Beautiful friends and fellow foodies,
As many of you know, it is my own journey with an illness that brought me to my food passion and last week in an effort to stay on top of things I attended the “Future of Nutrition” on line conferences. Armed with my legal pad I listened, replayed and took many notes.
Donna Gates of the Body Ecology was next, she is a breath of fresh air and a spokes person for fermentation which we will be adding to the list soon! She is all about good digestion and passed along these nuggets of wisdom. To empower digestion she says to add fermented foods to every meal, eat mindfully (chew your food) eat to build your immune system and meditate. This is critical to good digestion and brain care, it all begins in the gut, adding back the good enzymes from fermented veggies creates a balance in our bodies. Children who are given fermented foods from a young age never crave sugars, she recommends babies get a few drops of coconut kefir and gradually increase as they age. Imagine that!
I have said it before, I say it again, we are, after all made of what we consume, so the question prevails, are you eating it or is it eating you?
She went on taking about how we “were”, we are after all hunter gatherers…. women married good hunters, they brought food home, women gathered around community ovens to cook, families knew that the seasons produced different harvests and ate accordingly. Then enter GM foods, these man-made molecules are not recognized by our bodies, we are changing the internal codes over time. Your genes are what predispose you to certain illnesses, they turn on and off through life, the things that do this are food, our thoughts, our beliefs, sleep or lack of, and nutrition. Consider the toxicity all around us, women are exposed to 160 toxins a day just via products and the environment. We are letting doctors drug our children (10 to 20% of kids are on psychotropic drugs), there is an epidemic of Autism (1 in 88 kids, 2% more are boys)…this scares me.
As many of you my age, we began life in the era of Froot Loops and Kool Aid, our mothers went to work and convenience food trumped the pots and pans.
Another speaker I listened to was Robynne Chutkan MD, a integrative gastroenterologist. Did you know there are 1 billion microbiome in every drop of fluid in your digestive tract? They are your lifeline and we kill them with antibiotics, GMO foods and prescription drugs use. Once the PH of your gut changes your entire body will suffer, your gut is the portal for disease to enter, from the gut it travels to your hair, skin, joints and tissue. She has a food list to avoid if you are rebuilding a damaged gut. It spells SAD GAS…
Do eat, organic leafy vegetables, raw food has enzymes, vegetable juices, salad, soups . Especially women, we are more sensitive and complex, we actually have 10cm, more intestine in our lower gut, most likely why we struggle with bloating. As a doctor who performs colonoscopys she did say she has actually seen healed cases of ulcerative colitis and croon’s healed with the elimination of triggers and the addition of the right foods. Damage to the gut causes Leaking Gut, a very real issue. Envision a net, one with holes, lets things go through that should not be there. The digestive membrane is damaged as a result but this is not the end, the body can begin to heal in as little as 48 hours. The bodies default setting is health, our bodies are individual and as a rule we the individual should be writing our own book of health for our body, the body tells you what is working and what is not.
Last was David Perimutter MD, he wrote the best seller Grain Brain and talked long about the danger of gluten. Our Western diet is linked to disease of all kinds but he focused on the brain. Autism, Alzheimer’s, ADHD…all preventable, all linked to diet. Trans fats and hydro fats shift our lives and are coffin nails, they need to be banned completely. High carb and low fat diets also detrimental…our brains need fats, good fats. Gluten has an impact on autoimmune function, creates inflammation which is the portal for disease.
In summary, the mission of this buying club, my mission is to restore our food, bring back dinner, let the kitchen festivities begin. Turn on some music that nourishes your soul and get cooking! We will find the best sources, make it affordable and make this possible. No need to run to the corners of the world for quality, we can be your one stop.
Please tell a friend, family member or co-workers about who we are, tell them you belong to a food community that believes in restorative health and taking charge of the food. We love new people, we want to spread the word far and wide! We need your help!
Blessings from my house to yours,