Good and Nutritious Food

As discussed in previous columns, denatured and toxic foods are making us a nation of sick and weak people.  The good news is that we can prevent illness and disease with proper lifestyle decisions. 

Food is medicine that can heal or hurt. Learning new habits is better than accepting illness and disease. 

What to Eat: Local, Seasonal, and Whole Foods

What makes these nutritional recommendations different from others is they are based on good science.  No tricks.  No miracle cures; only information about how your body works and how to achieve optimum health. 

Foods that are fresh, real, whole and seasonal are best, especially from local markets.  If this is not possible, organics is the next best.  Food is more than just fuel; it provides nutrients that continually replace hair, muscle, bone, and skin. 

Eating wholesome meals sets an example of good nutrition for your family while creating and supporting ritual and unity.  The cliché saying a family that prays or eats together stays together is true.  Creating positive routines ensures better health for you and your children.

Daily, eat fresh vegetables, small amounts of fruit, nuts, seeds, grass-fed red meats, wild cold water fish like salmon, sardines, tuna and mackerel and free-range organic chicken. These foods make up a high-fiber diet helping your digestive tract to work efficiently. Unless fiber is consumed regularly, toxic foods remain in the gut. Daily bowel movements are necessary. 

Avoid no-fat, low-fat, low-protein, low-calorie and low-salt foods. They create a yo-yo affect of weight loss and gain, and disrupt the natural metabolic processes.

Avoid processed foods containing high amounts of artificial fats and sugars. Frankenfood is another term used to describe factory-made foods that contain artificial ingredients, including MSG, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, preservatives, and chemicals.  MSG causes insatiable hunger and is hidden by calling it “natural flavoring.”

Fat does not cause obesity; too much sugar in the form of simple carbohydrates, large portion sizes and chemicals in artificial foods are the culprits. Sugar acts like a drug.  It is eight times as addictive as cocaine!  Sugar and adulterated wheat have become staples in food consumption.  Avoid them. Over- consumption of sugar is driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel cravings for more which lead to uncontrollable overeating.   The addictive cycle of carbohydrates and sugar cravings is difficult to break. 

Instead, power Up with Protein – start your day with protein. This will satisfy your body’s need for energy, diminishing the craving for sweets.  Eggs, nuts, protein shakes, grass-fed meats, chicken and fish are good. Lara bars are a good choice for snacks.  The best ones are pecan pie, coconut, carrot cake and cashew cookie as they have the least amount of ingredients.

Consume raw foods too.  Uncooked fruits, vegetables, seeds, etc. are superior to cooked foods in nutritional value. Cooking reduces and destroys the nutritional qualities of many foods.

Take supplements. Nutritional deficiencies are epidemic. Research highlights the potential of individualized nutritional therapy to not only prevent and eradicate disease, but to create “metabolic harmony”.  Optimum intakes of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) can improve health significantly.  Supplements support metabolism and are designed to “supplement” a wholesome diet. A good multivitamin is foundational. 

Numerous studies have reported the value of nutritional supplementation. Historically, vitamins have been defined by single deficiency diseases such as rickets, a vitamin D deficiency, scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency, beriberi, a vitamin B1 deficiency and pellagra, a niacin B3 deficiency. The Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA’s) established in 1941 are outdated. They were based on large populations and their nutritional deficiencies, not individuals. The standards had nothing to do with optimal intake for health.

Do not be concerned about counting calories as much as portion size. Life is not about dieting but about living and creating a lifestyle that sustains vitality. Life should not be an arduous journey to the grave, but rather a pleasant ride that allows a taste of things in moderation.

Keep this proverb in mind: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper.” Begin NOW. There is no better time.

Stay well.

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