Dr. Price Part 2 - What All Healthy Diets Have In Common
Last week we talked about Bioindividuality. One diet does not fit all, as Dr. Price discovered. He was searching for the "secret to health" and found that the world's healthiest populations had "radically different" diets. It's so cool to know that we are each designed differently, and that a diet that works for someone close to you may not be the perfect diet for you. And that paying close attention to how food makes you feel is truly the best way to know what is most healthful for you. We are truly our own experts.
That being said, Dr. Price discovered that, even though these healthy populations had different diets, they all shared several underlying characteristics. This is truly the "meat and potatoes" of Dr. Price's research (had to throw in a food pun). And these findings are what we REALLY need to pay attention to:
So what did the world's healthiest people all have in common? They each ate their native diet. And when "foods of modern commerce" were introduced, it proved to be disastrous for ALL groups. So, no matter what healthy diet these people were on, they all suffered when they introduced modern, industrialized food. What foods are those?
-Pasteurized or skimmed milk
-Refined and Hydrogenated vegetable oil
(AKA PROCESSED FOODS)
Dr. Price found that the people who were introduced to these modern foods suffered from facial deformities, "crowded teeth, birth defects and increased susceptibility to infectious and chronic diseases".
I'd say this information is pretty darn straightforward. Processed food does not do us any favors. Wanna know the cool part though? When some natives returned to their traditional diet, they started healing. And their children were born healthy as well.
So here's my advice to you: return to your native diet-grow all your own produce and hunt your own meat 😃 Ha! For real though, we can start with properly prepared, nutrient dense, whole foods. Foods that come from the earth (grow, walk, swim or fly). Taking the first step to cut down or cut out processed foods will make a huge impact. From there, you become your own expert-- keep a food journal so you can pay close attention to how you feel after you eat. Do you experience digestive problems every time you eat oatmeal? Do you experience pain in your joints after eating bell peppers? Even "healthy" foods can be problematic if you are sensitive to them. But the only way to figure that out is to start to really pay attention.
As always, my advice is to do your best. When you know better, you do better. I'd love to hear from you-- what's your best piece of advice for cutting out processed foods? What have you struggled with the most?
All quotes from Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A Price, DDS