How does our daily nutrition really affect our health?
What you put in your body truly does reflect how you feel. Unfortunately, not many people have learned much about nutrition other than from the food pyramid in elementary school. Funnily enough, this food pyramid pushed by the FDA & CDC is completely ridiculous & promoted to benefit food companies like General Mills. As a result, our society has been consuming a diet that is far from nutritious.
Some examples of what society tells us is “healthy”:
- Unsaturated fats
- Pasteurized dairy
- Zero sugar products (containing aspartame & other artificial sweeteners)
- No natural fats
- No raw dairy
There are many products out that target those who are trying to make conscious decisions for their health. Unfortunately many fall for the lies, but in reality, what is healthy is quite the opposite of these examples. Consuming foods based on these labels will only create more health issues down the road.
Everyone is vastly different & may require a completely separate nutritional plan, however, there are the basics that we recommend leaning towards when fueling your body. Eat fresh produce, ancient grains, raw dairy, lots of vegetables, limited sugars, & good fats!
Dairy & Gluten?
We have recommended that those struggling with an inflammatory disease refrain from consuming dairy & gluten. This is the case for many reasons, but one being that the agricultural system makes it very hard to find raw dairy & products with ancient grains. It is more often the case that many people are purchasing highly inflammatory pasteurized dairy products & flour. In this case, we have recommended just staying away from gluten & dairy to keep inflammation in the body at a minimum. Just make sure the alternative products do not contain seed oils, gums or other unnecessary ingredients.
If you are able to consume dairy & gluten, make sure it is at its most natural form. Our wheat & dairy system in America has been severely corrupted, so these products just do not fuel our body the same way. Raw dairy (read Why Raw Milk?) & ancient grains (read the Unique Health Benefits of Ancient Grains) can have great benefits, however.
Think critically – Read labels – Make informed decisions
When thinking about nutrition, it is important that we do not overlook that not all whole foods are created equal. We’ve talked about this subject on a number of occasions, but it will never stop being relevant in the topic of nutrition. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are extremely prevalent in American agriculture. Non-organic, GMO foods are a staple to American consumerism because you can get them in larger quantity for a cheaper price. Remember, quality does NOT equal quantity. It is important to seek out GOOD, organic, non-GMO foods to sustain your body, as conventional genetically altered foods have been linked with a number of other health issues.
It can get expensive when purchasing organic foods, but there are some other options to keep in mind. Try seeking out local farmers, go to farmer’s markets, or grow some of your own food.
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