One of the hardest aspects of health for people to figure out is what to eat. Everyday there seems to be a new fad diet that is guaranteed to create weight loss, a new must-have supplement to boost a body system or the latest super food to cure illness. The options are endless and create so much confusion the only benefit seems to be to the pocket book of the products creator.
But what does a healthy diet look like? If one were looking to figure out what the diet of a bear should be then one would study the bear in its natural habitat to determine what is congruent for them. The same then should be. To figure out what man should eat we would then want to study human beings “in the wild.” This subject group does exist in the form of isolated primitive societies, though they are diminishing rapidly, and had been studied by the likes of the Cordain and Eaton. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/81/2/341
There are number of concepts necessary to understand regarding our “innate” diet:
So the 5 key questions regarding healthy eating are:
Add color and variety as your diet evolves to ensure that you are getting a wide spectrum of nutritional requirements. Try and buy organic as much as possible, including free range meet and wild caught fish as this will ensure a more natural balance of nutrition. Farm raised, feed lot meats usually have poor diets themselves and their nutritional deficiencies and toxicities are passed on to the consumer.
Proportions are often over done in our society and simply reducing the calories ingested can have profound effects on our health and longevity. Just use a smaller plate. http://www.naturalnews.com/027955_fat_cells_calorie_restriction.html#
When it comes to supplements, there are only four that I recommend. First is fish oils or Omega 3. Most farm raised or feedlot meats are high in Omega 6, our inflammatory fatty acid and, since the majority of meats consumed are of this type, many people are walking around in an inflamed state. Since inflammation is an underlying component of most chronic disease it is no wonder 70% or more of the population will die from chronic disease. Supplementing the Omega 3 will balance the 3-6 ratio and reduce inflammation.
The second is Vitamin D. Studies have shown that most people in the Pacific NW are deficient. Vitamin D has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of the vitamin is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
Third is probiotics. Most foods today have been irradiated, pastured and sterilized to the point that good bacteria are removed and ability to replenish these are eliminated. If you have had any antibiotics over the years then this too has diminished your supply. Probiotics are an important part of digestion, getting nutrients to the rest of the body, and our immune system
Lastly a good whole food multivitamin is important as most foods, even those whole foods we talked about earlier, are nutritionally deficient. The soils that they are grown in tend to be lacking and so then are the fruits and vegetables. The whole food part is important so read the labels. Be aware that synthetic versions of vitamins and minerals are not able to be used by the body-unfortunately these are often the versions used in testing and lead to conclusions that vitamin supplements are ineffective.
In conclusion, start the above mentioned supplementation. Then use small changes to your diet that will promote long term health benefits by increasing nutritional sufficiency through the addition of whole foods, and start to decrease the toxicities from processed foods by slowly eliminating them. Reduce the overall volume of calories that you are consuming and you will begin to see great changes in your health.
So what is for dinner? That is completely up to you, but by implementing these ideas the answer will become obvious taste delicious and have long lasting health benefits.
If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to make an appointment with The Art of Chiropractic and see how we can help you achieve optimal health
Dr. Doug Davies has been practicing the art of chiropractic for over 10 years and brings his skills to the downtown Gresham, OR area focusing on achieving and maintaining the innate lifestyle...