Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Basic Nutrition 101

Since I quoted from Sally Fallon yesterday, I thought I would continue along that line and share the Weston A. Price Foundation's Basic Dietary Guidelines. (Sally Fallon is the president of WAP.)

I find these 20 health suggestions really helpful. First, they were helpful when I was getting started and needed a solid foundation to build on. They gave me a place to jump in and begin my own research and investigation. Second, they have continued to be helpful as a resource to refer back to every now and again in order to refocus my efforts. So, here they are:

Dietary Guidelines
  1. Eat whole, natural foods.
  2. Eat only foods that will spoil, but eat them before they do.
  3. Eat naturally-raised meat including fish, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, game, organ meats and eggs.
  4. Eat whole, naturally-produced milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as whole yogurt, cultured butter, whole cheeses and fresh and sour cream.
  5. Use only traditional fats and oils including butter and other animal fats, extra virgin olive oil, expeller expressed sesame and flax oil and the tropical oils-coconut and palm.
  6. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, in salads and soups, or lightly steamed.
  7. Use whole grains and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid and other anti-nutrients.
  8. Include enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
  9. Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb or fish and use liberally in soups and sauces.
  10. Use herb teas and coffee substitutes in moderation.
  11. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
  12. Use unrefined Celtic seasalt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
  13. Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and expeller expressed flax oil.
  14. Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, dehydrated cane sugar juice and stevia powder.
  15. Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
  16. Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
  17. Use only natural supplements.
  18. Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
  19. Think positive thoughts and minimize stress.
  20. Practice forgiveness.
These are straight from the book... without my additional comments added, although I could say some things about each of these.

If these guidelines present new information to you, please don't let them overwhelm you!!! I suggest taking small steps. Find a few that you could put into practice for the remainder of this year. Then re-evaluate the list at the New Year and select a few more for the next season. Allow each new practice to become habit before you add in more... but don't stop adding in more!

Off to run around like a chicken with my head cut off until bedtime...


Anonymous said...

All sound and wonderful advice! "In moderation" is a very important aspect of eating.

By the grace of God ... said...

Great advice. Your blog has given me much to change in our lives and I just wanted you to know I appreciate all the work you put into it. Thanks so much!

Michelle said...

I find it so intriguing that you have been posting about Sally Fallon's book Nourishing Traditions! I was just introduced to this book a week or two ago and have been excited to learn about it.

Is this diet what ya'll primarily try to follow? My friend who is on it has had great success!

Anna said...

Saw this article this morning and thought you might be interested - links eating candy as a child to future crime. Scary stuff!

Amy Ellen said...

Thanks for the article, Anna!

And Michelle, I will be posting "the long answer" to this question once I can type it out this afternoon... thanks for your question!

:-) ae

Michelle said...

Great! Thank you!

Lawanda said...


What are "enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments" exactly?

Amy Ellen said...

Hi Lawanda,

The short answer to your question is... when you ferment something, say sauerkraut or salsa or apple butter, using whey... the lactobacteria make the already nutritious food more nutritious... the process increases the enzyme content, which increases its digestability and the absorption of nutrients into our systems... not only the nutrients from the lacto-fermented food, but for all that we eat along with it. Think of them as a sort of nutrient booster... making the nourishing food we eat even more useful. Does that make sense?

:-) ae

Gombojav Tribe said...

Good stuff, indeed! THANK YOU!!!