Last Friday I promised you that we would discuss the basic principles of a healthy diet.
I’ll add a few comments below, and briefly preface by saying that this list is not engraved on stone tablets.
Without further ado, the basic principles of a healthy diet include:
- Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
- Drink enough water.
- Eat with variety: eat the rainbow, eat seasonally, eat locally.
- Prepare foods traditionally; use slow methods such as soaking, sprouting, or fermentation.
- Eat the whole animal (if/when you choose eat animals).
- Eat foods that are organic, nutrient dense, and sustainably farmed.
- Eat slowly.
- Eat with other people.
- Don’t eat too much.
- Don’t eat at all once in a while.
OK, so, a few things to note.
That list could have been made longer or shorter, I chose to stop there for today.
I included the organic principle because there really is just too much poison in the supermarkets today. Fifty years ago, that wouldn’t need to be there. Today, it does.
I hope you’ll notice what is not there.
The basic principles of a healthy diet do not:
- Ask you to label your diet, or identify with a particular group of people.
- Make you feel overly restricted or prevent you from shopping.
- State that you must always eat a certain way.
- Prevent you from trying a wide range of things.
These are all things that you already know – even if you may have pushed them aside.
You don’t have to be an ‘expert’. You just need to be honest about what truly works for you.