Eating 101: An Exploration of Uncommon Sense
Is the answer to the question “What should I eat?” common sense for you? It seems that the more “advanced” our society has become, the less connected we are to our intuition about food and eating. I see evidence of this when I give educational talks in the community. People say, “I’d like to eat more healthily, but I’m not sure what to do.” Fortunately, it’s not hard to reconnect with common sense about how to nourish yourself in a way that invites higher levels of wellness.
Step 1? Eat real food. Unfortunately, that’s not a joke. Our supermarkets teem with “edible non-food.” By “non-food” I mean: anything with ingredients that you can sooner imagine a scientist cooking up in a lab, rather than your great-grandmother cooking up in her kitchen.
Step 2? Eat high-quality whole food, close to the way nature grew it. Free yourself from obsessing about carbs, or your percentage intake of fat. Rather, eat a variety of foods (not including any you have a sensitivity to), as close to their whole and unrefined state as possible. For example, rather than skipping fats, choose healthy and natural fats. Choose brown rice or quinoa with your dinner, over flour-based (especially white flour) pastas or breads. Choose a high-quality protein source (such as beans, nuts, and seeds) at each meal. Or, when you do eat small quantities of animal-based foods, buy from a farmer’s market, a market like PCC or Whole Foods, or direct from a small organic pasturing operation. In short, find a source that raises their animals naturally, and helps you opt out of the industrialized farming methods that are dangerous to health – yours and the planet’s.
Step 3? Eat clean food. Speaking of industrialized farming, many of the most popular produce items are grown with synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers that not only deplete nutrients and harm the environment, but leave toxic residues on the food you eat. Email me and I’ll send you a handy wallet-card of the “Dirty Dozen” – the 12 most-contaminated conventionally grown produce items (i.e., that you want to switch to buying organic).
Educating on developing a nutritional program that works for you is what I do. To schedule an appointment, call 206.547.1980.
May you enjoy luminous good health,
Deborah Epstein, ND