pictured: Amy Knowles, Sally Fallon Morell, and Lee Burdett, at Wise Traditions 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Can you think of any health secrets — tips and tricks you've learned as you maximize the health and vitality of your body?
Sally Fallon Morell, the president of WAPF, shared her own 12 health secrets at the closing ceremony. They are inspiring, motivating, and represent many of the same key ideas that made such a difference in my own health over the years.
If you'd like to learn more about Sally Fallon Morell, check out her book, Nourishing Traditions.
12 Health Secrets From A Real Food Pioneer
Many of these tips are based on the dietary principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Be sure to account for your own special dietary or health needs as you incorporate these practices into your routine.
#1 — Eat 3 regular meals per day with animal protein, animal fat, and healthy carbs.
According to Dr. Weston A. Price's research, optimally healthy people are not vegetarian or vegan. Why? Because there are so many vital nutrients found most abundantly, and sometimes solely, in animal foods.
So, Sally includes them in every meal.
In addition to this, skipping meals can stress your adrenal glands as they work to energize you and stabilize your blood sugar. By avoiding a surplus of sugary foods and instead focusing on healthy fats and carbs, you can prevent blood sugar spikes and provide long-lasting energy.
“Our food must be satisfying. We can't live on renunciation. So this means plenty of good fat.” –Sally Fallon Morell
Read more about healthy fats here –> Avocado Oil: The New Fat in the Real Food Kitchen.
#2 — Don't snack between meals.
Our bodies depend on cycles, rhythms, and schedules. For example, the liver needs fasting after meals and a lengthy fast at night in order to complete its cycles from beginning to end.
To stay fueled throughout the day without snacking, plan out hearty, fulfilling meals. Sally gives detailed descriptions of what breakfast, lunch, and dinner look like for her:
Dinner: meat with fat, vegetables with fat, carbs as tolerated.
Dessert: If you need a sweet treat, try making the almond cookies from Nourishing Traditions.
Notice all of the fat? It's because healthy fats are satiating. They sustain our feeling of fullness so that we don't get hungry as quickly.
#3 — Eat mostly home-cooked food.
And sit down when you eat — with others or a good book! Mealtimes should be relaxing and low-stress for best digestion. This isn't the time to discipline the kids or discuss their grades. Take time to be thankful.
#4 — Pay attention to your digestion.
Do you ever have a stomach ache after mealtime? Various digestive aids can help.
According to Sally, if your cholesterol is too low you may have trouble digesting fats. To help with this, try Swedish bitters, lacto-ferments, lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar in water, beet kvass, or an ox bile tablet with the meal.
To help digest protein, be sure to use plenty of quality salt, as salt aids in protein breakdown. Eat the protein with fat, broth, or tropical fruits which contain enzymes that naturally break down protein. Examples include bananas, papayas, pineapple, mango, or avocado.
To help digest carbohydrates, properly prepare all of your grains. Eat your carbs with adequate fat.
If you have serious digestive ailments, look into a gut-healing protocol such as the GAPS diet.
If you feel like your gut needs some healing, here are 82 Ways To Heal Your Gut.
#5 — If you do eat out, choose high-end restaurants instead of fast food.
Order simple foods such as meat and fish with plain vegetables. Then you can add butter.
Avoid soups since they most are made from a packaged base containing MSG — or see if the chef makes his soups from scratch instead. Also avoid salad dressings and fried foods, since these may have rancid industrial oils.
For breakfast, simply order fried eggs and bacon. Then you at least know you're getting something real, not from a box! Avoid sausage since you don't know what's in it.
To make your own simple drink at a restaurant, squeeze lemon into sparkling water and add a small pinch of salt.
#6 — Avoid the worst of the processed industrial foods.
“Long shelf life = short human life.” –Sally Fallon Morell
Did you know that scientists induce obesity in rats by giving them MSG? Just search PubMed!
MSG is found in nearly all processed foods, so avoid them. Also avoid industrial fats and oils, refined sweeteners, extruded breakfast cereals and highly processed grains.
You can also research hidden sources of MSG.
Processed foods are one of the top 5 Foods That Are Compromising Your Immune System.
#7 — Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and soft drinks.
The adrenal glands produce many of our hormones — including the “fight or flight” stress hormones that sugar and caffeine stimulate. Continual stimulation exhausts our ability to compensate and correctly deal with stress.
Try searching Google for pictures of spiders spinning webs under the influence of caffeine!
Read more about adrenal fatigue here –> Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue.
#8 — Supplement with food, not pills.
There are many nutrient-dense foods out there — eat them!
However, some supplements don't go amiss. Everyone can use a daily dose of cod liver oil.
Sally's supplements are simple. She takes her daily fermented cod liver oil, vitamin C to help fight allergies, and vitamin B12.
#9 — Take boron for your joints and bones.
According to WebMD, boron affects the way our bodies handle minerals such as magnesium and phosphorus. It also balances estrogen. This is all helpful in maintaining healthy joints and bones.
Sally's boron tonic is 1 teaspoon of borax mixed into 1 quart of water. She drinks 1 teaspoon of this base mixture in a glass of water every day.
#10 — Exercise regularly.
It's best to exercise out-of-doors. Just don't overdo it.
Read about how real women lift weights here –> 10 Reasons Real Women Should Lift Weights.
#11 — Pick a goal.
And make sure it has absolutely nothing to do with health or eating. Why? To keep any of us from dwelling too much on ourselves. It's important to look toward the future!
#12 — Find balance.
Find a balance between restraint and spontaneity, play and work, strictness and leniency, justice and mercy, renunciation and excess.
What are your health secrets? Please add to this list — let's keep it growing!
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