In today’s world you are bombarded with information about health. What foods should you eat to stay healthy or regain lost health? What foods should you not eat? How can you have the energy to meet your busy, busy schedule? What will your health be like when you reach your ‘golden years’?
The magazine racks and bookstores are filled with headlines and books on how to lose weight, how to look and feel healthy, how to have more energy, how to slow the aging process, and much more. Do they have the answers? How do you sort through all this information and make the right choice for your lifestyle?
When I was a young wife and mother in the 60's and 70's, I really and truly thought we ate healthy. I tried to plan and prepare a balanced meal that usually included foods from the four food groups. The four food groups I grew up with were:
1. Meats, poultry, fish, dry beans and peas, eggs, and nuts
2. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
4. Fruits and vegetables
Later, about 1992, the USDA came out with the ‘Food Guide Pyramid’. The base of the pyramid was grains with fruits and vegetables as the next step up in importance. The third step up was shared by meats and dairy with the top of the pyramid being shared with oils, sweets, and fat. As you know a pyramid is larger at the base and gradually decreases into a peak at the very top. So you were supposed to be getting 6 to 11 servings of grains on a daily basis. That included bread, cereal, rice, and pasta. The second and third levels of the pyramid were divided in half so on the second level you should daily be getting 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruits. On the third level you should daily eat 2 to 3 servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese as well as 2 to 3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, or nuts. As far as fats, oils, and sweets you should use them very sparingly.
The next USDA update was in 2005 with the “MyPyramid” which replaced the horizontal levels with vertical wedges of foods in various widths that again gave new guidelines for the various types of food.
Now on June 2, 2011 the pyramids are outdated. The current guide is called “MyPlate”. “MyPlate” is a picture of a plate and a glass divided into 5 food groups. Those groups are:
The diagram on the plate indicates larger portions of vegetables and grains. Fruit and protein portions are to be a little smaller with dairy in the glass being the smallest portion.
All these guides are helpful in your meal planning and preparation but are they really the total answer to the questions of what foods you should eat to stay healthy or regain lost health, what foods you should not eat, how can you have the energy to meet your busy schedule, and what will your health be like when you reach your ‘golden years’?
The first step to good nutrition begins at the cellular level. This is where your eyes may glaze over and I may lose your attention but please hang on. Your body is made up of trillions of cells. These cells are like a little body in that each cell must be properly nourished. The health of your entire body is determined by the health of each individual cell so cellular nutrition is very, very important.
Each cell must be healthy in order to take on nutrients and eliminate wastes. The nutrients your cells need to be healthy are called phytolipids and phytosterols. Phytolipids and phytosterols are the essential oils from grains with their main function being to make your cell walls more pliable and flexible. When your cell walls are pliable and flexible, they are able to take on nutrients and eliminate wastes properly thus you will better utilize the nutrients from the foods you eat.
What are phytolipids and phytosterols? They are plant-based fats. They help regulate several cell functions; like the amount of inflammation in your cells, the regulation of your heart muscle, the maintenance of blood flow by reducing the risk of excessive clotting, protection against cancers, immune responses, balancing hormones, etc.
The 4 food groups, the pyramids, and my plate all have suggested that you need daily servings of grains; however are the essential oils from those grains available in most grain products that are consumed today?
During the late 1940’s, a study was done on chronically ill people who were not responding to normal medical treatments. The result of the study was that when the essential oils, phytolipids and phytosterols, were added to the chronically ill people’s diets, they showed remarkable improvement. People with chronic pain from arthritis and people with symptoms of chronic fatigue improved dramatically as well as other illnesses.
So where have all the phytolipids and phytosterols gone? For the most part they have been stripped from our grains at various levels in order to provide a longer shelf life for processed grains. For example, when these essential oils are left in the wheat when it is ground for flour, the flour starts turning rancid and in a short time is spoiled. That created a problem so those essential plant oils are missing in any processed grain product in order to improve the shelf life. Most of the flour sold on the grocery shelf today is so dead the bugs will not even eat it.
I recall when I was a child; my parents purchased flour in 50 pound bags which we would consume in a relatively short time because my mother made everything from scratch. Occasionally we would get weevils in the flour because at that time there would sometimes be traces of the plant oils left in the flour from the grain mill’s processing. Currently, the processing of flour is such that our flour is pretty well dead to all nutrients except for the few synthetic vitamins and minerals added back in so we can call it enriched flour.
The lack of whole grains that have the phytolipids and phytosterols is the single most common deficiency in the diets of most people. Three servings of whole grain daily are basic to good health and very few people actually consume that amount of whole grain.
Whole grains have received bad press in recent years with all the low carb diets and low fat diets. Yes, there are dead carbs such as most boxed cereals, white bread, white rice, and most pasta’s. Yes, there are bad fats. It is true that despite all the low carb, low fat, and other fad diets many people are still over weight and health problems are at an increase.
What is the first step to good nutrition? The richest source of phytolipids and phytosterols are whole grains. Three daily servings of the essential plant oils from whole grains will help you look and feel healthier, have more energy, and slow the aging process.
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