Whenever we all get to talking about different dietary approaches for helping us fix certain problems, whether they be skin, emotions, or poor digestion, it always starts to occur to me that we have simply forgotten how to eat.
|Picture borrowed from Cornell University|
Just off the top of my head, here's a quick list of things to remember when re-learning how to eat a human diet:
1. Eat whole, recognizable foods.
2. Cook your own food most of the time.
3. Don't buy food that is already prepared, buy ingredients.
4. Use spices, including salt.
5. Eat a mixture of raw, cooked, and fermented foods daily.
6. Eat fish, organs, and bones (broth/gelatin) often.
7. Don't eat to satisfy numbers of carbs, fat, protein, or calories...eat to satisfy YOU.
8. Give into your cravings for real, wholesome foods.
9. Grain is OK.
10. These things are NOT human food:
- Vegetable oil
- Artificial coloring
- Artificial flavoring,
- White/enriched flour
- White/enriched rice
- White table sugar
- High fructose corn syrup
You want a donut? Eat a donut. But not every day, and not five. Take a bite, taste it, and throw the rest in the trash where it belongs. Offered a piece of Granny's 95th birthday cake? Take a small piece, eat a couple bites, and leave most on your plate...no need to make a big production of it.
In a restaurant and can't find anything healthy? Order a salad. Dressing on the side. It's acceptable.
There is no formula, just eat human food! Don't eat too much, and get hungry before eating again.
I know I am ignoring a large group of people that cannot trust their eating instincts and have trouble controlling their hunger. There are also lots of people who have to limit what they eat due to unruly intestines or other conditions. But, if you follow those 10 rules, and the ones I've probably forgotten that comments will reveal, you will be better off. All I am saying is eat foods humans are meant to eat, not foods made for humans to put in their mouth and say "yummmmmm."
What did I miss? Let's have your lists!
Edited to add:
Gah! After I hit 'post' I must have thought of 10 more 'rules.'
Eat seasonally, locally, and dirty.
Grow your own.
I love lists! We should all try to come up with a good list of "rules" that we can put on our refrigerators for everyone to see. When I started this journey, I had several such lists printed out...none of them really impressed me, but they all had merit.
I liked Paul Jaminet's PHD apple, but damn, he had BEANS in the NEVER EAT shadow...sorry, Paul. I eats me some beans.
Dave Asprey had a cool "roadmap" I liked, but damn, I just couldn't do the entire low carb and butter in coffee thing for long.
Mark Sisson's Carb Curve is cool, but I think it leads people to believe 'carbs' are the enemy.
Dr. Weil has a nice anti-inflammatory pyramid, but he loves his supplements and hates chocolate(!)
So, challenge! Let's make a list of rules that we can live with and I'll put them into a printable format, maybe even make it a highlight of the blog. You know, "Get your free infographic!"