A nutrient rich diet is the backbone of wellness, both physical and psychological. Whether you’re responding to day to day stresses, or requiring your body to respond on a professional level, accessing nutrition through your food intake is a great step in improving daily health.
- Buying food produced by a large company means sacrificing quality, especially in the meat industry. Fast food companies and cheap cuts of meat are sourced from confined animal feeding operations, meaning they’re loaded with growth hormones. Try to improve the quality of your meat, eggs and dairy. First move to hormone free, then, transition to organic.
- Visit the Environmental Working Groups website and read up about the Dirty Dozen; a list of fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide concentrations. If you are thinking of buying organic, this is the best place to start. Our soils are depleted, we’re not absorbing the nutrients our parents did.
- Spend a little more time slow cooking. For example, use a crock pot for soups during the coming winter season. Nuking our food in a microwave causes a change in it’s chemical structure. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola; “Another problem with microwave ovens is that carcinogenic toxins can leach out of your plastic and paper containers/covers, and into your food.”
- Recognize and eliminate genetically modified foods. According to the Environmental Working Group, the top foods to avoid are; corn and corn derived ingredients, soybean and soybean derived ingredients, sugar and vegetable oils,
- Remove all trans-fats from your diet. This includes margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Kiss those doughnuts goodbye. Choose either organic olive oil, olive oil produced in California, coconut oil or butter.
- Upgrade the quality of breads. Find ancient grains, organic where possible. Our modern bread producing process removes nutrient rich oils for the sake of freshness. Some commercial breads contain gmo’s and trans-fats.
- Remove aluminum cooking pans and aluminum foil. It leaches into food and helps to cause dementia. Aluminum is also found in make-up and deodorants.
To Do List
- If you live in the Big Bear Valley, you can support your health and the Middle School, by joining their produce club. https://www.farm2mountain.com/
- Make sure your water is purified of chemicals like fluoride.
- Start a physical exercise plan.