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03 February 2011

Nutrition - 3 Feb 2011 - Tips

Happy Thursday, Team!

Over the last 12 hours I have received many, many emails from you asking terrific questions and touting solid results on the scale. And we have our first volunteer for bringing in a grain-free bread for the group to enjoy! Thanks Sandi! I’ll bring the organic, salt-free butter! J

I am looking forward to our meeting tomorrow. As such, there are several people that have already said that they will not be available. PLEASE respond to me (if you haven’t already) and let me know if you intend to be here. This will allow me to better prepare the topic for the day. I’d hate to come in ill-prepared for you.

Onto today’s tip! Today we bounce over to The Naked Kitchen for a little talk about diet.

Nutrition Tip of the Day: Don’t call it a diet. Or refer to what you are doing as dieting. You are not dieting. Dieting invokes negativity and is in general defined wrongly. Yes, it’s a diet. And it is dieting. In the dictionary defined sense only. So is the SAD (Standard American Diet – High Carb, Low Fat; also known as the Western Diet which is well implicated in the major civilization diseases such as Cardio-vascular disease, Type II diabetes, Osteoporosis, Infertility, Hair Loss, to list a very few). So where is the confusion? How should we look at this? Let’s let Bonnie explain…

Note: This is a no-holds barred, one-two to the sacks of flour and beans out there. But that’s what you get when a 5’6” 120 lb 2nd-degree black belt gets a hold of her nutrition…

First I should say that I hate using the word diet. The majority of the American race incorrectly defines the word diet as a strict limitation to either amounts or types of foods to take place or a specific period of time with the intentions of weight loss and/or improved health. After their "diet" is complete they will go back to the way they were eating prior to the change. This definition is much more correctly defined as dieting (still a cr@ppy word).

My Issues with the above...
Strict limitations- Only limitation should be to stick to whole, natural foods.
Specific period of time- Your entire life. Period.
Intentions of weight loss and/or improved health- A whole, natural diet and lifestyle will provide you with a healthy weight and body.
They go back to the way they were eating prior- Well, duh, that's what got you in trouble in the first place!

As defined by the all telling source of Wikipedia, "In nutrition, diet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism." This is how all American's should define the term. A diet should not be thought of as restrictive and short term, it should be thought of as the summation of the foods you eat to provide you with the correct nourishment to lead a healthy life.

That being said, eating a diet of whole foods does just that. The only things it restricts are foods that are not, well, food. Stick to what was recently alive and will perish quickly, is in whole form as found in nature, and our earliest ancestors had access to (because those are the foods our bodies will digest best since they have been exposed to them the longest). Granted, our ancestors may not have prepared the foods the same way we do, but point being is that we are eating what they ate. What our bodies known. When you start to introduce things our bodies are not familiar with, problems arise.

Modern agriculture and cultivation of grains and legumes occurred around 10,000 years ago. Quite a bit of time, yes, which is probably why most people can survive (not thrive) on them. We certainly have acquired some sort of tolerance for them. However, when you look at the common severe allergies people suffer from today, they are largely based upon grain products: corn, wheat, soy, oats...

Want proof?

Food Allergy Buddy™ allows you to choose which food allergies you have to be printed on a card you can bring to school, restaurants, where ever needed so whoever is preparing foods can avoid what you are allergic to (which would be a non-issue for places that feature a whole foods menu). 50% of these choices are from cereal grains. If you add in the dairy, peanuts, and potatoes, over 60% of these choices would not have been consumed by our earliest ancestors.

I carry the Food Allergy Buddy with me. It is amazing the reaction you get at restaurants. I no longer have to beg and explain why I do not want breads, pasta, beans, rice, etc. Though telling them that I will get violently sick usually works too! But really, why do we have to go to these lengths if we just ate the foods that are natural to our body’s nutritional evolution?

To never dieting again,


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