What is Real Food?

What Food is Not!

If you ask many kids and adults for that matter you’ll get answers all across the spectrum. Our kids grow up thinking milk and cheese come from the grocery store. We must start educating our kids about what real food is but first, we must understand where it comes from and what benefits a particular food has for the body.

monsanto_cornReal food should come from the ground, from nutrient rich soil. The seeds that are planted should not be genetically modified. Bees and other insects should be able to pollinate crops and flowers without exploding (literally). What? Exploding insects? That’s correct!

The largest corn and soy manufacturer in the world, Monsanto, adds a substance called “bt toxin”. This substance causes the stomach to rupture in any insect that eats it. It’s now being found in pregnant women. [1]

The reason I bring this topic back up is people are still not convinced that this is harming their body. However, GMO crops, fruits, and veggies are the largest contributors to disease and sickness in the world today.

 

Sugar, Sugar, Sugar

Disease and sickness are rampant in our society and growing rapidly around the world now. GMO seeds and crops are just one of the contributors. Average Americans consume more sugar in one day than their body can tolerate for an entire week! The average adult should have no more than 4 teaspoons of sugar per day (15 grams). Think about your daily eating routine. Let’s break it down the average American diet.

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  • Bowl of cereal, Cheerios – 28g
  • Glass of orange juice – 22g
  • Slice of toast w/ strawberry jam – 24g

Lunch

  • Turkey on whole wheat w/ mayo – 30g +/-
  • 20 oz Coke – 44g

Dinner

  • spaghetti w/ marinara – 49 +/-
  • 20 oz Coke – 44g

Grand Sugar Total = 241g or 16 days worth of your metabolic tolerance!

Get the picture? This is the “typical” American but you see the point. Multiply this by 30, 40, 50 years and you have, wait for it… cancer, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis, gout and fill in your disease here ____.

Why is sugar so harmful? One word, inflammation. Eating added and refined sugars like this cause inflammation throughout the body but primarily in the gut. Leaky Gut Syndrome is the most common result which affects individuals in vastly different ways. If you’re a person that is susceptible to GI issues you may end up with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Another person may be susceptible to sinus issues and get chronic headaches and migraines.

For more information on this topic read Sugar Part 1 – Cancer’s Food & Sugar Part 2 – Inflammation.

Fats to Avoid

You want to keep cheap hydrogenated oils like vegetable and canola out of your pantry. Also, stay away from the extremely harmful trans fats which are known to lead to coronary heart disease. The USDA recommends less than 2 grams per day. The truth is that there is no reason or amount that is safe for the body. Just eliminate it and choose health-promoting good fats for sustainable weight management.

WHEAT AND ILLNESS

What does obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, ADHD, neuropathy, headaches, depression, auto-immune disease and so many other modern ills have in common? You guessed it, WHEAT! Yes, gluten is a real problem. But the problem is not just gluten.

Sadly, this tsunami of chronic illness is increasingly caused by eating our beloved diet staple, bread, the staff of life, and all the wheat products hidden in everything from soups to vodka to lipstick to envelope adhesive.” Dr. Mark Hyman MD [2]

The biggest problem is wheat which is the major source of gluten in our diets. The history of wheat parallels the history of chronic disease and obesity across the world. The National Center for Heath Statistics shows how obesity has risen with the increased consumption of wheat in the following graph.

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Why is it that wheat is causing this trend of obesity? Two slices of whole wheat bread raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar. (Read Sugar Part 1 and Sugar Part 2)

There is no difference between whole wheat and white flour here.  The biggest scam perpetrated on the unsuspecting public is the inclusion of “whole grains” in many processed foods full of sugar and wheat giving the food a virtuous glow.  The best way to avoid foods that are bad for you is to stay away from foods with health claims on the label.  They are usually hiding something bad.

In people with diabetes, both white and whole grain bread raises blood sugar levels 70 to 120 mg/dl over starting levels.  We know that foods with a high glycemic index make people store belly fat, trigger hidden fires of inflammation in the body, and give you a fatty liver leading the whole cascade of obesity, pre-diabetes, and diabetes.

This problem now affects every other American and is the major driver of nearly all chronic disease and most our health care costs. Diabetes now sucks up one in three Medicare dollars. The rate of increase in diabetics increased 41% from 2007 to March 6th, 2013! [3]

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The scientific community doesn’t believe wheat and sugar have anything to do with the increase in type 1 and 2 diabetes. What’s not mentioned is these same scientists believe that GMO wheat is 100% healthy and harmless to humans. Coincidence? You decide.

Real Food

Now that we’ve covered typical eating and a couple of “what not to’s”, let’s talk about foods you should be eating.

In Genesis 1:29 NASB, God said,

“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;”

I believe the Bible to perfect and true, God breathed. Psalm 12:6 – “The words of the Lord are flawless.”

He gave us fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts and grain, meats from cows, bison, turkey, wild game, wild caught fish. These are just naming a few of them.

Healthy Fat Benefits

Healthy fats are foods like avocado, walnuts, flax seeds, coconut, olive and fish oil, and naturally raised animal products.

These healthy fats help to improve skin and hair health, nervous system function and energy levels.

Compared to proteins and carbohydrates (four calories per gram), fats contain nine calories per gram. Since your body burns calories to fuel its natural processes, fat is an excellent source of energy.

