Food for Thought

EAT THE BEST TO BE YOUR BEST

Welcome to Organic Whole Foods, a plant based diet which is made up of high nutrient dense food.

Organic means the food is grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers and is not genetically modified. All of these were introduced to our agricultural practices in the last 50 to 75 years. Before that everything was grown “organically”. It’s the way things grow naturally.

We need minerals (micronutrients) to be healthy and support and nourish our bodies. Lack of minerals in the soil leads to micronutrient deficiency in our food. Chemicals and over farming has caused soil depletion. Lack of nutrients in our food creates chronic hunger which gives way for a tendency to overeat as we never feel satisfied. Today’s hunger means we haven’t eaten enough nutrient-rich food.

Explaining whole foods is a little more difficult. There are a lot of cookbooks out there with the name “whole foods” on it which is not always the case. True whole foods haven’t been packaged, processed, precooked, frozen or canned. Things like tofu, pasta and any animal products are not a whole food. Whole foods is fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, millet along with nuts and seeds. They are legumes (beans and lentils) that don’t come in a can but require you to pre-soak and cook them.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is an acidic diet that requires your body to work hard in keeping your pH level around 7.4. When you haven’t consumed enough alkaline food, which whole foods are, your body will find sources within itself to neutralize the acid. It will pull calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium from parts of the body. This in turn leaves us with symptoms like headaches, depression and feeling like we are in a mental fog never mind the more serious conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis. The list goes on.
Many people think exercising is the answer to allowing them to eat whatever they want. So that would mean that all skinny/slim people are healthy wouldn’t it? That they could not possibly have high cholesterol, arthritis and diabetes. There are plenty of skinny diabetics out there. Jim Fixx, is credited with helping start America’s fitness revolution, popularizing the sport of running and demonstrating the health benefits of regular jogging. On July 20, 1984, Fixx died at the age of 52 of a heart attack, after his daily run. The autopsy revealed that atherosclerosis had blocked one coronary artery 95%, a second 85%, and a third 70%. He attached little value to good nutrition and, in fact, criticized people who stressed how important it was. He ate fast food meals without enough vegetables and fruit. Poor eating habits killed him, not running, which is not the impression the media gave in 1984 when he died.

The real moral of Jim Fixx’s tragic death is that while exercise is wonderful and necessary for a healthy life, it cannot make up for poor eating habits.

So our goal should be to consume the highest nutrient dense food, which is governed in large part by soil quality. Our problem is not how much we eat but what nutrients we are getting from our food. In fact it’s what the SAD is built on, lots of calories but very few micronutrients. Give your body the right nutrition from organic whole foods and it utilizes its ability to create balance and repair itself.

So if you want to be your best, eat the best!Alixe T Tayler

 
Alixe T Taylor