Better Body Clinical Nutrition
What to Eat
Saturday, September 17, 2022 10:20 AM
This is Jocelyne Gross with a bit of data on food and the often-asked questions of what is good to eat.
Today we have a lot of choices when it comes to purchasing our food. Much of the data on food is conflicting with some saying that something is good to eat and some others saying that the same food is not good to eat.
With that said it makes sense to look at what has changed with our diets. What did our great grandparents or grandparents eat compared to what we eat today.
Below are guidelines of what would traditionally be the diet of generations ago.
Do not attempt to change everything in one swoop. It is recommended to try an implement changes one step at a time. Pick 1 item to change and stick with it for a week or so, then add another item without dropping the previous one. Any little improvement makes a difference, so any steps taken is good. Just keep at it and soon your diet will be as good as it can be.
1. Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
2. Eat beef, lamb, game, organ meats, poultry and eggs from pasture-fed animals.
3. Eat wild fish (not farm-raised), fish eggs and shellfish from unpolluted waters.
4. Eat full-fat milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as raw milk, whole yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, full-fat raw cheeses and fresh and sour cream.
5. Use animal fats, such as lard, tallow, egg yolks, cream and butter liberally.
6. Use only traditional vegetable oils—extra virgin olive oil, expeller-expressed sesame oil, small amounts of expeller-expressed flax oil, and the tropical oils—coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil.
7. Take cod liver oil regularly to provide at least 10,000 IU vitamin A and 1,000 IU vitamin D per day.
8. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Use vegetables in salads and soups, or lightly steamed with butter.
9. Use organic whole grains, legumes and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors and other anti-nutrients.
10. Include enzyme-rich lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
11. Prepare homemade stocks from the bones of pastured poultry, beef, pork and lamb fed non-GMO feed, and from wild seafood. Use liberally in soups, stews, gravies and sauces.
12. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
13. Use unrefined salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
14. Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a small amount of expeller-expressed flax oil.
15. Use traditional sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar, dehydrated cane sugar juice (sold as Rapadura) and green stevia powder.
16. Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
17. Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
18. Use only natural, food-based supplements.
19. Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
20. Think positive thoughts and practice forgiveness.