Ingredients for Success
…eat according to the body’s biochemical needs
1. eat old-fashioned animal fats. Bacon, lard, tallow, butter. Healthy fats signify to the brain when the body is satisfied. Healthy fats provide cholesterol for the body needed to fight infections and other healing processes, for making vitamin D, as well as for memory.
2. eat lacto-fermented foods for proper digestion. i.e. raw sauerkraut. Fermented foods promote the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine. When eaten with meat, it speeds up the body’s natural digestion.
3. use natural sweeteners like pure maple syrup, raw honey, and stevia. In moderation.
4. limit consumption of caffeine. Too much caffeine (listen to your body to understand what is too much for you) constantly keeps the body in fight-or-flight mode which is a stressor on the body. Find substitutes for coffee like Dandy Blend or switch to tea to reduce stress.
5. use bone broths for fortifying health in the body. Broths help with digestions, heals allergies, improves degenerative joint conditions, detoxifies the liver, heals wounds and promotes bone building.
6. drink real (raw) milk. Real milk contains components that assist in killing pathogens in the milk, preventing pathogen absorption across the intestinal wall and strengthening the immune system.
7. eliminate processed sweeteners, like high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, agave. These throw the body off track, creating compulsive cravings for processed foods. Fructose is metabolized like alcohol in the liver and has been associated with fatty liver disease.
8. incorporate real protein several times per day, including animal meat, eggs, whey protein powder. We are made of protein – bones to muscles, arteries, veins, skin, hair, and fingernails. Heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and lungs are built of tissue made of proteins. Eating small amounts of protein throughout the day increases metabolism by 60%!
10. replace processed carbohydrates (breads, pastas, chips) with vegetables! Processed carbs are the number one reason in a slow metabolism.
11. also visit the Recipe & Resource page for meal ideas, salads, soups, appetizers, snacks, breakfast ideas, desserts, beverages and more!
…avoid processed foods
1. read the ingredients label. If the food you are contemplating contains more than 5 items and/or items you cannot pronounce, much less understand what they are, chances are your body may not know what it is either!
2. avoid store-bought foods that contain high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, plain oil, soy or soybean oil, vegetable oil, shortening, or margarine.
3. make your own! If your body is craving a chocolate chip cookie, make it at home. You will know exactly what is in the cookie and you probably won’t eat as many if you have to do the work.
4. avoid sauces and condiments when you go out to eat. Most toppings contain harmful fats and lots of sugar.
5. avoid pasteurized and homogenized milk, if possible. Nutrient degradation by pasteurization: vitamin C, calcium, folate, vitamin B12 and B6, vitamin A, vitamin D, iron, iodine and other minerals. If it’s impossible at this time to find raw milk in your area, at the least avoid homogenized milk.
…find real milk
While it is increasingly difficult to find raw milk, here is a website you can begin with: RealMilk.com. Since the sale of real milk is prohibited in many areas, a real milk farmer near you may not be listed publicly on the website. In that case, find a Weston A Price chapter leader in your area as they may have more information.
…use your real milk
Make yoghurt with a yoghurt maker or in a large cooking pot.
Make whey and cream cheese – whey is used for all sorts of fermented foods like salsa and sauerkraut. The cream cheese can be used on top of soups or mixed with honey and spread on breads. Both are great for digestion!
Learn How to Maximize Your Raw Milk: nine more ideas here
…sprout nut flours, butters, milk and seeds
Properly preparing nuts and seeds helps the body digest by reducing the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. More here.
…find organic, local food on vacation
Traveling while eating real food is difficult, but a little extra preparation and you can be at ease knowing the next Kombucha drink stop is just up the road! More here.
…raise vitamin D levels in the winter.
Low vitamin D is associate with most diseases (cancer, diabetes, MS, etc). Use a safe tanning bed. Requirements: electronic (not magnetic) ballasts, and 90% UVA and 10% UVB rays. (Mercola)