I’ve written many times about the general types of food we should make to include in our overall healthy diet. I refer to this approach as The Circle of Health.
If a food is inside the circle, we know it adds to our healthy cell function. If it’s outside the circle, it either subtracts from our health, or it’s questionable in nature.
Eating this way the majority of the time is a fabulous method for getting on a healthier track, nutritionally speaking.
Next, I encourage you to apply The 5 Golden Rules of Nutrition to those foods in The Circle of Health in order to further maximize your healthy efforts.
The 5 Golden Rules of Nutrition:
1) Eat REAL food – this is food that is “God-grown”, or grows or lives in nature. Choose whole foods, “single ingredient” foods, or foods with very few ingredients (and you recognize all of them as “real” foods!).
Choose food in its closest-to-naturally-occurring state. This can mean “whole” foods, but it can also mean things like free-range, or pastured, or grass-fed, or wild.
Eat less food that comes out of a box, can, bag, bottle, jar, or drive-thru. If you are eating food that comes in a package read labels properly. The ingredients are the most important information on a food label – look to the source and quality of the ingredients more than the calories, fat, sodium, etc.
2) Eat the least toxic form of that food possible – this could mean organic, or raised without hormones, steroids, antibiotics, nitrites or nitrates, or without synthetic additives and preservatives, etc.
3) Eat fresh food – opt for foods that are fresh and “live” as often as possible, and the least-processed with as few preservatives as possible. Seasonal (and, ideally, local) food is generally more nutritious.
4) Eat more plants! Include abundant vegetables, fresh herbs, “super food” greens (e.g. spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass, chlorella), sea vegetables, and leafy greens. Control your consumption of fruit. Add more raw foods to your diet.
5) Add more traditionally prepared foods to your diet. Add (lacto-) fermented foods and foods that are cultured or sprouted. This is especially important if you are consuming grains &/or dairy – consume them this way, if possible. When cooking foods, cook more slowly and use healthy, stable fats (like real butter, pure coconut oil, ghee, or lard), and use traditional seasonings and spices, like harvested sea salt and fresh herbs.
Eating foods from within The Circle of Health, then applying The 5 Golden Rules of Nutrition, will have you making extraordinary strides toward optimally healthy cellular function.
Eating real whole foods, as “clean” as possible, as fresh as possible, with ample raw foods and fermented foods, will provide you with the powerful fuel to help you achieve levels of health you may not have previously experienced… as well as help you to prevent (or recover from) the growing number of chronic illnesses we suffer from today.
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