Foods marked “low-fat” and “fat-free” do not offer this benefit (they are actually more likely to zap energy than providing it). When low-fat foods are manufactured, the natural fat content is stripped away. The modified food is then loaded with inflammation-causing sugar and starch to replace the hearty taste of the removed fat.

Poly and monounsaturated fats like salmon and olive oil, respectively, can help lower triglyceride levels and decrease inflammation—both of which aid in the weight-loss process.

Gut Healing Foods

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  1. Bone Broth – Slow cooking chicken or beef bones extracts the nutrients your body needs to heal itself. This broth contains collagen, essential for the gut’s elasticity restoration and will also restore your skin to a younger-looking state. Broth also contains glycine and proline, amino acids that assist in the healing of the gut. Don’t mix this up with store-bought chicken or beef stock. Those are made of water, salt, and GMO bouillon  cubes.
  2. Raw Cultured Dairy – This form of dairy is exactly what your body needs. It contains natural probiotics and SCFA’s (or short-chain fatty acids) that can heal the gut. Pastured kefir, yogurt, amasai, raw cheese, and butter are great sources if they come from grass-fed cows.
  3. Fermented Vegetables – Fermenting foods are potent detoxifiers and contain much higher levels of probiotics than probiotic supplements, making them ideal for optimizing your gut flora.
  4. Coconut – All coconut products are beneficial for the gut. Coconut products contain MCFA’s (or medium chain fatty acids) which are much easier on the gut because it doesn’t require pancreatic enzymes or bile from the liver for digestion. You can also make coconut kefir which will also be a great source of probiotics.
  5. Sprouted Seeds – Hemp, chia, and flax seeds are great sources of fiber which help your gut to grow good bacteria. For a severe leaky gut, you’ll want to reduce fibrous food sources temporarily and then introduce them back in after 6 months slowly. Steamed vegetables can be a great way to still eat your veggies in this case.
  6. Omega 3 Fatty Foods – Eating foods that are rich in omega 3 fats is a great way to start reducing inflammation. Omega 3 fats are a natural anti-inflammatory. These foods would be wild-caught fish (I eat salmon twice a week), grass-fed beef, and lamb.

Other Healing Foods

Nuts & Seeds (raw is best)
Almonds Pecans Cashews
Walnuts Macadamia nuts Brazil nuts
Pine nuts Pumpkin Seeds Flaxseeds
Hempseeds Chia seeds NO peanuts (biotoxic and high omega-6)
Black beans Adzuki beans Kidney beans
Pinto beans White beans Lima beans
Fruits
Strawberries Blueberries Raspberries
Blackberries Acai Berries Goji Berries
Cherries Lemon Lime
Apples Pears
Fruits (to be eaten in moderation)
Bananas Oranges Mangoes
Pineapple Melon
Dairy (raw is best)
Goats milk Goats milk yogurt Goats milk cheese
Sheep cheese
Fats & Oils (organic is best)
Ghee Butter Coconut Oil
Grapeseed Oil Olive Oil Flaxseed Oil
Hempseed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Borage Oil (GLA)
Fish Oil Cod Liver Oil Avocado Oil
Sesame Oil
Vegetables (high fiber and low glycemic)
Asparagus Bell Peppers Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower
Celery Collard greens Cucumber
Eggplant Garlic Ginger root
Grasses (wheat and barley) Green beans Green lettuces
Heart of palm Kale Mushrooms
Mustard greens Olives Onions
Parsley Radishes Snow peas
Spinach Sprouts Sea Vegetables
Water Chestnuts Zucchini
Vegetables (to be eaten in moderation)
Artichokes Beets Carrots
Chickpeas (garbanzo) Legumes Leeks
Lentils Okra Peas
Pumpkin Squash (acorn, butternut, winter, summer, spaghetti) Tomatoes
Meats/Protein (all-natural poultry and grass-fed meat)
Eggs (cage free) Fish (wild caught) Chicken
Turkey Beef Lamb
Venison Wild Game
Lower fiber Carbohydrates (do not eat if you have Leaky Gut)
Amaranth Barley Brown rice
Buckwheat Corn (non-GMO) Ezekiel bread
Millet Quinoa Spelt
Sprouted grains Steel cut oats Sweet Potatoes or Yams
Wild rice
Condiments
Sea Salt (Celtic, Himalayan, or sea) Apple cider vinegar Balsamic vinegar
Salsa Guacamole Hummus
Mustard Organic flavorings (vanilla, almond, etc.) Vegenaise w/ grapeseed oil
Cocoa and Carob Herbs and spices (basil, rosemary, curry, cinnamon, etc.)s Soy sauce (wheat free), Braggs liquid amino’s
Sweeteners
Stevia Xylitol
Sweeteners (Do not eat if you have Leaky Gut)
Raw Honey (unheated in small amounts) Agave Nectar Maple syrup grade A or B
Brown rice syrup
Beverages
Purified, non-chlorinated water Natural sparkling water, no carbonation added (Pellegrino) Herbal Teas (unsweetened preferably organic)
Raw Vegetable juices Raw lemonade (Stevia, lemons, and water) Fermented drinks

Resources

  1. http://research.sustainablefoodtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Final-Paper.pdf
  2. http://curesearch.org/Childhood-Cancer-Deaths-Per-Year
  3. http://www.diabetes.org/advocacy/news-events/cost-of-diabetes.html
  4. http://draxe.com/healing-diet/