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proportional reckoning. What if we did added another gem, Eating Well for Optimum
this with the foods offered in the grocery Health. We’re absolutely intrigued by the
store? Certainly it would simplify that integral perspectives Sally Fallon has
long list of unrecognizable ingredients. brought to center stage in Nourishing Tradi-
The actives would be the nourishing foods tions. Read this book and you’ll soon be set-
in a given can of soup, say, while the inerts ting yourself up to milk goats and learn
could be bunched together as so many entirely old ways to preserve foods through
nutritionally useless, if not downright lacto-fermentation. The Whole Foods Compan-
harmful, unknowns. The denatured grains, ion by Dianne Onstad stands as our pantry
food additives, artificial colorings, refined encyclopedia to look up the nutritional
sweeteners, heat-processed oils, and hydro- value of each fruit, vegetable, grain, and
genated fats could all be summed directly legume, as well as culinary tips, health bene-
on the front: “This dinner contains 87 fits, lore, and legends.
percent inerts.” Perhaps best of all, we’d Food plays a major role in our health,
lose this senseless preoccupation with low- but of course it is not the only underlying
fat, low-salt, low-worth advertising. People cause of disease. Elderly people who are in
might start getting it through their heads fine health, despite eating junk food and
that whole foods are the only real foods. whatever else pleases, are testaments to
Why were heart attacks rare in the other avenues to well-being and longevity.
United States in 1900 but the leading cause Breast-fed as babies, these people were then
of death by the late 1940s? Fully half of
individuals suffering heart attacks today
have none of the statistical risk factors gen-
erally implicated (high-fat diet, high blood EATING SENSIBILITIES
cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and hyper-
tension).²¹ The industrialization of food at • Enjoy your food. Prepare and eat it with thoughts of nour-
the turn of the century must be the expla- ishment, beauty, and a spirit of gratefulness. The love and
nation. In particular three kinds of food care we infuse into the food we prepare is life-giving as well.
were made universally available that had • Eat whole foods in or as close to their natural state as pos-
previously been only occasional treats: sible. A good overall test of fresh food is the following: If it
sugar, processed white flour, and refined won’t sprout or rot, don’t eat it!
vegetable oils and margarine. All are linked • Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Here’s where you
with heart attacks. generally find the fresh produce, dairy products, and less-
Our diets are very near and dear to our processed foods. The foods you want have ingredients that
hearts. The gumption to make positive all sound desirable to eat.
change is best brought about by awareness • Sit down. Chew your food well. Savor it. Eat to satisfaction,
of how intimately health and nutrition are without overindulging.
linked. Food and Healing by Annemarie Col- • Remember, everything in moderation, including modera-
bin is Nancy’s current favorite for viewing tion. Strive to eat healthfully most of the time, but don’t
the big picture. The information about the punish yourself with guilt if occasionally you don’t follow
remarkable healing qualities of specific your own guidelines. Being active helps balance out those
foods presented in this book complements occasional slip-ups.
herbal wisdom nicely. Andrew Weil recently

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