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How do you know what to eat?

22nd August 2017 02:09 PM

Author: Samantha Farmer

How do you know what to eat?

So often reports come out stating a food is good for you, or worse, bad for you.  This creates confusion, and either over indulgence or abstinence.

In my experience, from the study I have done, the research I have read, the specialists I have had the pleasure and honour to listen to there is a simple code I follow.

If nature provided the food, it is unadulterated, non-GMO or altered otherwise, if it is as close to the earth as possible, free, wild, organic, local and seasonal then I will eat it.  I will select as wide a range of foods as possible and eat each of those in moderation.

If I read a packet label and do not know what an ingredient is, I'll put it back.  If there are lists of preservatives, colourants, flavours etc, then I put it back.

In the modern World we have the good fortune to be able to try foods from around the World, and to enjoy foods out of season, but this is not necessarily providing us with the best nutritional value.

Often fruits and vegetables are picked before they are ripe, so they don't spoil before they get to the shops.  The plant therefore hasn't had the opportunity to produce its full nutrient quota.  On route the fruit or vegetable starts to spoil, oxidise, and the nutrient value depletes.  Sometimes they are sprayed with coatings intended to protect them from spoiling, but this is another chemical we can be exposed to and most likely do not need.

Out of season produce can be grown in 'false' environments, so the plant is less hardy as it hasn't been tested by the elements, it may be given manmade fertilisers to help it grow, which again may not be suitable for human metabolism.  The plant may not therefore, be as nutrient rich as a locally grown, in season plant.

My advice is to get to know your local producers and suppliers.  Get to know their methods of farming, fishing, growing. Look to get your basics from trusted sources.  Aim for seasonal, fruits and vegetables.  Set up a small vegetable patch and grow your own, plant a few fruit trees, as there is no greater gift than feeding your family food you have grown, and cooked yourself.

But let's come back to reality for a moment.  Life is busy, you don't have time to prepare food, cook it, let alone grow it.   My advice would be to plan ahead to establish the basics, then make the best choices you can within the limitations you experience; from availability to financial.  Our food, after all, represents our life-force.  If we do not provide our bodies with what they need to thrive, then our opportunity to do all the other things we deem important may not be possible.

Why not visit your local farm shop this weekend, include the family, and start your journey towards knowing what to eat with confidence and experience the joy of real food.

Samantha Farmer is a registered nutritional therapist (CNHC & BANT) with a keen interest in womens health, digestive issues and stress management. Her approach is in line with Functional Medicine, which focuses on the client, looking to re-balance all components that lead to optimum health.

For more information, or to contact Samantha, please see her website

 

Tags: Food, Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy, samantha farmer

Treatments: Nutritional Therapy

Practitioners: Samantha Farmer

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