Do you love to eat? Do you really enjoy food? Join the club! Most of us take great pleasure from our daily sustenance but did you know that certain foods can help to heal your body more effectively than conventional medicines? Food really is nature’s finest medicine but you need to make sure you’re choosing exactly the right foods.
- Very low in terms of glycemic load, meaning zero sugar, zero grain flour and zero refined carbohydrates of any kind.
- High in fresh vegetables and low fructose fruits. The deeper the colours, the more variety, the better. These are the characteristics of a high phytonutrient content, the key to protection against most diseases.
- No pesticides, antibiotics or hormones and no GMO foods.
- No chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, MSG, artificial sweeteners except stevia
- Higher in good-quality fats from olive oil, nuts, seeds, coconuts and avocados.
- Adequate protein for appetite control and muscle synthesis.
- Organic, local, fresh foods should form the majority of your diet.
- Avoid dairy. The main reason to abandon dairy (according to respected medical opinion) is that it is a source of inflammation. Whilst there some individuals who can tolerate the casein in dairy, for most it contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer and may increase (not decrease) the risk of osteoporosis.
The Epigenetic View on….
For millions of people around the world, a grain-rich diet provides far too much gluten, which in turn creates inflammation, digestive issues, IBS, weight gain and obesity.
Beans might score highly as a great source of fiber, protein, and minerals but, unfortunately, they create digestive problems. Beans contain lectins and they create inflammation. They also contain phytates, which reduce mineral absorption.
The Paleo approach favours animal meat. But not all meat is created equally. Eating sustainably raised, clean meat, poultry and lamb can be a part of a healthy diet. Aside from the moral question of eating animals, meat consumption also adds enormous strain to the planet, including more water use, more rapid climate change and more energy use. Eat meat as a balanced addition to your overall meal, and only consume grass-fed, line caught, wild or sustainably raised animal protein.
Eggs have been exonerated and don’t have any impact on cholesterol and are not associated with increased risk of heart disease. They provide a great low-cost source of vital nutrients and protein.
Choose small, omega-3 fat-rich fish such as sardines or wild salmon to minimise mercury. If you are a Vegan, you need omega-3 fats, and not just the alpha linolenic acid (ALA) found in plants. You need preformed DHA, which is what most of your brain is made from. Look for an algae-derived DHA supplement. Everyone needs vitamin D3. For vegans, vitamin B12 is also critical.