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A number of recent studies have shown that when you eat the way humans did in prehistoric times, your health will improve.
Author Ria Penders calls this diet â€œPaleo-nutritionâ€ in her new book on organic food. What makes Paleo-nutrition better? Compared to the meat-and-potatoes and â€˜fast foodâ€™ diets, Paleo-nutrition emphasizes pure natural raw foods.
Ria offers the following guidance for your 21st Century diet:
Proteins: Â Found in fish, meat, eggs, nuts and seeds, you need proteins for your immune system, and for muscles, intestines, skin, hair, and for energy. Have a portion at lunchtime and one in the evening and you will feel both more fit and better satisfied.
Fat:Â Paleo-nutrition allows a great deal more fat than most popular diets. About 40-50% of the total amount of energy is supplied by fat. However, the amount of saturated fat is much less than in regular nutrition as your body doesnâ€™t need much saturated fat.
Poultry, meat, and fish of animals living in a natural environment contain predominantly omega-3-fatty acids. These fatty acids are important for your brain and skin, and for the regulatory systems in your body, for example, controlling inflammation and blood pressure.
Carbohydrates: You need to derive about one third of the total amount of your energy from carbohydrates, although people who do more physical activities than average should eat larger portions of carbohydrates.
Orthomolecular scientists advise you should avoid grains with gluten as they may do harm to your intestines. Grains like wheat and rye, fruit drinks and added sugars do not fit in a Paleo-nutrition diet.
Vitamins and minerals: When you have two portions of vegetables and three portions of fruit daily, your intake of most vitamins and minerals will be higher than in regular nutrition.
You should only be careful to obtain adequate amounts of calcium and iodine. Dairy products are not used in Paleo-nutrition but getting sufficient calcium does not need to be a problem if you eat a lot of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. You will find iodine in seafood.
Co-author Yvonne van Stigt, an orthomolecular therapist, while researching for her own health, came across The Paleo Diet written by Loren Cordain. It became clear to her that Paleo-nutrition was the solution both for her own health and for her clients.
In 1967, Nobel Prize winning chemist Linus Pauling coined the word â€œorthomolecularâ€ by adding the Greek prefix â€œorthoâ€ meaning â€˜correctâ€™ or â€˜rightâ€™ to molecular. His idea? The right molecules in the right amounts makes for a healthy body. In 1973, he founded the Institute for Orthomolecular Medicine (now the Linus Pauling Institute at the University of Oregon) to conduct research into, the relationships between health and disease, and the functions of micronutrients, phytochemicals vitamins, minerals, and other essentials in the human body.
Orthomolecular and other scientific studies are now demonstrating that the prehistoric â€˜hunter-gathererâ€™ diet of fresh foods gathered from Nature is probably the most beneficial way to eat.
This book gives you practical ideas if you want to live and eat as we did thousands of years ago.
For more information, see the website: www.oergondischgenieten.nl
Photos courtesy of Ria Penders
By Teviot Fairservis.
For several generations, Penders family members have been fascinated by natural and organic ingredients. Recently, Ria Penders has come out with a new book simply called â€œOrganic Foodâ€ (published in Dutch as â€œOergondisch genietenâ€) with more than 250 healthy recipes based on a prehistoric diet.
â€˜Paleo-nutritionâ€™ for the future. As an â€˜orthomolecular dietician,â€™ Ria Penders has dealt with the relationship between health and nutrition for many years. She wrote this book to assist her clients on their way to become fit and healthy. She advises people to choose their foods following a â€œPaleo-nutritionâ€ diet:
We should eat as people did thousands of years ago. People ate what was available in nature. Primitive man went out to hunt and fish. He picked up eggs and gathered fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and honey. The proteins and fats from fish and meat supplied most of their energy. The amount of carbohydrates in starch and sugars in the prehistoric diet was only about one third of the total amount of their energy intake.
You can make the most delicious meals using only a few basic ingredients. A salad of spinach and raspberries with cold roast beef make a super nutritious salad (doesnâ€™t it look yummy in the photo?). Our ancestorsâ€™ diet avoids dairy and gluten found in certain grains and is low in saturated fat.
