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Some REAL Holiday Cheer

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The soothing, warming aroma of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes and apple pie are irresistible to just about any American. It is quite extraordinary how quickly all of that delicious food is consumed. Even more extraordinary when one considers that it is usually followed by at least one evening, if not days, of discomfort. And this discomfort seems to be forgotten by the time December rolls around. Differing religions, households, and customs create a great variety in how this season is celebrated but food is universally involved.

What does this translate to in terms of our health? One would normally assume that the answer to that question depends on the amount of sheer willpower a person possesses. If you are like I used to be, you can pretty much rely on over-indulgence and feeling simply awful afterward. For me that was the case for several reasons.

  1. I didn’t know what it meant to feel truly healthy so experiencing discomfort after a meal was not so unusual.
  2. I was not aware of how much food affected how I felt (duh!) so I had no compelling reason to control myself.
  3. I was not satisfying my nutritional needs at any given meal so gluttony was a common occurrence.
  4. At social gatherings I just wanted to “enjoy” myself and was not interested in limitations or restrictions.

If you find yourself overeating during the holidays you may be prey to one or more of the factors I’ve listed above.  But be encouraged! All of them can be overcome.

It may be shocking to hear that there is a state of being where, not only do you not overindulge, but that you have no interest in doing so.

 I will look at each of these issues in order.

1. “I didn’t know what it meant to feel truly healthy so experiencing discomfort after a meal was not so unusual or especially noticed.” 

It may be a little late, in November, to elevate your health high enough to lose interest in overindulging. But you can begin to improve your health right now, which will increase your chances of eating better at the holidays. And also, if you do veer off track it will be easier to get back on the right path if you’ve started some healthy habits beforehand.

Some basic improvements you can start making now:

Begin eating in harmony with your metabolism

-Reduce or eliminate intake of processed foods

-Replace refined grains with whole grains

-Replace refined sugars with raw honey or maple syrup

Focus on eating foods with the highest nutrient-bang-for-buck

2. I was not aware of how much food can affect how I felt (duh!) so I had no compelling reason to control myself. 

The best way to cure this illness is to eat really well for awhile. When you see how undeniably powerful eating the right food for you can be, no convincing will be necessary.

The biggest mistake people make when they are “trying to eat healthy” is that they completely ignore messages from the body while doing so.

This results in many people not seeing warning signs that what they are doing may not be so healthy. Or they feel better but disregard this important fact and easily fall into old bad habits.

Practicing the fine are of observing your body is more important than any other single change a person can make. We all have unique needs. And, there is no “one” right diet for everyone. What is great for me may be a disaster for the next person. Observing your body is the key to identifying what is working for you and what is not. A simple food diary is a good place to start with this. Record what you eat and how you feel after you eat.

3. I was not satisfying my nutritional needs at any given meal so gluttony was a common occurrence.

When you are eating a nutrient-dense diet that is right for you, you will be satisfying your nutritional needs. This will lead to the great habit of stopping eating when you are satisfied (I said satisfied, not stuffed).

Even at the holidays this will work. Yes, sitting around with friends and family lends itself to eating more than usual, but you will already be in the habit of eating just the right amount so your chances of stopping are much higher.

4. At social gatherings I just wanted to “enjoy” myself and was not interested in limitations or restrictions.

The beauty of eating really well is that you feel great pretty much all the time. You really lose the need for artificial stimulation. If you get it right you should feel an unprecedented feeling of calm contentment.

Your ability to live in the moment, be patient and enjoy the little things in life will be greatly enhanced.

This lends itself well to enjoying every day, not just the holidays.  The common habit of equating “being bad” with enjoying yourself may completely dissipate. Because in fact, the better you eat, the better you feel. And the better you feel, the more you will enjoy yourself. It seems pretty simple but most of us have developed a rather convoluted idea of having fun.

More information on Eating in Harmony With Your Metabolism.

More information on a Nutrient-Dense Diet.

