I’ve recently been reading “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon. She talks about the inefficiencies in our westernised, highly processed, mostly cooked diet and how it affects our health. Sally suggests reverting back to the foods our ancestors ate, lacto and naturally fermented, raw milk and dairy, raw foods etc. Eating a lot of foods with natural enzymes in them to support our body’s digestion and enable all the available nutrients to be utilised. It all makes a lot of sense. Since I’ve been trying to eat healthier for a few years, cutting down on fats, salt etc it’s going to be a huge change in our diet!
I’ve got a lot of concerns with making these changes. Will I eat the foods? I’m a fairly fussy eater, I don’t like meat and hate fat. I love my sugar! Will I be able to get Eddie and Dian to eat the foods? So far I’ve changed Eddie’s Equal (aspartame sweetener) for Stevia powder, and I have to say that the taste will take a while to get used to! Dian often won’t eat if she doesn’t like the meal, how can I get her to eat unusual foods???? And the sheer logistics of changing the way I cook, shop, store food etc.
My plan is that we’ve been eating in relative ignorance for this long, making changes slowly isn’t going to kill us! So, as we run out of foods I’ll either replace them with better choices in line with Sally’s directions, or not replace them at all. I can start making simple changes to our menu, making my own broth and soups, and start on a few ‘gentle’ fermented foods.
My Kombucha tea is staying! Which I’m very happy about! Among other wonderful things, kombucha contains glucoronic acid.
“Glucoronc acid is not readily commercially synthesized, but the healthy human liver makes large amounts of it to detoxify the body In the liver the glucoronic acid binds up all poisons and toxins – both environmental and metabolic – and rushes them to the excretory system. Toxins once bound by glucuronic acid cannot be reabsorbed into the system so we are rid of them.” Tom Valentine, Search for Health.