Book Review: A Mind of Your Own
1 July 2016
20 October 2016
“Your fork is the most powerful tool to transform your health, and the world” – Mark Hyman, MD
In conjunction with lifestyle our diet is the biggest factor in achieving good health and overall wellbeing.
The top experts in this field all agree that for optimal health we should eat a natural ancestral style diet, eating foods that nourish and avoiding foods that damage.
Here are 9 foods that will really supercharge your diet and boost your health:
1. WILD FISH
In particular oily fish such as wild atlantic salmon, sardines, anchovies and mackerel. They taste delicious, are low in health damaging mercury (found in larger fish such as tuna) and also provide the anti inflammatory Omega 3 fats which are critical for good health.
This goes without saying. Aim to include a wide variety in your diet, make them the main part of your meals and go organic if possible. I include Avocado’s in this category as although they are technically a fruit they behave more like a vegetable (low in sugar and nutritious).
3. ORGANIC PASTURED (GRASS FED) MEAT
You are what you eat ate.
No one wants to be eating animals that have been raised on a grain centric diet and pumped full of antibiotics, because that toxicity goes into your system.
Organically reared, antibiotic free pastured animals have a healthy and happy life. They roam freely eating evolutionary pre-determined natural food without chemicals and industrial grains. Consequently the meat is delicious, nourishing and nutritionally balanced (with a balanced omega 3:6 ratio).
Quality coconut is tasty, nutritious and versatile. Great for snacking and cooking it comes in many forms such as:
Fresh coconut, coconut flakes, coconut flour, coconut milk/cream, coconut yoghurt alternative, coconut water and coconut oil (great to cook with).
Octane oil is the most potent extract of coconut oil (caprylic acid) which helps your metabolism burn fat and gives you energy and enhanced cognitive function. It’s why so many people including myself blend some in their bulletproof coffee in the morning.
Dozens of health-protective nutrients have been identified in olives. Low in toxins, high in good fats and with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, they are a superb addition to our diet. Plus there are lots of varieties and they taste delicious.
Quality cold pressed organic Extra Virgin Olive oil is great drizzled onto finished dishes or used to make dips and sauces.
6. RAW NUTS & SEEDS
These are great as a snack and provide lots of nutrients. Do eat in moderation though and aim to eat them raw (and sprouted is even better).
Avoid exposing them to high temperatures e.g. frying to prevent the Omega 6 fats from oxidising and damaging health.
7. ORGANIC FREE RANGE EGGS
Egg yolks are a nutritional goldmine. They contain all of the essential amino acids we need to survive, plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Cook them over a low heat to keep the nutrients and fatty acids in tact.
8. BONE BROTH
Arguably the most powerful herb on the planet for preventing and fighting disease. You can buy it fresh or powdered to use in cooking. I also take high quality capsules of curcumin (the powerful anti-inflammatory component of turmeric).
A small but important note of caution – these foods are all wonderful provided you aren’t intolerant to them. Quality food sensitivity testing will let you know for sure.