Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Naked Nutrition

What do we eat and where does it come from? How does what we eat affect the lives we live? How does this eating affect the moods and behaviors we carry around with us wherever we go? For several years I have been interested in eating as healthy as possible, and from what I have found, this means eating in a way congruent with those that came before me, way before me.

Mainstream food seems to have gone largely downhill in this last century. By this I mean, the food readily available to us in the supermarkets contains much less nutrition and energy in it than it would have contained 100, 50, or even 5 years ago. In many ways we have simply convenientized ourselves out of healthy habits; such as exercising daily, eating whole foods, getting restful sleep, and working a reasonable number of hours in a day.

The pure naked truth about nutrition and our life on this planet, explained far better than I could do is presented here in a wonderful two hour lecture by Paul Chek. I'm sure this has been said before, but check him out! I would say no more if I were concerned about building him up too much, but I don't think that this is really possible. He truly has an amazing ability and a genius level insight into the problems of the world, the environment, and in particular human nutrition. He somehow ties practically everything in the world together and makes it all come back to yin and yang, to dirt and sun, and to how you eat everyday! Amazing!

Some of the books he mentions in his talk can be found here. They can also be found on Amazon or elsewhere. The books I show in the photo above are Weston Price's Book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Nourisihing Traditions by Sally Fallon, and several copies of Wise Traditions published by the Weston Price Foundation. The first book is a textbook style writing about Weston Price's study of indigenous cultures around the world. The second book is a great cookbook of age old recipes and nourishing nutritional practices. The journals are a quarterly publication that shares information on "nutrition, farming and the healing arts". These are all excellent resources for getting your body and your life into healthy Naked shape!

A great deal more information on how to eat a traditional diet can be found through this link to the Weston Price Foundation.