I get asked this a lot – “What should I eat?”
And this is a very important, but isn’t as straight forward as people would like.
What we eat, and when, is one of the most important considerations for your health.
And there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
While there are some ground rules based on human physiology…
… personal biochemistry and ancestry play a huge role and make it very individualistic.
This is why you’ll have heard of people miraculously healing by going vegan…
… by going carnivore… pagan… paleo… vegetarian… keto…
These options are total opposites, and yet, they’ve all healed people from the brink of death.
So what is the right way to go?
Let’s look at the basics first:
Before refrigerators and grocery stores, the 4 seasons dictated our food options
This makes diet variation a natural part of life, and is absolutely vital for health If your ancestors weren’t exposed to a certain food at least 500 years ago, it increases your chances of not doing well with that given food
If you eat one food all the time (daily, repeatedly) your body can build up an inflammatory response to it (and you can heal from that, outside of grains, which have their own set of issues)
Sugar is toxic, it creates a whole slew of health issues and is best avoided Processed foods rarely are real foods – consider those “baked goods” that can contain petrochemical by products and that’s certainly not on the label…
Now, if you look at the first two points, that explains a lot about why both vegan and carnivore have led to incredible healing.
Because making a major change in diet typically involves kicking out foods you’ve been eating too often, as well as getting rid of processed and other harmful foods.
A big part of the initial healing is simply removing what has been harming you.
Of course, it is a personal choice in how you choose to nourish yourself.
But there are a few considerations that hold true for everyone:
– eat organic
– no GMO
– no pesticides/herbicides
– no antibiotics / hormones
– no synthetics, dyes, or additives
– cut out processed and packaged food (they really don’t have to label everything that goes into that stuff, or how it has been treated)
The goal is to eat real food.
Real food doesn’t just keep you alive, it connects you with your environment.
Real food nourishes and heals you.
Also, you’ll want to make sure you are chewing food.
Chewing is a really important component that impacts far more than just eating and digesting.
And don’t fall for the “health food” label trap.
If it’s processed / packaged foods, that’s just a label.
And then there are foods that are considered to be super foods.
But a lot of those foods, such as tomatoes, squash, cashews, chia seeds, even avocado, are not good for every person. Its person specific.
This goes back to listening to your body!
So the basic guidelines to get you started are:
– eat with the seasons
– variation, variation, variation
– listen to your body (your needs will change)
– don’t fall for the “health food” label trap (especially if it comes in a box)
– and remember the other list above