Many articles, websites and agencies quote statistics that 50-60% of preventable deaths are due to poor eating habits. I believe the statistics are far worse. Most of us are malnourished and toxic, consuming food that does more harm than good. That leaves our bodies trying to perform all of their core functions with no nourishment while trying to detox all of the chemicals and additives from these “foods”: an impossible task.
Being well nourished is the soul of our terrain.
Just as seedlings require soil that is rich with minerals, moist with clean water, and devoid of toxins to grow into a plant that can resist disease and flourish; the very same theory applies for humans. Cynthia Henrich
The most common question that I am asked is, “What should I eat?”
The answer is, “Organic natural whole foods according to your personal preferences”:
- an abundance of vegetables and fruit
- pasture raised, grass fed animal protein
- wild caught fish
- some whole grains
- nuts and seeds
- organic or raw dairy
- minimal sugars
- fresh clean water
- no chemicalized processed foods
The next question is, “Yeah, but what do I eat?” We’ve strayed so far from our roots and from nature that in many cases we truly don’t know what “real food” means. Years ago it never occurred to me that items available for purchase in a market wouldn’t be safe or healthy. Why would they be there then? One of my first inklings that something wasn’t adding up involved an argument with my husband over whose cereal was healthier, my nut and seed whole grain granola or his Fruit Loops.
At the kitchen table we placed our cereal boxes side by side and compared the nutrition panels. If you just looked at vitamins and minerals, the Fruit Loops won. But when it came to sugars and actual ingredients, it was a different story. Back then, I did not have the knowledge to fully articulate all of the different factors regarding the nutritional value of each cereal, but now I have a complex answer:
- what we can each tolerate as bio-individuals
- the condition of our bodies, digestive systems and overall physical terrain
- ingredient sourcing (organic or genetically modified)
Honestly you can dive so deep into the minutiae of the answer that you will drown.
But the core answer, the zoomed-out big view macro answer, is that common sense tells you that something just doesn’t make sense. No matter how much fortification is jammed into processed garbage toxic food, it still loses. And you lose by association. The price you pay is your health. The currency is years and quality of life.
how important is what we eat?look at this mouse study to find out
All mammals carry the agouti gene that determines coat characteristics as well as other factors. Researchers have found that:
- when the gene is switched on, a mouse’s coat is yellow and it is obese and prone to diabetes and cancer
- when the gene is silenced (as it is in normal mice), the coat color is brown and the mouse has a low disease risk
Fat yellow mice and skinny brown mice are genetically identical. The fat yellow mice are different because they have different epigenetic expression.
Chemical exposure can affect genetic expression. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a compound used to make polycarbonate plastic. It is found in many products, including water bottles and the lining of tin cans. It can cause cancer and endocrine dysfunction.
In the laboratory, BPA appears to affect expression of the agouti gene. When mothers were fed BPA, their babies were more likely to be yellow and obese—like the one shown on the left.
However, when mothers were fed BPA along with methyl-rich foods, their offspring were more likely to be brown and healthy—like the one on the right. The maternal nutrient supplementation had counteracted the negative effects of exposure.
Methyl-rich foods include those that are high in folate and choline, such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy, citrus, leafy greens, strawberries and mushrooms.