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By Shane Young | July 3, 2012 |
A critical step toward better health is getting to know where and who your food comes from. Eating whole fresh food from a sustainable organic source will give you the energy needed to create change in your life. Healthy soil creates healthy plants, healthy plants feed and create healthy animals, healthy happy animals feed and create healthy, happy, human beings.
Do your best to seek out small local farmers and talk to them about their farming practices. If you do not have access to local sustainable sources look for the freshest organic sources you can find. The term “organic” has been bought and paid for; it no longer guarantees a pure, healthy source for food. Large scale agriculture can now produce food to be sold as organic.
These farms are using organic pesticides and fertilizer which is a better choice than conventional but you will still be ingesting a large number of chemicals and the food will not be as vital because of the dead soil. Nature loves diversity! Seek out farmers that use a polyculture system (meaning more than one crop); farmers that rotate their crops, compost and rotational graze for meat production are raising soil that is full of health, which produces healthier plants and animals. The vitamin, mineral and enzyme content are higher in truly organic or biodynamic food and these substances each play extremely important roles in creating a healthy body.
Prepare food for increased or maintained nutrition, and easier digestion. Healthy cooking is a science within itself, we recommend taking a few cooking classes on how to cook, prepare, and organize healthy food for yourself and your family. Much of the nutritional work that is published advocates higher carbohydrate consumption than WE (unless your metabolic type is carbohydrate or higher carbohydrate mixed).
It’s important to note that not all calories are created equal. Healthy fat from pasture-raised animals functions much differently in the body. All mammals store excess toxins in their fat. When you eat conventional animals and their fat you are getting a significant dose of toxins that you will not receive with a pasture raised animal. Every meal should consist of high quality fat, carbohydrate, and protein in the right proportions for your dynamic metabolic type.
Your health is only as good as your digestive system. If your digestive system is sub-optimal you will not utilize and convert all this good food into a new healthy body. Healing your gut takes time and patience. Being mindful of slowing your eating down (trying to chew each bite 50x), not watching the news or stressful media while eating, avoiding foods that you are intolerant or allergic to, and whenever possible start your meals with raw or fermented foods.
Eating every 3-4 hours gives your digestive system a much needed rest between meals. If you wait longer than this to eat, your body will move into a sympathetic state, meaning it will store fat and bring sugar levels up by breaking down lean mass. Mild hunger is a sign that you are creating an opportunity to use your own body fat as energy but drowsiness is a sign that have moved into a sympathetic state. After each meal you should feel a normal state of well being, good mental focus, no cravings, optimal response to exercise, and clarity of thought.
When preparing food to eat we encourage raw or slow cooking. The real nutrition within animal products such as fat-soluble vitamins, enzymes and omega 3 fatty acids can all be denatured with higher temperatures; 80 degrees is usually best for slow cooking. Invest in a ceramic crock pot, put food in the oven before you leave to work and let your food cook for the day, when you return home you will have a healthy meal waiting for you. If you cannot slow cook your food daily, it is fine to use a lower temperature to cook your foods when you return home, just remember slower is better. A very easy way to always have nutritious food available is to cook a large dinner and use the leftovers for the next day’s breakfast and lunch.
Raw food, especially raw animal products have been given a bad reputation and rightly so when you study the poor farming methods utilized by most farmers. Poor farming methods leave the finished animal product in a sub healthy state, which is more prone to unhealthy spoilage.
Some food will not release nutrition or block the absorption of nutrition if not prepared correctly such as nuts, seeds, grains, cruciferous vegetables. Having these foods raw can play havoc on your digestive system.
We recommend the following for quality cookware — ceramic, ceramic coated iron, or titanium:
A full-spectrum nutritional cookbook with a startling message: animal fats and cholesterol are vital factors in the human diet, necessary for reproduction and normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Includes information on how to prepare grains, health benefits of bone broths and enzyme-rich lacto-fermented foods.
The focus on raw or slow cooked eggs, meat, fat, dairy, lacto-fermented foods is very important to the health of your body and your digestive system. These foods will have a higher enzyme content, which will increase the absorption rate of amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins. In our experience most clients walk through our doors with a digestive system that is not fully functional because of processed foods, stress, and improperly prepared foods.
Taking your time to eat raw and fermented foods as well as bone broths will help heal your gut, and help create a higher level of health and wellness within. If you find yourself short on time to create dishes like these a fantastic food co-op that prepares many great healing dishes is Three Stone Hearth.
A great way to optimize Vitamin D levels is through safe, smart and limited sunscreen-free exposure to the sun.
Here is a general rule: Older people need more sun exposure than younger people, larger people more than smaller people, northern people more than southern people, dark skinned more than light skinned, winter people more than summer people and sun phobics more than sun worshippers.
Get 15-30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure 2-4 times per week. After that, use sunscreen. Once the sunscreen is on, you cannot manufacture Vitamin D. Always avoid sunburn.
The synthesis of Vitamin D comes from the fatty acid secretions in the skin. Avoid washing the skin with soap for up to 48hrs after getting sun, as this will wash away the vitamin D before it enters the circulation.
The richest nutritional source of Vitamin D can be found in fermented Cod Liver Oil. We recommend Green Pasture because of the high source quality and minimal processing of their products.
You will generally reach your set point level of body fat just by living our principals. Once this becomes your lifestyle, if you are not happy with your body fat or you want to gain muscle we can make intelligent choices on how to reach these goals. Slow consistent loss of body fat is important because you will need to detoxify the stored toxicity in your fat as you burn through the stored energy. This is why we advise a seasonal cleanse for the last two weeks of every season. This cleanse will help your detoxification systems to run optimally for the next phase of your training.
WE cleanse follows the principals above, removing the following:
In addition to the above we recommend consulting with Kanako Kobayashi Nutrition Consultant who can suggest specific supplemental protocols for detoxification and overall health. Contact Kanako by clicking here.
Here is a list of foods that we promote and their optimal preparation.
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