There is no short answer to this but it does boil down to one thing mostly and that is our food supply. I won’t go on and on here about it but will give you some links to things I have written in the past that will help you to see some of my points in more detail.
Remember the old adage, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’? Well, 100 years or so ago there was some truth to that. Now however, it’s unfortunately not the case. For example, in 1914 an apple contained almost half the minimum daily requirement of iron, but today you would have to eat 26 apples to get the same amount. Iron is not the only nutrient depleted. In 80 years apples have declined in the following minerals: the amount of calcium in apples has dropped 48%; phosphorous 84%; iron 96%; and magnesium, the famous heart nutrient, has dropped 82%. Below is an excerpt from the article Shocking Statistics About Our Food Supply transcript.
Look at these statistics focusing on the mineral calcium in a few common foods. In the last 80 years the amount of calcium has declined 81% in cabbage, 92% in lettuce, 56% in spinach, and 48% in apples. These are absolutely massive drops in the mineral levels in our foods.
During the same time period magnesium levels have dropped by 77% in cabbage, 91% in lettuce, 35% in spinach, and as we said earlier, 82% in apples. Iron levels dropped from 60% to 99% in the same vegetables.
These huge drops in mineral levels are occurring in all our fresh foods. It’s not just fruits and vegetables; the same types of things are happening with chicken, beef, rice etc. We see not only mineral depletions but vitamin reductions as well.
So what’s been going on in the last 100 years for this to happen? Mass farming. Yep…sad but true. So the farms are trying to produce large amounts of food for the least amount of money. I guess you could say it boils down to greed. They don’t replace the minerals in the soil from one year to the next and our soil is getting poorer and poorer and on top of that they are in most cases using pesticides and GMO seeds. So the slippery slope is getting even slipperier. I could go on more about all this but I think you are catching my drift by now.
Notice that we are talking about minerals here and not vitamins. There’s a problem there too but I’m focusing more on minerals here for a reason. I wrote about Thyroid/Pituitary issues the other day on my husband, Dr. Van Dueck’s blog (He’s known as Dr. DiffRant) and there you will see how pandemic endocrine issues are. Minerals are desperately needed by the endocrine system. But there is another factor to our declining health…bad fats and the reduction of good fats in our diet. I think that a lot of issues like MS, Parkinsons, and ALS that involve inflammation (MS) and motor neuron problems could be drastically reduced by people using the right fats. By the way, the right fats are used in our holistic health world to reduce inflammation. Biotics use a lot of Bio Mega 3 Liquid for this purpose.
I found Dr. Mercola’s video A Bowl of Rice a Day very interesting as he talks about fats and carbs and the role they play. There’s a couple of things that have happened over the years and one is that we’ve had the you know what scared out of us by the medical profession about fats. They are BAD!! NOT! They are not bad. We need them but we need the right kind. So listen to the video but know this…coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil and organic (preferably raw) butter are all good. Avocados are good! Fats from animal sources are good too. Eggs are good!
So what’s the perfect diet? There is no one perfect diet for everyone but here’s the general skinny on it.
Lots of organic produce but not too much of the high glycemic stuff like potatoes and the like. Some fruit but don’t go overboard as it is sweet and that is an issue. Berries are lower on the glycemic index so they are easier on you. Be careful to get organic though because berries can really soak up the pesticides.
We don’t really need grains but if you are having some they are best sprouted. Nuts and seeds are excellent but raw and organic.
So my breakfast is either eggs and watch out for frying because you heat the oil too much and that isn’t good so go with poached or boiled eggs more frequently. I make some raw flat bread with my dehydrator and that is great with them. Another thing I have is raw granola and I put almond milk (I make my own when I can) or hemp milk. I don’t use soy or rice milk. I may put on some yogurt (fermented is good) and berries. I get the milks unsweetened. They aren’t truly raw when purchased but there is only so much time in a day so we have to pick our battles:) Another option is a smoothie and there are all kinds of combos you can make. I use coconut water, kefir (fermented), berries, NutriClear (Biotics Research) which is a protein powder extraordinaire and NitroGreens also from Biotics. Sometimes I will use Spirulina instead. I will also stuff in some greens like kale, spinach or whatever I have and that gives me an extra boost of veggies for the day. Do I ever have eggs benny or other breakies that are outside of the really heathy range?…sure once in a while…we gotta be flexible or we’ll go nuts. Oh yes, that reminds me raw nuts can go in your smoothy too. There’s already lots in the granola I make. Raw nut butters can be made at home too but I have noticed one on the market now so there’s an option slathered on some flat bread or on celery sticks. All of this is really quick too. You can make your granola on the weekend and it keeps in the fridge for a long time. So I really don’t think there is any excuse for not eating a good breakfast.
Lunches can be hard if you are out and about but a salad with some protein is usually available at most restaurants and ‘God forbid’ fast food joints. So you have to do your best here or take a lunch. I make a nut pate (Mock Salmon Pate) which can go on celery sticks, Raw Buckwheat Flat Bread or it can be wrapped up in lettuce leaves. One of my fave lunches is raw flat bread with 1/2 avocado spread on it, nut pate, thinly sliced red onions, and sprouts. Egg Salad Sandwiches (use decent mayo-watch out though because even the supposed healthy stuff can be made with canola oil or soy oil which I won’t use) are great or maybe salmon. Use the Raw Buckwheat Flat Bread or again wrap in lettuce. Also, if hard pressed you can buy sprouted bread which is at least better that most. I’m sure you can find some other healthy ways to incorporate some veggies and protein into your lunch.
Now for dinner. I try to keep it simple so a protein cooked in a method that doesn’t involve high heat is best. So perhaps a pesto marinated chicken breast (organic free range) then baked. Serve with some gently steamed veggies and a salad and that’s that. Sure sometimes we have spaghetti or something like that but I try to use a quinoa/rice based pasta (GoGo brand is one) and I make my own sauce from scratch. You could always use spaghetti squash in place of the pasta too. Use the 80/20 rule. Do the right thing 80 percent of the time and all will be well.
I do try to eat more raw food and that’s why I use the Flat Bread and Raw Granola as that takes care of my breakfast and lunch and dinner tends to be part raw and part cooked. Especially in winter…one likes some hot food. So this is what I have made work for me and with some tweaking, I’m sure you can come up with your own plan.
Mock Salmon Pate & some variations
2 cups walnuts
2 stalks celery
1 large red bell pepper
1 large scallion
1/2 to 1 tsp salt or to taste (Himalayan Pink or Fleur de Sel)
A few grinds or black pepper.
Roughly chop the veggies and throw everything into the food processor. Blend until smooth.
You can switch this up with other nuts. Add garlic or red onion. Add cilantro, parsely, cress etc. Add spices like cumin or Italian spices. Use whatever flavours you like to switch it up!