Are What You Eat
you calling me a kebab?
often ask our patients to describe their diets to us. More frequently
than you might perhaps think we get a reply along the lines of cereal
for breakfast, sandwich for lunch and a pasta meal for tea. People think
that this is a balanced diet but in fact they are eating the same thing
for every meal; wheat, wheat, wheat!
According to Dr. Joel Wallach, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in
Medicine in 1991 for his work with nutrition, there are approximately
90 essential nutrients that we need from our diets every day. There are
60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids and 3 fatty acids. An essential
nutrient is one which the body cannot manufacture out of something else
and must be provided by the diet. A deficiency in any one essential
nutrient will have a deleterious effect on the body. Imagine what a deficiency
in several would do.
The body can only repair itself from the raw materials you provide for
it. If you aren't providing the right raw materials then the body can't
repair itself properly.
get them from our diet?
So does your diet provide those ninety nutrients on a daily basis? Well,
if you ate a fresh, local, organic diet of which 75% was raw you would
need to eat about thirty two different foodstuffs a day to provide those
Is it possible?
A good home-made muesli might have 12 ingredients; a nice
mixed salad at lunch time might have another 12, snacks of different fruits
throughout the day, etc. so it is possible.
However, not many people's
diets are that broad.
The answer is to broaden your diet. This week we are suggesting that
you eat a new-to-you food every day. Try different meats, goat or venison
for instance; different fish, such as gurnard or bream; breads made from
different grains, for example spelt or rye; different milks, such as soya
or oat milk; pasta made from vegetables; different cheeses, from goat's
or sheep's milk; different eggs; from ducks or geese; different fruits
and vegetables, or at least different types of the fruits and vegetables
you already eat; nuts, seeds, pulses and legumes.
We also suggest that you eat something raw with every meal for the enzymes
which are contained in the raw food.
what you eat
Tomorrow your body will make new cells from the food that you eat today.
What kind of cells do you want your body to be making?
Remember that some of the cells that you making tomorrow will be part
of you for the next 7 years.
You never know, you might just find something that is so delicious that
your life will be changed forever, as mine was the first time I ever ate