I recently had a conversation with a women I was working with, which started by her saying something about coffee being good for you because it has caffeine and antioxidants. Half-jokingly, I stated that I would rather get my antioxidants from a different source, such as blueberries. Her reply was something like, well that’s what she has heard (that coffee is good for you). To which I replied quite seriously, “I’d rather not listen to the government or doctors who are hardly trained in nutrition for my food advice.” “Well”, she said, “you need to listen to someone.” And that was the end of our conversation.
She was right. We do need to listen to someone, because all of us are not nutritionists. Even our doctors! (I wasn’t kidding. Only a tiny portion of a doctors training is on nutrition, even though our nutrition affects most of our overall health!) There is so much confusing food advice out there, who can determine how we should be eating without pulling our hair out?!
So, after much research and witnessing friends overcoming illnesses by changing their diet, I have determined that eating real food is the best way to get the most nourishment. What I mean by “real food” is eating foods which are not processed, have not had any chemicals sprayed on them, or have not been genetically modified. I’ve heard that if your great-grandmother would not have recognized as food, don’t eat it. I’ve also heard, if you cannot pronounce the ingredient, you shouldn’t eat it. The effects of processed foods, foods sprayed with pesticides, and genetically modified foods, on your health is detrimental. If you question that, I challenge you to google it. You can also check out Natural News, a website I like to read.
The main place I get my food advice is from the Weston A. Price Foundation. I am also planning to read Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions. There are many other sources I have been listening to, and I hope to share them with you in future posts.
Have you ever heard of the “real food” way of eating? What do you think about it?