Synthesis of experts: optimal healthy eating

It’s not only important for me to eat the best foods for my rheumatoid arthritis, but that the girls get good nutrition to grow, and that we eat in a way that is light on the planet.

We all know that nutrition is an important part of being healthy, and I do have a few health challenges. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been trying to synthesize what the experts say. My summaries of the sources are below.

When you put these and a bunch of other sources together, here are some of my takeaways, that I’m trying to implement in our house. We are trying to:

  • eat the greatest variety of local fruits and vegetables, best fresh but also fresh frozen. We’re spicing up the spring and winter offerings with a little variety from afar. Not much though, as we live in such an amazing place for food.
  • for proteins, choose fish, nuts and veggie protein sources. Minimize mammal meat sources. As much as I love duck, it really is best to treat meats as a treat. Fish is a hard sell with my stand, but he’s coming around!
  • drink water. No real need to drink anything else, unless it’s wine! Speaking of which, red wine in moderation is a good idea… The side benefit is that it slows a meal down and makes you savour the food more, too!
  • take it really easy on sugar. I had to go sugar free for 5 weeks, and I was shocked how many times a day I had to choose differently to avoid sugar. So less cereal, and more plain yogurt and Scottish oats with fruit for breakfast, that kind of thing.
  • banish processed foods… Anything with a bazillion ingredients or a long shelf life is a poor bet.
  • eat at home, and when we can’t or want to eat out, buy quality. Enough of the wasting money and gastronomic attention on crummy takeout. Ethnic foods, local fare and food crafted with love are worthy of our eat-out budget.

 

Harvard debunks the myth that we need dairy in our diets... also notice the amount of veggies vs. fruit, and the top protein choices.

Harvard debunks the myth that we need dairy in our diets… also notice the amount of veggies vs. fruit, and the top protein choices.

This mantra pretty much sums up his books.. the "food" part means real food, not processed choices but few-ingredient, homemade, food.

This mantra pretty much sums up his books.. the “food” part means real food, not processed choices but few-ingredient, homemade, food.

The books also talk about the carbon and ecological footprints of eating meat, as well as the adverse health effects of processed foods and overeating.

The books also talk about the carbon and ecological footprints of eating meat, as well as the adverse health effects of processed foods and overeating.

This was a spread in the page of a healthy living magazine, and it caught my imagination. The Dr. Weil anti-infalamatory diet... The idea behind low-inflamatory eating is so that you are primed for optimal health... even if you don't have arthritis like me!

This was a spread in the page of a healthy living magazine, and it caught my imagination. The Dr. Weil anti-infalamatory diet… The idea behind low-inflamatory eating is so that you are primed for optimal health… even if you don’t have arthritis like me!

Sometimes you just like some clarity and explanations. I like how there are suggested portions.. the fatty fish and nuts are really emphasized!

Sometimes you just like some clarity and explanations. I like how there are suggested portions.. the fatty fish and nuts are really emphasized!

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