Healthy eating leads to healthy living. We all want to eat healthy, but lots of people think it's hard to do, and expensive as well. The truth is that eating a healthy diet takes a little planning, but not much else.
When someone adopts the gluten free diet, most of the unhealthy foods we eat are eliminated right there. If we weren't so busy trying to replace those starchy, sugary, chemical-laden, highly processed foods with gluten free versions that may be even worse, we could be simply eating whole, minimally processed, chemical-free foods with a naturally balanced level of sugars, starches, proteins, fats and other nutrients.
The extra expense of a gluten free diet is largely from buying the specialty flour products - flours and mixes. Most of us would be better off by leaving those items at the store and spending that money on fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and eggs. For those who want starches, potatoes, all varieties of rice (provided that they're just rice and not a seasoned blend), sweet potatoes (one of the most non-allergenic foods on the planet), and other starchy produce will satisfy that craving.
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The Traditional Diet
Most cultures have a traditional diet which sustains good health and supports recuperation and healing.
These traditional diets often are supplanted by a "modern" western way of eating, which seems invariably to lead to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other "modern" diseases. Large agribusinesses in the United States and other western countries have also had a significant influence on the supplanting of the traditional diet, but a rant on corporate profiteering at the expense of the lives and health of the indigenous people must be the topic for another page, another day.
Whatever the reason for the demise of the traditional diets in many areas of the globe, we would benefit from a return to the principles that govern them.
Traditional diets vary widely among cultures and people groups around the planet, and yet the health benefits are consistent across all cultures and peoples. Some diets are high in fats, such as that of the Tokelau Islanders, others, such as the Okinawan diet, are high in sodium, and still others are low in fiber, such as the Inuit diet; nevertheless, these people groups have traditionally been healthy and free of the diseases that plague the modern world.
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So what is it about traditional diets that keep people healthy? Most traditional diets have several factors in common which are largely missing from the modern western diet.
Traditional foods are:
* Locally grown or harvested
* A blend of the varied types of foods available in a given area
* Minimally processed (such as cheeses, butter, wines, sauerkraut/kim chee) or unprocessed
* Whole foods
Traditional foods are not:
* Genetically modified
* Chemically modified
* "Fortified" with non-bioavailable forms of minerals and artificial vitamin substitutes
* Stripped of the nutritious outer portions like the bran or the peel
* Chemically flavored
* Chemically sweetened
* "Enhanced" with sodium
Traditional foods are not a toxic cocktail of chemicals, preservatives, and altered foods so far removed from the natural form that they are not recognizable. The food and agribusiness industries in the United States have created products that are processed, modified, and artificial, and put these non-foods in ready-to-serve or easy-to-prepare packaging, and sold consumers on the convenience, safety and taste of these products. Frequently visitors from off the continent fail to recognize some of these products as food, and they are correct.
By simply replacing packaged, processed non-foods with fresh, unprocessed or minimally processed whole foods, you will give your body the nutrition it needs to heal fully and function optimally. Your meals become your medicine, and health becomes the normal natural condition of your body.
It will take work and mindfulness, but the rewards are worth every bit of effort put into it.
You are worth it, and so is your family.
Your health matters.
You may require different approaches from those suggested here.
Always consult a qualified medical practitioner before modifying
your diet, supplements, medications or exercise program.
The information on this website is not intended to replace the professional advice of a qualified medical practitioner. Always seek competent medical advice about healthcare, medication, exercise, diet and/or supplements.
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