Thoughts on the food world

3 Oct

Eating a nutritious diet is so important to your health. The well-played saying “You are what you eat.” speaks a lot of truth. The famous physician Hippocrates from around 400 BC once said “Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.”

You literally are what you eat. Your body turns what you eat into human tissue, brain cells, organs, hormones, blood, nerves, muscles, joints, bone, ligaments, tendons, fascia, dna, hair, skin etc and if you’re a woman you can make a whole nother person! Now the question is what do you want to make your body out of? Or your baby?

What’s today’s options?

Well you have processed food products, made in factories with calories but no nutrition. Produce from the modern chemical farm creating nutritionally depleted tasteless vegetables and fruits. Unstable rancid fats and meat from tortured sick animals fed an unnatural diet and kept alive with antibiotics? Synthetic vitamin supplements? Or you can choose the harder to source organic meats/fats and produce grown in conjunction with Mother Nature from the wheel of life that we’ve evolved on for literally millions of years.

It’s only been in the last 10 000 years or so that we’ve become reliant on the farm and agriculture. Before that as a species we were hunter/gatherers. We used to follow and hunt the meat and fish. This is evident in the paintings on cave walls all around the world. Pictures show our ancestors hunting large animals. For better or worse we went away from that and toward farming which allowed us to create settlements, and eventually cities. With this change over time we’ve replaced our organic meat and fat diet with our annual crops of chemically grown corn, wheat, canola, soy and sugar cane.  

Over the last 150 or so years the food we eat has changed even more dramatically. We’ve introduced chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, microwaving, genetically modifying, radiating, pasteurizing, homogenizing and extensive food processing to our foods. This is important because it takes approximately 40 000 years for the human genome to change 1/10 of 1%. Which means we are pretty much exactly the same as we were 40 000 years ago, and by experimenting into eating foods which we didn’t evolve on we are putting our health at enormous risk.

Hundreds of chemicals are coming into the body that our livers don’t know how to process. It’s not just in our food either. Chemicals come into the body through make up, deodorant, shaving cream, toothpaste, hair products, cleaning products, new products, carpet, paint, cars. We’re exposed everywhere in this toxic world to chemicals. 

You can’t outsmart Mother Nature, and the consequences of doing so are well shown in the prevalence of  degenerative diseases, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, asthma, fatigue, joint pain, apathy and susceptibility to colds and flus seen in western societies today. We’re the only species trying to outsmart Mother Nature too. You don’t see wild animals messing with their natural diet they evolved on. They keep it simple, no chemicals, no processing, eat the way we’ve always eaten and are fit, good-looking and healthy. It’s only in our pets and animal feed lots when they’re fed an unnatural diet where we see cancer and obesity in animals.

It’s a simple fact is that we have more doctors, nurses, physios, chiros, personal trainers, nutritionists, dietitians and health care professionals than at any other time in human history and yet we are the fattest and sickest we’ve ever been.  

A dentist, scientist and researcher by the name of Western A Price in the early 1900s was working and living at the time when more and more food processing was making its way into our diets. Sugar, processed foods and vegetable oil consumption was increasing, and as a result over the years he started seeing more and more patients coming to him with tooth decay. He wondered why the increase? And also what actually causes immunity to tooth decay?

Initially he tried to find people in America that had no tooth decay so he could study what they did, but in his searches he couldn’t find anyone. So in the 1930s he set out around the world to nearly every continent to find native societies living in conjunction with Mother Nature. His finding’s were astounding and thoroughly documented in his book “Nutrition and physical degeneration” first published in 1939.

What he commonly found in every continent was that the natives experienced next to no tooth decay or other degenerative diseases, were in perfect health, had engaging personalities and were eating nutritious foods high in vitamins and minerals such as animal organs, animal flesh, bone broths, butter, blood, milk, shell-fish, insects. All foods off the land. See the article “Principles of healthy diets” http://www.westonaprice.org/basics/principles-of-healthy-diets

He also studied native tribes who lived closer to modern societies and did not exclusively eat their native diet. They traded with white man for his flour, his sugar, jams and other processed foods, known today as the 4 white devils. White flour, white sugar, white table salt and pasteurized diary. Foods which Price called the “displacing foods of modern commerce.” These tribes experienced a different level of health. Tooth decay was prevalent as were many other growth deformities, such as narrowing of the nasal passage and dental arches which causes the teeth to not fit perfectly in the mouth.

This is clearly seen in the pictures below and throughout the book. Today many kids have to wear braces because of this reason aswell as suffering breathing problems from a narrow nasal passage.

A lot of us today are not even aware of what foods we evolved on or what real food is. It’s not even questioned a lot of the time. Many people just think (or don’t think) that cocopops and pasteurized milk is a good breakfast. Or toast and a protein shake is enough for breakfast and lunch or packet soup and bread is a good choice for dinner. They think eating organ meats is just disgusting, not aware of the fact that the organs are the most nutritious part of any animal and the parts that our ancestors used to eat first!

