If your body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs, it will not perform well. If you feed your body low-quality food, you may feel sick and tired, rather like a sluggish engine running on contaminated fuel. Over time poor food and lifestyle choices can result in chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately these debilitating conditions are preventable and often reversible with nutrition and lifestyle changes.
There are so many conflicting theories on nutrition that it can make your head spin. A few of the common diets out there are:
- Vegan (no animal products)
- Lacto-ovo vegetarian (includes dairy and eggs but no meat)
- Paleo diet (“caveman” diet – lots of meat and vegetables)
- Gluten-free and grain-free diets
A quick look at these diets shows that there are striking differences. All of them, of course, claim to be the ideal diet. All of them cite scientific research backing up their theories. What is the truth? What should we eat?
This question is the subject of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, a popular book by Michael Pollan. The “dilemma” is that we no longer know what to eat because there are so many choices available to us in all seasons, from all over the world. Historically this question was answered for us; people just ate what was available or what their culture recommended. With the advent of the internet, many of us are confused by the constant barrage of information from the “experts.” We are the only animal on this planet that does not intuitively know what to eat. Some people constantly switch from one diet fad to another, others have diets that become more and more limited as they strive to achieve the perfect diet.
The majority of people, however, just eat the cheapest and most convenient food available. In the past century, the industrialization of our food supply has led to a society eating nutrient-poor, even toxic, food. Most processed food has been engineered to tantalize our taste buds and keep us coming back for more. As a nation we are overfed and undernourished. It is not surprising that we are suffering from obesity and chronic disease in epidemic proportions.
We are passionate about teaching people to eat real food – food that you could find in nature or on a farm. Foods that require industrial processes and chemicals to produce do not produce health. What would we eat if there were no super markets lined with rows of brightly packaged processed and refined food? Natural, whole foods from local sources have the best flavor and nutrition!
It is interesting to look at the diets of traditional people, which vary widely from culture to culture. A dentist named Weston A. Price was inspired to travel to remote areas of the globe in the 1930’s after noticing the connection between nutrition, dental health, and general health. He found that people eating their culture’s traditional diet had very few dental problems and were generally free from chronic disease. Once Western foods were introduced (white flour, sugar, and refined oils) health began to steadily decline. You can learn more about his fascinating research and see the photographs he documented in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
We can apply these principles to our modern world and craft a delicious diet that will cater to your individual preferences while also keeping you and your family well-nourished and healthy. Schedule a consult or learn more.