SUMMARY: Learn what whole food looks like. Such are anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense; the key to reducing, managing and even reversing chronic disease.
Seems in today’s lifestyle, what whole food looks like is confusing. Is it the steaming hot prepared buffet luring you with it’s smells and convenience such even appearing at Whole Foods grocery stores?
A check of ingredients will show if it is pure, clean, delicious, and properly prepared real nourishing whole food. Such is anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense. I am excited that you are learning this concept!
Adhering to an anti-inflammatory diet is the answer to reducing, managing, and even reversing chronic disease.
Through diet we increase anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids, decrease inflammatory (Omega-6 fatty acids, and food intolerances), and increase fruits and vegetables to increase antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. High quality meat, grains, and diary have a place in a nutrient dense diet but learning food quality and individual tolerance is critical for optimizing health.
The point is to reduce your risk of chronic disease that shortens lifespans and to live with vitality. The lifespans of babies born today are shorter than their parents, and the diseases affecting men and women, are devastating lives, families, and incomes. What diseases?Ages 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 are shown in the below slides & are telling:
3 Dietary Factors Deliver 80% of value in terms of disease risk and body composition.
Dr. Peter Attia, M.D. (mechanical engineer ⇒ Stanford MD ⇒ surgical oncology fellow ⇒ healthcare consultant ⇒ NUSI (founder with mission to answer with scientific certainty through the best possible research— what we need to eat to be healthy questioning current guidelines — check out NUSI NEWS page) has gone so far as to say, “My point: Just modifying your diet by the 3 factors I mention in this post:
- Lower consumption of sugar,
- Lower absolute consumption of carbohydrates, and
- More favorable consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)
— even if you are not genetically programmed to be lean, will probably deliver 80% of the value in terms of disease risk and body composition.”
That is incredible powerful and doable dietary advice coming from an expert M.D. and unbiased food researcher that I highly respect.
In short, if you use diet to avoid or battle chronic disease, you’d better be absorbing it’s micronutrients and antioxidants; all three prongs impact our bodies ability to do such.
For example, Attia’s last prong, “…favorable consumption of PUFA,” among other things, ensures that carotenoid absorption is optimized. This Linus Pauling Institute carotenoid article notes: Recommendations by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and American Heart Association to consume a variety of fruit and vegetables daily are aimed, in part, at increasing intakes of carotenoids.
Healthy fats/oils are critical for carotenoid absorption; I wrote extensively on this relative to PUFA and cold oil use in the post, MEET THE FATS & BEST SALAD DRESSING OIL, PART1.
Recipes that comply with SCD/GAPS/PALEO are healing gut microbiomes and managing chronic disease allowing the reduction, if not elimination, of medications.
It is easy to learn recipe tweaks to be SCD/GAPS/PALEO once you learn the tenets of these healing diets. Some of those grocery store buffets will be in compliance with those tenets, many will not. I am excited that your take away from my information will allow you to choose foods that are most anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense.
You can find many SCD/GAPS/PALEO recipes along with the easy how-to’s at Pinterest, Biome Onboard Awareness, LLC.