Our food used to come exclusively from a closed organic cycle or the wheel or life.

Healthy soil is the foundation of the health of every living thing on the plant. Healthy soil produces the grasses and plants which, along with the energy from the sun, creates food for the herbivores. The herbivores keep the grasses and plants in check so they don’t overgrow. The herbivores are then hunted and eaten by the carnivores and omnivores, which keep the herbivore numbers in balance. When these carnivore and omnivore animals at the top of the food chain including us, die, in nature we would be on the ground dead as food for the microorganisms in the soil and the cycle starts again. 

The  nutritional quality of the plants, grasses, fruits and vegetables is directly effected by the health of the microorganisms in the soil. All life depends on these little creatures doing their work. The problems come when using chemical fertilizer, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and rodenticides. These chemicals kill off approximately 85% of the beneficial bacteria, fungus, earthworms and microorganisms in the soil which all life depends upon. The microorganisms make vitamins and work in conjunction with and communicate with the plants to contribute to the plants immune system in exchange for carbohydrate (energy) from the plant. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

The plants grown with chemicals ultimately get really thirsty from the NPK fertilizer which is a salt. They end up drinking huge amounts of water from the excess salt (just as we require water when we eat too much salt) to try to hydrate and detoxify. This is how you end up with these huge tomatoes and apples etc that have no taste. The produce is filled with water, and the lack of taste indicates a lack of nutrition (vitamins/minerals) in the produce from a lack of microorganisms in the soil. Not only that, the chemically grown produce is often picked when it is not even ripe and then ripened with ethanol gas and then sprayed in the supermarket with more chemicals to look more appealing! If you understand all that, then you understand the importance of choosing to purchase organic food.

Research has shown that organically grown produce is up to 40 times more nutritious than its chemical counterparts. So if it costs twice as much but you’re getting 40 times the nutrition. That’s a great deal isn’t it? Organic foods are rich in nutrients, and as a result fill you up quicker which means you don’t have to eat as much to feel satisfied. Some estimate that you eat 30% less food on an organic diet.

Choosing organic meat is just as if not more important, not only for your health but the earth’s health. Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations (CAFO) are really one of the worst things humans have ever come up with. The animals are fed an unnatural diet of grain, corn, soy, cement dust, dead animal remains, plastic pellets, wood chips and growth hormones and as a result become extremely unhappy, fat and unhealthy. They are fed anti biotics to keep them alive till they’re big enough for slaughter. This creates a problem for those who eat meat raised like this, because how do you get health out of eating sick, tortured animals? You don’t. You just become sick yourself. There’s also the problem of anti biotic resistant bacteria now because they’ve been so over used and abused. Check the article http://www.naturalnews.com/032622_ecoli_bioengineering.html

It’s a stupid thing and torturous thing we’re doing. We clear all these fields for growing corn, wheat, soy and sugar. In that process countless animals die from losing their home or they upset the balance of nature somewhere else and cause other problems. Most of these crops are used to make the processed foods making us sick, aswell as being used as food for Concentrated animal feedlot operations. The crops aswell are grown using chemical farming techniques which as I’ve said kills off 85% of all the microorganisms in the soil, which are needed for ALL of life. Over time this leaves the soil depleted and eventually the farm is left as desert.  

The cows and lambs are naturally grass eaters, and are happy and healthy eating perennial grasses. Why mess with this to create other problems? We use all this water and fossil fuel for growing and transporting the crops, and the end result is unhappy, unhealthy people countless health problems, eating unhappy, unhealthy animals, wasting the earth’s resources. Is it just me, or is that stupid?!

At no time in our history have we been more removed from our food. Nutritional knowledge and food preparation techniques passed down from tribe elders used to be highly valued. Now we’ll eat any half tested lab food loaded with sugar and marketed using words and phrases like, “all natural” (that means nothing) “contains half your daily allowance of such and such” (Who comes up with these recommended daily intakes?) It’s crazy.  

Another big part of the problem is consumer confusion. There is a lot of conflicting information in the nutrition world today. The food pyramid for example set by the government tells people to eat 6-11 servings of carbohydrates a day! Most people who’ve ever tried to lose weight will tell you that by cutting out carbs they felt better and lost weight! Another is margarine. Some brands proudly display the healthy heart tick, but in reality margarine is a rancid vegetable oil that’s undergone intense processing and is one of the chief culprit in our current plague of cancer and heart disease. See the article “Why butter is better” http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/why-butter-is-better 

The food pyramid is actually the way it is because a large part of the economy depends on the selling and buying of the crops. I remember seeing it on a show on ABC. It had wheat trading at this price, corn trading at this price. It looked like they were talking about stocks. I thought to myself, this is all about the money, nothing at all about health. It’s big business, and your health and well-being is not in their thinking at all. They want you to think you need to eat a certain amount of breads and cereals everyday. It’s good for business. It’s like this – healthy people don’t spend money on medicines, drugs and vitamin supplements, sick people do, and the pharmaceutical industry is also big business. So by eating grains and cerals and such, you’re keeping two businesses going, and sacrificing your health in the process.

