Diet & Nutrition
Diet, no doubt, has a major impact on a person's health. You eat poorly, you feel poorly; you eat better, you feel better. But is there a formula for eating better?
I use to work with someone who was very proud of being a vegan yet he seemed to always have health issues (sickly). Needless to say, I was not impressed by his choice of eating habits. On the other hand, I will eat most anything and consider my eating habits to be poor but I am rarely sick. So, it got me thinking that if a vegan claims veganism is healthier than a meat eater, and yet I am healthier, then vegan is not my best option. Additionally, I personally know a former Type-2 diabetic who healed himself from diabetes by changing his diet to one described below (lots of fat and little sugar & carbs). With these two very opposing diet methods and results, I felt it was worth sharing.
There are many environmental, physiological and psychological factors that contribute to one's health and a "diet-for-all" is impractical. But there are some basic universal guidelines to attain and maintain healthy bodies and brains. Researching the regimen that works for you should be an on-going journey to find your perfect diet and as the body changes with age.
The Paleo Diet:
In 1863 a London undertaker named William Banting popularized a diet recommended to him by the famous physician Dr. William Harvey. At the time Banting was 65 years old, overweight, had poor eyesight, poor hearing and joint pains. Two years later he had lost 50 pounds and regained his health. Dr. Harvey had recommended that he stop eating bread, butter, sugar, potatoes and stop drinking milk and beer. Instead he advised meat, fish, poultry, dried fruit, vegetables and [dry red] wine.
The Perfect Human Diet - Movie Trailer
Finding Your Perfect Diet - [Introduction]
(it does try to sell you a solution at the end but understanding your condition can help you find a solution that fits your lifestyle and wallet).
PROCESSED FOODS VS NATURAL - GROW OR BUY LOCALLY:
Nearly anything you can buy at the grocery store can be made at home often with the tools and equipment you already have. It can be less expensive and always tastes better – but it takes a little practice. Breaking commercial food dependency is important and another step to self-sufficiency and a way to control what goes into your family's food and bodies.
VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS:
When you are not able to grow/raise your own food, buying locally is great for you and the planet for many reasons. Food at your local farm or Farmers' Market was picked within the week and comes directly from that specific farmer so you know where your food comes from and you are supporting your neighbors and local economy. Additionally, there is way less packaging involved which helps the environment. Generally, foods at local markets are less expensive and also available in bulk.
The month of September is National Preparedness Month. To understand your level of "preparedness", consider taking
The 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge. How long can you survive without going to the grocery store? What are your levels of food storage? Do you have a vegetable/fruit garden/trees? Do you raise animals that can produce food? Do you have anything you can barter or trade to obtain the food you need?
RULES FOR EATING & DRINKING:
Whole Foods are Better Than Nutritional Supplements. Evidence is mounting in favor of the use of whole plant foods for full-spectrum nutrition over and above any form of synthetic vitamin supplementation. A number of studies have shown that not only is synthetic vitamin supplementation unnecessary but it may also be a potentially harmful habit altogether.
1 - If it reads "light", "low fat" or "fat free", don't buy or eat it.
FOOD HANDLING & CONTAMINATION PREVENTION:
2 - No GPS (Grains [breads], Potatoes or Sugar).
3 - Eat more FAT, reduce Protein intake and stop eating Carbohydrates.
4 - Limit Sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per day (says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
5 - Eat REAL Food, not processed food.
6 - Don't eat anything you don't like.
7 - Eat only when you are hungry and anytime you are hungry. But don't eat when you are not hungry.
1. Eat whole and fresh foods from the Human Food lists in Chapter 12 (pages 123-129) of the book The Perfect Human Diet
2. Eat primarily animal foods and fats (no "fat-free" foods)
3. Eat non-starchy veggies as desired with meals (low Carbohydrates)
4. Eat low-sugar fruits, fresh nuts and seeds (in moderation)
5. Forget calorie counting. Let your hunger, which is in sync with your activity level, be your guide on how much to eat
6. Drink plenty of pure water (coffee and tea ok)
7. If consuming an alcoholic beverage, do some research. Generally, dry red wine is better than beer and sweet wines and hard cider (no added sugar) and distilled liquors like vodka, brandy, rum, tequila, or whisky may be better options
Handling food, and food packaging, properly and safely is essential to preventing food-borne illness and flu contamination on packaging. Washing hands frequently and wiping down food packaging and fresh vegetables and fruits, with soap or sanitizing liquid will reduce infections. Here are some Safe Handling Guidelines for groceries and food deliveries.
Besides highly publicized problems at well-known restaurants, a number of food companies have announced recalls of a wide variety of products and a flu virus can be carried on fresh foods and food packaging. So how do you prevent food infections and bacteria that causes food poisoning and spreading the flu virus by touching foods and packaging?
Research these recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration. Also, preparing home-cooked meals with fresh foods and vegetables lowers the chances of ingesting toxic chemicals like polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as "forever chemicals" which can be found in processed, carry-out and restaurant foods and shown to cause serious health issues.
Ditch These Habits
Prepare by Exercising Now
Healing Foods Shopping List
Environmental Working Group Organization (EWG) "Dirty Dozen™"
Governments seem to always think they know what's best for us citizens. They don't. And they don't know when to bow out of the private business of citizens. Such is the case when misguided government bureaucrats force, sometimes through violent action (at gunpoint), small, family farms, to stop providing safe, healthy foods to their communities. While food safety is an important, much of the commercial foods we eat are nearly toxic to our bodies, forcing people to want unprocessed, natural alternatives. The son of the producer of this movie was healed from all allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk, and real food from farms. If citizens choose to eat whatever they want, why does government find it necessary to interfere? This movie can be found on YouTube and other Internet channels (TubiTV: https://tubitv.com/video/322718/farmageddon).
(food additives to avoid and the foods that contain them)
Environmental Working Group Organization (EWG) "Clean Fifteen™"
(The Fruits and Vegetables Least Likely to Poison You)
Coconut Water can be an alternative to sports drinks
Emergency and Long-Term Food and Storage
Health, First Aid & Survival Medicine