What Makes a Diet Good? The Third Five Principles

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What Makes a Diet Good?  The Third Five Principles

When we were little kids at school we were taught whatever USDA food group system that was being promoted at the time. It might have been the The Basic Seven, or the The Basic Four, or the The Food Guide Pyramid, MyPyramid or now “MyPlate” The USDA’s food recommendations are ever changing. But does our body’s needs change? Not at all! We need the exact same macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients our forebearers lived on. Nothing has changed at all … it’s absurd to think it would!

If you paid close heed to the governments recommendations your diet would have changed radically from the 1940’s when the first set of recommendations were released during World War II. If you are old enough to have lived in the 40’s you know what I mean. The government says the newer recommendations are based on improved science, but is that really the case? Most of us know that the FDA is in the pocket of the pharmaceutical business … that’s why prescription medicine is so expensive here in the US. Why wouldn’t we believe the USDA is in the pocket of agribusiness and is going about promoting the products agribusiness produces making them seem healthful, even like an improvement on what mother nature gave us?

This kind of eating isn’t healthful, folks. Healthful eating is about eating the way people have forever. That means food as nature gives it to us and with the small amount of processing possible in a nonindustrialized culture. Food the way Granny made it.

Which brings us to next five principles of a good diet …

Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.

Water as nature gives it is mineral rich, clean and free of chemicals. Tap water as we receive it from our cities municipal water supply typically has fluoride and chlorine added. Fluoride is a toxic waste product of the nuclear industry. For those interested in the whole story of how fluoride became part of our water supply I highly recommend reading The Fluoride Deception for the scoop. Beside fluoride our water supplies are chlorinated. Many cities have found high levels of pharmaceuticals in the water. Many contain unsafe levels of heavy metals.

This is an issue I personally have not resolved to my satisfaction. For the moment we are drinking tap water :-( and some bottled water. I’d like to install an under the sink filtration system and it’s on the list for household improvements. So we’re getting there. I use distilled water for ferments right now. Baby steps … it’s important to not beat yourself up over a not 100% real food diet.

Use unrefined Celtic sea salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest.

Regular table salt is a purified salt. That means it is basically just salt with additives to prevent clumping. In some countries salt is fortified with iodine and fluoride. Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salts or any other unrefined salt is a mix of salt with trace amounts of a large variety of minerals. These salts come by this mix naturally. Our ancestors ate this kind of salt. The refined purified kind simply didn’t exist.

Wars were fought over access to salt. That’s how important to life it really is. Make good salt a priority in your diet.

Depending on where they lived in the world spices might have been a rare luxury or an everyday common addition to food for our ancestors. One thing’s for sure, spices are traditional any way you look at it, and are great at making otherwise plain foods more appealing. The more appealing the food the more nutrients your body receives just ’cause you’ll eat more!

Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and expeller expressed flax oil.

Most salad dressing are really, really bad for you. Virtually all commercial salad dressing are made with refined vegetable oils, yuck! Luckily it’s really simple to make your own. So if you love salads you’ll want to make this a high priority.

Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, dehydrated cane sugar juice and stevia powder.

Sweet flavors were something of a rare luxury throughout history for virtually all cultures. As a rarity it was usually rationed. Each person got a little each day, or week depending on it’s availability. It’s pretty unnatural to eat sweets all day every day. So eat your sweets in moderation and make sure that are wholly natural. If a sweetener is being promoted on TV or in magazines it’s a pretty good bet it is not natural!

Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.

Historically many cultures have drank more beer and wine than even our’s does ;-). These fermented beverages were typically taken with meals and weren’t drank to excess by most of the population. Why, in many cultures they were served to kids as they were safer to drink than the water was. Keep in mind that most of the big-brand beers are pasteurized so you’ll need to check into any brand you like to find out what their process is. As far as I know most wine is not pasteurized.

Until next time when we go over the final 5 dietary guidelines :-)

This post is part of a series …

This post is shared at Make Your Own Monday, The Homestead Barnhop, Fat Tuesday ,Show Me What Ya Got , Party Wave Wednesday, Works for me Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Fight Back Friday, Link Love and Old Fashioned Friday.

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lives just outside of Austin with her husband of 20 years Barry, youngest son Jake, three cats and about a dozen chickens. She has another older son and a beautiful daughter-in-law who live in Austin. While not a Grandma yet, with two grown kids she remains hopeful. Kathy wants a world where everyone has fresh wholesome food and feels that cookin' like a granny woman is the surest way to get there.


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Lori @ Our Heritage of Health.com February 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I have the same problems with water. :( I try to use spring water for drinking and for some cooking, but it ends up being tap water for most everything else. And in each year’s water report, my town says how proud it is of the fact that it adds flouride to the water for “healthy teeth”!

Thanks for sharing with Old-Fashioned Friday!

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Celina March 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

The water is a great recommendation. My mom and I bought a Megahome water distiller on Amazon about six months ago. It only makes a gallon of water at a time (we make one gallon a day usually) but I think its has been worth every penny of the 200 or so dollars we spent on it. The water tastes better and coffee made with it tastes better too! We have hard water in our town and they add fluoride. We bought a tool to measure ppm and figure about 10ppm is added fluoride. I am sorry to loose the minerals. That’s probably what makes it so gross when we clean out the distiller. The improvements we have seen in our health were not sudden but are noticeable. We of course have done many other things to improve our health but I do think our improvements sped up after we started drinking clean water. In some ways I wish we had done it sooner. Ah well, can’t change the past eh?

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Kathy March 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Hi Celina … it’s really interesting to me that you have a tool to measure ppm fluoride … where did you find it? What’s it called?

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Kathy May 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm

This is the reason we have a well on our property. The dentist when our girls were young tried to tell us it was the fluoride in the water that gave them good teeth. We corrected him and told him it was simple clean living!

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