With all this conflicting information out there how do you know what is the truth? Well the one thing any logical thinking person would go on is results. What results are you getting from your food? And long-term results at that. Because there’s many diet plans that produce short-term weight loss or a cleansing effect but ultimately the individual ends up malnourished if continued long-term because of inadequate fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty and amino acids. 

One speaker on the real food summit which I’ve been listening too http://realfoodsummit.com/order/ said unless your proposed diet has produced 5 generations of healthy offspring then he doesn’t want to know about it. Our ancestors eating off the land have easily produced more than 5 generations of healthy offspring. With our current diet and the poisoning of our planet, sadly we are slowly eating our way to extinction. This is evident in the amount of problems couples now have getting pregnant where either one or both are infertile or have other reproductive issues.

Another way to tell if your food is working for you is by how you feel, look, think, smell, digest, love, energy levels, susceptibility to colds, flus and infections. Your body is the result of all the decisions you’ve made up to this point. It’s constantly giving you feedback. Signals of pain from the body are not a Nerofen deficiency. Tiredness is not a caffeine deficiency. A headache is not a asprin deficiency. You have to listen to your body without attachment to what your head is programmed with. Cause a lot of people have their head filled with diet and health information from books, magazines and advertisements that is causing them harm.

You can guarantee our ancestors aren’t reading any diet books to get their perfect health. Other herbivores and carnivores don’t need dietary advice either. They eat naturally.

The different systems of the body are the hormonal system, reproductive system, immune system, digestive system, eliminative system, circulatory system, nervous system, respiratory system, muscular system and thermoregulatory system and they all need energy all the time to operate. How far do you expect to go when you’re trying to live and thrive eating cocopops and pasteurized milk for breakfast? It’s no wonder you’re tired all the time. Your body is malnourished, running almost on empty. The body basically is saying stop moving and sleep just so it can keep you alive and try to detoxify all the rubbish that you’re putting into it. You gotta feed yourself with real food.

Lets look at some stats from the Australian Bureau of statistics website

The proportion of adults (aged 18 years or over) classified as obese or overweight has increased from 56% in 1995 to 61% in 2007-08. For men, the increase was from 64% to 68% in 2007-08, while for women, the proportion rose from 49% to 55%.

I’ve shown the cancer statistics before

1900 risk of cancer 1 in 30

1980 1 in 5

1990 1 in 4

1995 1 in 3

2000 1 in 2

2012 1 in less than 2

ref Depak Chopra, M.D, Michael Murray, N.D, and the metagenics corp

When I walk into a supermarket I don’t even see food. Not even in the fruit and veg department. In the meat department I just feel for the tortured animals and how bad that factory farming system is. I don’t see how people can eat the crap. It’s all an illusion of healthy food. I don’t think, not for one second that maybe I’m going to eat some rubbish manufactured in some food factory filled with sugar, sugar’s brother (fructose), sugar’s sister (glucose) (Anything ending in “ose” is sugar) refined wheat, artificial flavourings, colourings, msg, rancid trans fat, high fructose corn syrup and numbers.

I’m not being part of the experiment. And that’s exactly what these foods are. Experiments on the human race. Many of these food companies spend no money on making their products more nutritious. The only money is spent on marketing to influence us to buy it. You have to arm yourself with knowledge and discipline and the health benefits you receive will be worth it.

When you eat correctly, you will feel energetic, feel happy, be mentally alert, better equipped to handle stress, feel light, digestion will be regular and effortless, no cravings, optimal response to exercise, rarely if ever get sick and enjoy great health overall.

On a poor and malnourished diet, you will be moody, depressed, anxious, low energy, obese, hormonal dysfunction, headaches, joint pain, more susceptible to colds, flus, unable to concentrate for long periods, easily injured and apathetic.

My final thoughts are, whatever food you spend your money on, you are supporting keeping that company in business. So if you spend money on CAFO meat, you are voting yes every time to keep that industry going. When you spend money on chemically grown food, you are voting yes every time to keep that chemical farm going. Be aware of what you are choosing.

If you want more info on this stuff, watch on youtube, “Paul Chek, the dirt facts” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84otsNRkbDg also on youtube, Paul Chek at the Price Pottenger foundation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ndfw3il33w . Books, “The vegetarian myth” by Lierre Keith, “Deep nutrition” by Catherine Shanahan, and “Nourishing traditions” by Sally Fallon. Websites http://www.westonaprice.org/  http://undergroundwellness.com/ 

Some quotes

“Disease does not occur unexpectedly. It is the result of constant violations of nature’s laws. Spreading and accumulation of such violations transpire suddenly in the form of the disease – but it only seems sudden.” Hippocrates

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” World health organisation

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