There is so much controversy around food and how we should eat to be healthy that it tend it gets confusing. It seems as though we are all supposed to eat the same way. But which is that? Should we be vegan? Vegetarian? Paleo? Gluten free? Fat free? Or Raw? I think it is very personal and has a lot to do with us as individuals. How we were brought up, our blood types, our heritage, what season we are in and the kind of climate we consistently live in. Someone may end up being vegan because that makes him or her feel healthy and strong, while another person has to eat meat and a Paleo diet is the way to go for them. The discovery of what works for you is key.
One thing is certain, we all have the right to eat well (meaning as healthily as possible with the highest quality ingredients) and we all have an obligation to eat consciously. Eating consciously means eating humanely, (pastured, raised organic, etc.) and locally as much as possible. This blog is not going to solve all your eating dilemmas but what it will do is help you to find a system of eating that works for you.
Here are a few things about me that I needed to know in order to eat right. I am of European heritage and that diet mainly consists of meat, potatoes, root vegetables, etc. Yet my blood type is A, which means I am prone to be satisfied on more of a vegetarian type diet. I know now that eating animal protein for me is something that I need on occasion but not nearly as often as Bobby or someone else. Plus, I have never felt good eating regular potatoes though I am fine with sweet potatoes. I looked at my childhood growing up in Ketchum, Idaho and focused on times I felt the best physically and it was when I ate salads from our garden, fish that my father had caught in the stream behind our house or game he had hunted. Now I eat meat (pasture raised, humanely raised buffalo occasionally) and eggs from our own chickens and poultry from a local farmer whom we know well and whose birds are truly free range. When we go out to dinner and the proteins are not humanely raised, then we will choose not eat them. I also eat fish, trout mostly, (which I loved as a kid), but only wild caught and local trout while back in Idaho during the summer. I do not do well on grains and tend towards mostly a Paleo type diet. I do eat dairy, but I make sure it is raw, organic and usually only yogurt and butter. I do not eat sugar or drink alcohol because I know that I have a slightly addictive personality (a genetic trait) and am best to stay away from foods that can make me obsessive. I eat some fruit, mostly berries and apples but during the winter months I eat more oranges, as I need the vitamin C. In the morning I will drink coffee with pasture raised, raw butter and coconut oil in it to take away the acid, while in the afternoon I will drink green tea. I like to get as many vitamins from my food rather than supplements though I do take some. I take liquid plant based minerals, iodine, vitamin D and a supplement for the brain called EHT (which a company called Nerium makes…I like anything to do with enhancing brain productivity and EHT is extraordinary). And, of course, drink copious amounts of alkaline water throughout the day.
Remember; don’t let anyone tell you what is best for you. Let your intuition, your life history and personal exploration guide the way to the best food for YOU.
FOOD = WELL BEING = QUALITY OF LIFE = LONGEVITY
"Let food be thy medicine and Medicine be thy food" Food helps our bodies repair and heal.
"Earn your food" We human beings are designed as hunters and gatherers. Because most food is readily available, we now replace hunting and gathering with exercise and movement in order to earn your food.
"You are what you eat.” It is simply the truth. If you eat poor quality food you will have poor quality energy and health. Healthy eating is the key to well being.
EATING! This something that is always changing and evolving. No two people eat the same nor should they. The information that goes into the equation of eating food for an individual is astounding. Like Mariel mentioned above; culture, environment, heritage, activity, climate, blood type, genetics, and lifestyle all play a part in what we eat. Here are my simple philosophies on the subject of food.
We have are our immediate senses, our eyes (see), nose (smell), mouth (taste), mind (think), stomach (feel). Depending on our lifestyle these senses are always changing and affected by our surroundings. Where we work? When and if we exercise? What we think? How we feel? Do not be fooled by ads, diets or fads. There is no better eating practice out there than the powerful combination of intuition and mindfulness. We are all given the ability to eat when we are hungry and stop when we are full, just like every other animal. Improve your knowledge and awareness and you will begin to understand what your body needs.
There are 100 trillion cells in our body; each demanding daily nutrients in order to function optimally and food affects all those cells. The nutritional content of what we eat everyday determines the composition of our cell membranes, blood, hormones, bones, hair, skin, and teeth. Consider that the average adult loses about 300 billion cells to activity, aging and lifestyle everyday and those cells must be replaced. Our body’s cells are produced out of the food that we eat!
How long do you choose to live? Age is just a number, right? Why not choose a higher number? Rather than retire at 65 and pass on at 75 choose a higher number. I believe its possible to live over 200 years. Not living as old tired and sick, but being healthy, strong and vibrant. Why not turn cartwheels at 100?
If what we put in is what we get out, then the more powerful our food is the more efficiently we regenerate and the more powerful we become! The result is a longer, healthier and better quality of life. Mariel and I are 53 and 54 years old and are closer to looking and feeling half our age largely because of the choices we make in how we eat.
Food: For me it’s a combination of raw, live, cooked and sprouted foods that are clean and powerful. I also drink fresh juices, lots of water and add in extra herbs and supplements to fit my body's needs each day. These nutrients are, again, are always changing and evolving depending on what I do everyday, (exercise, work, rest or play).
1.What is your heritage and how did your ancestors eat?
2. What is your blood type? A’s and B’s tend to slant towards more of a vegetarian diet. Although I eat meat, I eat 70% plant based foods. O’s tend towards needing meat, especially red meat more often than other blood types.
3. How did you eat as a child, when you had the most energy and your brain was most focused? Don’t count the junk food binging done as a teenager but think of how you felt best when your mom or dad (or whomever) made a good home made meal.
4.Eat locally… go to farmers markets
5. Buy organic as much as possible. If you think it is too expensive then cut out the amount of coffee drinks you buy on a daily basis and use that extra cash for organic fruits and vegetables.