Basic Nutrition

by Susan A.Smith

As human beings, our main job is to eat and reproduce. Fortunately, we don't have to reproduce every day; we do have to eat. So why is preparing and eating nutritious and delicious food near the bottom on our list of daily priorities?

If you look at the shelves and shelves of books at Barnes & Noble just hollering about low fat, high carbs, no sugar, it is overwhelming.

Here is the bottom line: Eat a huge variety of foods that are organically grown, fresh, unrefined, and unprocessed.

Foods to eliminate (do your best)

  • All refined sweeteners such as sugar, dextrose, glucose and high fructose corn syrup
  • Refined grains such as white flour, pasta, white rice
  • All hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils polyunsaturated oils and industrially processed oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola oils
  • Fried foods
  • Unfermented soy products such as soymilk, tofu, soy cheese, soy butter. Miso, tempeh, shoyu and tamari soy sauce are great
  • Avoid rancid seeds and nuts found in granola
  • Avoid canned, sprayed, waxed, irradiated produce
  • Avoid food additives

Eat "rainbow" plants

  • dark green leafy vegetables (high in minerals, B vitamins)
  • blue and purple fruits such as blueberries, plums, huckleberries (high in antioxidants, bioflavinoids, anthrocyinadins to strengthen collagen)
  • orange and red fruits and vegetables (high in cartenoids)

Eat grains and beans

  • breads made from sprouted grains
  • organic beans and grains (oatmeal, millet) soaked overnight to break down phytates

Eat good fats

  • Traditional vegetable oils such as extra virgin olive oil, expeller pressed sesame oil, expeller-expressed flax oil and tropical oils such as coconut and palm oil
  • Organic butter (high in trace minerals)

Eat good proteins

  • Organic eggs
  • Meats from pasture fed animals (source of B12, increases prostaglandins)
  • Wild game if you can get it

Check out these books:

  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • Sugars that Heal by Mondoa and Kitei

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