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 “Paleo-nutrition” in her new book on organic food. What makes Paleo-nutrition better? Compared to the meat-and-potatoes and ‘fast food’ diets, Paleo-nutrition emphasizes pure natural raw foods.
Ria offers the following guidance for your 21st Century diet:
Proteins: 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: 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 doesn’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 “orthomolecular” by adding the Greek prefix “ortho” meaning ‘correct’ or ‘right’ 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 ‘hunter-gatherer’ 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.