This chapter elaborates the importance of avoiding totally or minimizing certain food types or preparations in your diet in order to preserve the natural nutritious value of the original food source and to minimize the ill effects of unnecessary food processing and additives to our health. We are what we eat or more accurately we are what we absorb. Today our food, in this technically advanced world driven by intense commercial interests, is totally different from that consumed by our ancestors. In some instances, with the introduction of refrigeration and speedier farm to dinner plate delivery times, fortunately some foods retain a high percentage of their original nutritional value. However in the push for convenience of use, higher profit margins combined with the uneducated gullibility of the consumer the vast majority of food goods stacked temptingly on our supermarket shelves today has been over processed to the point of denuding the product of its original nutritional value, plus it has in order to intensify taste and visual appeal been adulterated with sugars, salts, fillers plus colouring, taste and preserving agents.
As mentioned many times throughout this publication – man’s miraculous digestive system has evolved slowly over millions of years. yet in the short time period of just 100 years or so the same digestive system is today being bombarded with a vast array of completely different commercially modified unnatural food items.
The ill effects of this sudden change in our food consumption, accordingly to thousands upon thousands of medical studies, clearly conclude that many ailments of the new millennium, often termed the “illnesses of affluence”, have given rise to an unprecedented increase in such health issues as diabetes, obesity, heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
This chapter repeats the warning and lists clear practical steps of adjusting back to a healthier “old-fashioned” diet.
» Avoid highly refined foods (white flours, pastas, cakes, biscuits) remember each step in any food preparation process robs the original food source of some of its essential nutrients.
» Avoid foods that have been preserved – canned, bottled, smoked etc.
» Avoid foods with a high percentage of salt, sugar or artificial additives. For example: milk chocolates, ice creams, ketchup, jams, syrups, sweeteners, pop sodas, cordials, diet drinks and creamy meat and salad dressings.
» Avoid all animal fats and trans fats derived from frying at high temperatures.