The caveman principle mentioned in previous blogs applies roughly to diet as well. Insofar as possible, we should stay as close to our genomic evolution as possible. This is difficult to pull off since we rarely eat directly off the ground. Nevertheless, the fresher and less processed foods are, the better they are for health.
One tip that impressed me long ago was the idea that we should eat primarily from the outside of the grocery store. This is because the store keeps the freshest foods there to make it easier to continuing stocking. Foods kept in the center are usually processed and packaged foods that even vermin or insects wouldn’t eat; those are reserved for us.[Paavo Airola How to Get Well to be found at http://www.amazon.com/How-Get-Well-Airolas-Handbook/dp/0932090036]
Another tip: many people don’t realize that US labeling laws say that the phrase “whole wheat” does not really have to be whole. Therefore, “whole wheat” is always refined. “100% whole wheat” does have to be so. Unrefined grains degenerate rapidly, bins are not good enough. They are best found in coolers or in hermetically sealed packages.
There are an endless variety of special diet trends. The most that can be said is to remember the caveman principle mentioned in earlier blogs. The closer to what a caveman could eat, the more likely to be beneficial for health.
An additional point I make with patients is to “follow your cravings in moderation, with the exception of refined sugar and refined flour.” Children below 5 or so follow their cravings naturally if given a diversity of food choices; they literally are their own best nutritionists! The body knows what it wants. After a certain age, though, they mimic their parents or their peers. Gradually the lose touch with their craving instincts. This is true of virtually all adults. They eat by what someone has told them or what they have read. Nutrition books are written for populations. You are an individual. What is good for a population is not necessarily good for you.
So follow your cravings, in moderation (except for refined sugar and flour, which create artificial cravings and dull instinctual cravings). Moreover, allow your cravings to change. This is the body’s natural process in order to rebalance excesses or deficiencies, and even to adjust to seasons or travel or illness.
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