The Basic Principles of a Healthy Diet

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.

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