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You Are What You Eat

Are you calling me a kebab?

We 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!

What we need

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.

Not rocket science

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.

Can we 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 ninety nutrients.

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.

What to do

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.

You are 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 a persimmon.



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