Before food was processed we ate things that came out of the earth, out of the water, off a branch or plant or tree or bush. We ate meat, fish, fruits, veggies, herbs and water. We evolved over many hundreds of thousands of years eating this way and as a result our bodies respond optimally to fuel in this form.
However, food as we know it is very far removed from this form. And as a person who loves her pasta I’m not advocating that we all eat the same things. I am saying that if you’re going to eat, and who isn’t, most of your food should come from as close to the source as possible 80% of the time.
Vegetables for example, should be fresh, eaten raw or lightly steamed to get the most nutrition out of them. But how realistic is this, you might ask. Well, if you eat pasta, like I do, you can steam your veggies and put them on your pasta with a little olive oil and garlic. It really is that easy if we let it be.
The point of eating close to the source isn’t about depriving yourself of what you like. It’s about finding a balance between what you want and what you need. When the balance is there the good health will follow, as will a healthy body weight, better sleep, better sex and better working hours.
Minimally processed fruits and veggies are nutrient dense and calorie light. This means we can eat a lot of them if that full feeling is what you like. Animal products that are less processed (local farm raised, grass-fed, cage-free, etc.) produce products that are more nutritious for sure but are also lower in fat and don’t have growth hormones, anti-biotics and other things you just don’t need in your food. Animal products that are farm raised also have a significantly lower instance of food born bacteria contamination like E-Coli.
The nutrition program I offer is filled with information about fresh food sources, seasonal eating and back-up options for when fresh isn’t available. If you’re concerned about your health or already have a health issue, please contact me so we can discuss options to get you back to good health through good food.