A good meal plan might include:
Breakfast: fruit — with nuts, eggs (or nothing else)
Lunch: a salad or hot meal — with plenty of vegetables, plus meat, fish, chicken or eggs, dress with olive oil
Dinner: plenty of vegetables including leafy vegetables such as tuberous plants, with fish, meat or chicken
In between: fruit, nuts, seeds, olives, avocado
Drinks: water, a variety of teas, some coffee
Across the planet, people are eating â€˜fast foodsâ€™ and accordingly, the incidence of diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular problems have risen dramatically. Ria says:
Nowadays, many people eat processed food with a high percentage of refined carbohydrates, such as in bread, sweets and soft drinks. Processed food also contains salt, flavorings and preservativesâ€¦ Carbohydrates supply most of the energy, about 70%. This nutrition does not satisfy; the appetite for food does not stop. Overweight and loss of energy lie ahead!
She advises clients to change their diet for their health and urges them to eat organically grown food whenever possible. Her advice: â€œGet fit and healthy just by eating produce straight from Mother Nature!â€ Eating right is easy, she says:
â€œThis kind of food is delicious, doesnâ€™t take much time and is easy to prepare.â€
Photos courtesy of Ria Penders
By Teviot Fairservis.
In Los Angeles, California, more than 10 years ago, we produced a 30-minute â€œinfomercialâ€ television show called “A Lifetime of Beauty.” It was aired in all the big cities of the U.S. including Boston, New York, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco and Houston. The show promoted the newest product which our company pioneered — the first natural AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) cosmetic product in the world.
The novelty was that these special products called â€œGlycoFruitâ€ contained acids from the rhubarb plant that naturally sloughs-off old skin cells to reveal clear and fresh-looking skin. So how did it happen that this product became featured in a 30-minute television show?
GlycoFruit became a hit in a few stores in San Francisco and our best-selling product ever in the history of Paul Penders Co. It was also advertised in several natural lifestyle magazines around the country. The advertisements got the attention of a few Hollywood celebrities and soon their agencies started to contact us.
To make a long story short, soon afterwards Katja and I were invited to Hollywood to visit several movie stars wanting to discuss a business deal about this new GlycoFruit product. According to them, GlycoFruit would make for a perfect 30-minute infomercial product to be shown nationwide on television!
Dr. Joni Laughran while working in our company in California wrote a book for the show, also with the same name, â€œA Lifetime of Beauty.â€ The book was a give-away for people who called the Paul Penders Company enquiring about our newest beauty invention.
Honestly, Katja and I had a blast meeting these movie stars at their homes. I can say this was a very interesting tour, and we got to meet several popular stars over a few days.
After meeting these celebrities and their Entertainment Lawyers, I finally signed contracts with 2 stars; the most important one was Meredith MacRae (May 30, 1944 â€“ July 14, 2000), best known as Billie Jo on the TV sitcoms, Petticoat Junction and as Sally Ann in My Three Sons.
Several weeks after the signing ceremony, we started shooting in the studio of Jay Lenoâ€™s â€œTonight Show.â€ It was a time of learning, fun and excitement. During the shooting days, got to know Meredith better. She turned out to be a charming, intelligent and very kind person with a healthy amount of humor!
Part of the filming for the show was in Hollywood and part at our companyâ€™s base in Petaluma in Northern California. Meredith, her agent and a crew of beauticians all flew out to Petaluma for the shoot at Paul Penders Company.
We had dinner with the group the night before filming and then became it apparent how much she looked like Catherine Deneuve, the beautiful and distinguished French movie star I admired so much as well. Probably too it was that which attracted Katja and me to Meredith in the first place.
Since I am talking movie stars, there is another movie star I REALLY admire and have since a young age — Brigitte Bardot. I fell for her because of a few great movies with producer Roger Vadim, and later because she became a fierce fighter for animal rights.
To this day, Brigitte Bardotâ€™s focus in life is to end the suffering of animals. A little while ago we wrote about the vote in Catalonia, Spain making bull fighting illegal this year. Let me mention that Brigitte Bardotâ€™s latest fight is to stop the bull fighting in the South of France where it is still legally practiced.
She was interviewed not long ago by â€œFrance Dimancheâ€ and told the reporter, â€œMy life would have been worthless if changes are not made to stop bullfights in France before I die. But I am like a pit bull; when I start biting, I donâ€™t let go easilyâ€.
- Thank you, Dame Bardot, for being a
living example for me by helping
to set the standards to stop
cruelty to animals!