Hey there team, it’s been awhile! I’ve been doing all kinds of things, mostly food related, and haven’t been in writing mode for a bit, but I’m ready to get back at it. My newest interest is wellness, specifically gut biome, but generally how to use food for wellness. So, in that vein I’m going to do a series of pieces about different nutrients: where to get them and why they’re important. We’ll kick this off with a look at some basic nutrition information and why you should care about what you’re eating, now more than ever.
Food is less nutritional now than in the past. Wait, what? You read that right, based on current research the soil we’re growing most of our food in is creating foods that are lower in calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. This is based on elevated levels of CO2 in the soil, which deplete minerals, thus causing foods to not create the same nutritional density as in the past. That soil biome is an important part of our health, so pay attention to where you food is coming from. Know your farmer, know your food; if that’s too big of a stretch for your situation, buy organic if you can. If those options aren’t available, use what resources you have to focus on eating foods you’re making yourself, it’s even more important for you to stay away from processed foods.
Last thought for the day, please be gentle with yourself. We are all doing the best we can with the knowledge and resources we have. If you eat something you shouldn’t today, don’t give up tomorrow. If you need to make some big changes in your diet, then don’t jump down the rabbit whole of whatever diet is big right now (in case you didn’t know, for 2019 it’s keto), allow yourself to make the changes that are sustainable for you in the long run. These are lifelong habits we’re developing, be realistic, and most of all be kind.