Food and Money

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The 25$ Food Challenge

Learn more about The 25$ Food Challenge

As I engage in conversations with people about the politics of food there seems to be a recurring theme. It appears that as long as the general masses have access to cheap food, few are going to complain about the sorry state of affairs in our current food production and distribution system.

This is especially apparent when looking at the “occupy” protests sweeping the country right now. The link between freedom, democracy and economics and how food is produced and distributed seems to be ignored by most of the protestors. As explained in the following excerpt from a post in “Civil Eats”, most people just don’t see the connection:

“I went to the Occupy Wall Street march last week, as part of the NYC food justice delegation. We carried baskets of farmers’ market vegetables and signs reading “Stop Gambling on Hunger” and “Food Not Bonds.” Food justice advocates came out from around the city—urban farmers, gardeners, youth, professors, union members, and community organizers. The vegetables attracted a lot of attention. Food so often attracts a lot of attention—the New York Times is just one of the outlets to focus in recent days on the makeshift kitchen at Zuccotti Park. What was more surprising were all of the puzzled looks we got from the bloggers, photographers, and other marchers who wanted to talk to us. “What’s the connection here with food?” we were asked many times.”

Michelle Meiklejohn

The food that many people eat in this country, most of the time, is pretty much devoid of nutrients and is filled with preservatives, sweeteners, and other items that add texture and flavor to otherwise nasty stuff. This is not brain food, folks. This is the type of food that makes one want to sit down and watch TV. And watch TV we do. Meanwhile we are losing our rights to food freedom, losing our connection to the land, and getting fatter and unhealthier than any civilization in history.

When a civilization is starving, the masses stand up and fight. This concept is well-understood by those who control those said masses. They know all too well that as long as the majority of the people have enough food to eat then they will usually tolerate the status quo. If that means they live rather simply but have their basic needs met, then that is fine. But when kids start dying from hunger, people tend to take notice of the inequalities inherent in pretty much every society. And it makes them mad! Why should their kid be dying when there are people out there who have enough money to buy 4 mansions, 10 cars and 2 boats?!  Hence the amazingly cheap production and distribution of food in our country today.

The idea that we can return to an agrarian-based, local economy society seems pretty far-fetched. But as the seams of our society continue to disintegrate, and more and more people begin to wake up to not only the economic inequality but also the injustice in our food system, things may move more and more in that direction.

On a personal level, for a long time I have had a desire to help those who are supposedly not able to eat local, real food. I have wondered, is it true, are these people truly forced to eat only processed crap food?  Or do they have choices? That has led me to create The 25$ Food Challenge. I am going to see for myself if it is possible to eat well on 25$ for a week (which will translate to 100$ for my family).

And I hope to get plenty of donations for this effort. The donations will go toward buying food from a local farm (thereby supporting a local farm) for families that are in need in Rockland County, NY. I hope to bring awareness to the fact that it is hard for a lot of people to eat good food. It is hard for them to afford it, hard for them to find it and hard for them to prepare it. If in this process I can relate a little bit to what that is like, and learn some creative ways to increase the amount of high-quality food in the diet of someone on a tight budget, that would be great!

If this idea inspires you in any way, please act on it!

If it inspires you to try The Challenge and find donors of your own, great!

If it inspires you to donate, fantastic!

If it inspires you to find creative ways of adding real, local, sustainably-produced food to your diet, wonderful!

Go to www.bodywisefoodsmart.com to find out more details about The Challenge, to sign up and to donate!

Hello All!

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I have started this site to have a central meeting point for all those in our area interested in the work of Weston A. Price. I will post here about upcoming events for Rockland County, Bergen County and beyond. The site is still a work-in-progress. I hope to add blog posts periodically and I encourage anyone interested in posting to let me know. I will also add information about Weston A. Price, The Weston A. Price Foundation, and other related sites and topics of interest. Eventually I would like to add a section on recipes, book recommendations and local sources of good food. Please feel free to let me know if you have any resources you would like to share others.