We all need to eat food fresh from the ground or straight from the butcher and learn how to keep a safe, natural and healthy household using basic ingredients we have on hand.
Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something Important
How do you feel? I mean really feel, on a daily basis. Do you suffer from diarrhea? Headaches? Joint pain? Stomach discomfort? Aching back? More and more people (especially those of us over the age of 50) are living daily with all manner of illness, disability and pain. Why are problems so much more prevalent in modern society? The truth is that all of these maladies and more could be due to nutritional imbalances. With the prevalence of fast food restaurants, genetically modified food and chemicals in everything we eat, we humans have created the perfect storm for illness to prevail.
Seeds, Nuts and Berries
Our ancestors ate seeds, nuts and berries – no dairy, flour, sugar or processed foods. You may be familiar with the Paleo Diet which, when combined with a modified Mediterranean Diet, comes close to my recommendations for nutritional balance.
What to Eat, What Not to Eat
The better way to health through diet, in my experience, consists of:
- No dairy (cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream)
- No white flour, sugar or rice
- Plenty of vegetables
- Lots of nuts and seeds
- Organic eggs
- Lots of fish
- A moderate amount of animal protein (beef, chicken, pork)
- A moderate amount of fruit
- Very low amounts of high glycemic index carbohydrates (honey, potatoes, dates, raisins, bananas)
- A moderate amount of low-medium glycemic carbs (corn, beans, legumes, lentils, peas, peanuts, sweet potatoes)
- A moderate amount of red wine
Some of you may be lactose-intolerant, others gluten-intolerant. You really won’t know for sure unless you get a blood test (the test for celiac disease is easily done from a blood sample) or by eliminating a certain type of food from your diet for at least 10 days. If your body is able to tolerate dairy products, then go ahead and include them in your diet. If you do not have celiac disease, then there’s no need to avoid gluten (although I do recommend that everyone stay away from commercially processed wheat, which is a Frankenstein-like food that no longer resembles its original form).
A Noticeable Difference
By sticking to this regimen (I dislike the word “diet” because this is a lifestyle change, not a temporary one), I’ve lost 20 pounds and feel healthier than ever. Is it meant to be limiting? Not at all! Yes, it takes more time to prepare food, but it is much easier to go grocery shopping. The biggest advantage is in knowing what you are eating and feeling good about it, both mentally and physically.
Take a Look and Decide for Yourself
I invite you to browse through the recipes on this site. Some of them aren’t so healthy (yes, I used to eat like a “normal” person), but they are homemade and nutritional. I also invite you to make the commitment today to take better care of your health through the nutrients you put in your body.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments.
Note: You may notice that many of my recipes use little bits of this and that. You don’t need a shopping list for most of them; all you need is a refrigerator full of fresh vegetables, a pantry with a few staples and a culinary imagination that allows you to easily swap out ingredients to utilize what you’ve got on hand in order to make a healthful meal.