On our table: has wholefood and real food totally confused you?
Many people seem to be looking to eat foods that provide optimal health for a long and happy life…..
There is just so much information out there on what we should be eating and what we shouldn’t. So many rules and it seems to change every month or so! Everyone has an opinion and attests to wondrous health from their chosen ‘diet’.
After trying so many of them, I am finally in a place of beautiful existence with no label. I eat food that makes me feel good and that nourishes me on a cellular level, not because it is the new superfood or certainly not because it is green! I use white sugar with respect, I delight in iced coffees with cream, I squeeze my daily orange juice by hand, I treat nuts as a treat and I devour (real homemade) ice-cream. (if this resonates with you, so will this here)
I don’t think we can say there is one diet that those who live long lives adhere to. Instead as a general rule I would say those that live well into old age have low stress levels (or know how to manage such levels), minimal inflammation and have a high metabolism.
The food that I cook and believe that we should eat focuses on these three things: minimising stress levels and inflammation and supporting the metabolism.
For our family, this means the following foods find their way on our table:
:: cheeses such as ricotta, fresh goats cheese, parmesan
:: white fish such as flat head, snapper and barramundi :: wild prawns
:: a little grass fed meat (always consumed either on the bone or with bone broth & gelatin)
:: raw carrots, cucumber, capsicums and tomatoes
:: potatoes, sweet potatoe, pumpkin, parsnips and beets
:: digestible fruits with little cellulose – watermelon, pineapple, plums, cherries, grapes & peaches
:: stewed apples and pears
:: white rice (brown rice has all the bran and husk in tact and can be very troublesome to a compromised digestive tract/ metabolism)
:: beef bone broth galore with a squeeze of lemon :: pastured organic eggs :: raw honey :: real sourdough bread
Good food is a true pleasure of life, so even I will indulge in something that I don’t believe to be an optimal food, every once in a while. Far better to actually eat food, than restricting your calories because you can’t find organic this or sugar free that! Don’t forget the importance of good sleep, spending time in nature and being in the sunshine. To relax I enjoy an epsom salt bath most nights* (benefits of epsom salts here – great for allergies and so much more)
Do you have an optimally functioning metabolism/ thyroid?
Take your temperature, it is an amazing indicator of what is going on inside your body. Read here for a little more information. You are aiming for a basal temperature (temp upon waking) of 36.6 degrees C and ideally 37 degrees C during the day. Go on, give it a go!
Symptoms of a broken metabolism/ low thyroid function
:: low energy :: low body temperature with cold hands and feet :: an inability to lose fat (although hypothyroidism also commonly occurs in those with low body weight) :: low stomach acid and enzyme secretion (therefore poor nutrient absorption) :: leg cramps :: insomnia :: disturbed sleep :: depression :: bacterial overgrowth :: leaky gut :: food sensitivities :: salt cravings :: sluggish bowels and constipation :: muscle twitching :: cramps :: thinning hair and eyebrows (at outer edges).
:: What is your thyroid and how to increase metabolic health – article here
:: Did you know that lactose intolerance can actually be a sign of hormal imbalance and a broken metabolism. Read Danny Roddy’s article Lactose Intolerance: Milk Isn’t the Problem, You’re the Problemhere. :: If you are pregnant or thinking about conceiving, you may like to read this.
* I have a bath with my girls each night. It makes that (usually exhausting) time of the night, so much more relaxing.