources.  If you got bad beef and ate the fat, it would be bad.  Only organic and grass fed meat are healthy.  The reason being, that fat harbors toxins; so if the cow has been fed GM grains and given lots of antibiotics, then by eating the animal’s meat, you would also get whatever they had been fed.

You can eat some sweets without feeling guilty, though.  Next on my pyramid, (see above) is fruit and dairy.  My site is dedicated to creating healthy treats, so look forward to learning how to satisfy your sweet tooth and nourish you body!

Organic is important here too.

Raw dairy is the best for your body, and there are many small farms where you can get this.

Grains should be eaten in small quantities and soaked and sprouted, or fermented. (In my recipes you can see how to do this.). For more on this topic, I recommend the following websites:

http://www.gapsdiet.com

http://www.meganstevenseatbeautiful.wordpress.com

http://www.westonaprice.org

What the Heck!!

Ingredients to Some of America’s Processed Foods

Kellogg’s Poptarts (strawberry) Filling: (Corn syrup, dextrose, strawberries, crackermeal, apples, wheat starch, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, citric acid, xanthan gum, red #40), enriched wheat flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, corn syrup, sugar, whey, dextrose, salt, baking powder, baking soda.

Cheetos: Enriched corn meal, (corn meal, ferrous sulfate, niacin, thiamine, mononitrate, and riboflavin), vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: canola, corn, cottonseed, or partially hydrogenated [canola, cottonseed, soybean or sunflower] oil) whey, cheddar cheese (milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes and calcium chloride), salt, sour cream, artificial flavor, monosodium glutamate, lactic acid, artificial colors (yellow #6, turmeric and annatto), and citric acid.  No preservatives.

Sourcing Quality Ingredients

The ingredients in the foods above are pretty much what all factory-made foods look like.  Terrible, right?  That’s why we need whole foods.  Even though you could go into a supermarket and get food, the produce would have come from conventional farms, possibly imported from another country.  The meat would have come from a slaughter-house where the the animals are fed on GM grain and soy, and continually injected with or fed antibiotics.  Because of this, strive to always get organic produce and meat.  If you have a farmers’ market near you, make the effort to support them, as well as feed yourself good, fresh, local produce, meat and dairy.  If you cannot get local dairy, make sure the milk and milk products you buy are always organic and whole milk.  Try to only consume fermented dairy (see my recipe for yogurt) especially if you are getting pasteurized milk products.  I know it’s tough coming all at once.  Try to implement these changes slowly, one at a time.  Use the money you save from not buying processed foods to fund the upgrades to organic.

You’re probably asking, what about the other ingredients this crazy kid (me) calls for, like chia seeds and stevia?  Two mainstream markets have been very helpful to me: Costco and Trader Joe’s.

Costco will have the following ingredients necessary for my recipes: coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, chia seeds, canned pumpkin, hemp seeds, wild caught canned tuna, organic peanut butter.  Costco not only has the best prices I’ve found for these items, it’s all in one place, and and a place you probably already go!  Costco is also beginning to have some organic produce!

Trader Joe’s has the following good ingredients: organic produce, a small selection of good meat (organic chicken at the best price in town, and wild caught frozen salmon). Also, Trader Joe’s carries a meat brand called Applegate Farms which is very trustworthy; (we like their hotdogs and salami best).  Hemp milk, flax seed meal, raw  organic nuts, aged cheeses, grass-fed butter (Kerrygold or Organic Valley), good yogurt, kefir and sour cream (Nancy’s), frozen veggies and fruits, and stevia.  In general, their canned goods are pretty trustworthy; just look for the only ingredients to be: water, salt and whatever you’re getting canned.  If it has citric acid, that’s okay too, though it is a compromise.

If you can, please get fresh ingredients, not canned or frozen; those are better when you need to eat quickly.

For anything else you might need for healthy eats, here are a few websites:

http://www.eatwild.com

http://www.uswellnessmeats.com

http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com

http://www.realmilk.com

http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com

I hope this makes your transition easier for you.  If you have any questions, please comment on my post.

Franny

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