First, just let me say that I am a huge food nerd. I love food and I have always been interested in how food affects the body. Even as a young adult I had more than a passing interest in nutrition. Let's fast-forward 15 years and I am now a practicing Acupuncturist who is still obsessed with food and I have even begun studying an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine.
Before I delve into the controversial world of nutrition advice, please keep in mind that the below article is based on my personal opinions and self-study. If you suffer from a specific disorder you should always consult a professional before making any radical changes to your diet.
Ok, let us begin…
I find that the nutrition advice I come across today is so varied and it often contradicts each other to the point of becoming to difficult to understand. ‘Eat meat, wait don’t eat meat’, ‘fats are bad, oh no we changed our minds, fats are good!’ and on it goes. Even as someone that has researched this area for over a decade, I am often still confounded by the varying opinions. And so with that realisation in mind, I thought it was important to start at the very beginning with some very basic guidelines that almost everyone can agree with.
1. Eat a mostly plant based diet.
Notice how I said mostly? Yes, that’s right, I still think consuming small quantities of animal products are beneficial for us. But keep in mind that I said small. In the west, we eat huge amounts of meat and other animal products and I would agree that it’s probably not the healthiest choice. However, animal products contain some enormously important vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that are paramount to health and aren’t found in plants. Yes, I am aware that we now have these magical things called supplements to ensure we are getting all of the above but I’m a naturalist, the less man-made products I consume the better. I’ll go into more detail about the environmental effects, animal cruelty issues and the health benefits and risks of meat consumption in my next post, waaaaaaaaay too much information to fit into this article.
2. Eat organic where possible.
I know, I know, organic food is expensive, I can’t argue with you there. And a lot of people will maintain that organic food still contains remnants of pesticide residues. Again, I can’t argue with that. But what I can say is that they are found to have considerably LOWER pesticide residues than produce manufactured with synthetic chemicals. Organic food is also produced without the use of GMO’s and synthetic chemicals and is much