Are You Eating for Optimal Health

Posted on July 7, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I am going to share with you information presented at a recent nutrition seminar in Los Angeles starting with a quote made by Dr. Royal Lee; Dr. Lee believed we are starving ourselves with the quality of the food we are eating.

“That is one of the biggest mistakes that medical science has ever made: to provide drugs to people who are starving. A starving man doesn’t need drugs. He needs food. And if he gets food he recovers. If he gets drugs, he doesn’t.”

Dr. Lee is no longer with us. He was the greatest nutritionist the world has ever seen. He gave us information on food and supplements that modern research is only now discovering some five decades after he spoke of them. He believed in the whole food approach: Whole food diet and Whole food supplements.

Components of a whole food diet are:

1. Organic
2. Locally grown
3. Seasonal
4. Fresh
5. Balance of cooked and raw

Dr. Lee addressed processed foods in 1943 with this statement: “We have drifted into this deplorable position of national malnutrition quite inadvertently. It is the result of scientific research with the objective of finding the best ways to create foods that are non-perishable, that can be made by mass production methods in central factories, and distributed so cheaply that they sweep all local competition from the market…”

The top worst foods are:

1. Pasteurized foods and homogenized dairy
2. Refined/white flowers and grains
3. High fructose corn syrup (which is 50% synthetic glucose)
4. Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners
5. Hydrogenated oils
6. Non-fermented soy foods
7. Refined sugar foods: soda, candy, pastries

The highly recommended foods are:

1. Fresh organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables
2. Low or no grain diet (best grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat which are gluten free)
3. Organic (pasture fed) meats and eggs
4. Fresh wild harvested fish
5. Sea vegetables, Celtic sea salt
6. Raw nuts and seeds
Even the best organic foods today do not supply us with all the nutrients we need on a daily basis and whole food supplementation is required to sustain optimal health. Those of us who have starved ourselves with processed foods, conventionally grown and genetically modified foods have an even greater need for concentrated whole food supplements.

Jim Harris is a naturopath and nutritional consultant at the virtual practice “The Art of Wellness”. 760-778-5600

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