Longevity (EQUALS) Greens and Beans and Oil (PLUS) Low on the Food Chain (MINUS) The American Way of Life
America is bad – very bad – for your health. Or, LOW on the food chain is your best friend.
Your new, easy-to-remenber health equation:
+Low on the Food Chain
- (MINUS) The American Way of Life.
Here in this Mediterranean island population of happy, content, and with a preponderance of over-90-year old people (still enjoying life, food, sex and sunshine) is a local-farming way of life, herbal remedies, gardening, olive oil eating, napping and sunshine. No drugs. No pharma drugs, that is. Rich in antioxidants, locally-farmed (in your yard) vegetables.
Now, how do they do it? (Answer: It’s what they grow, eat, what they DON’T eat, and how they live).
I’m always singing the praises of lentils. Healing, high in easily digestible protein – not toxic levels, but when sprouted, even more assimilable. My second is garbanzos – again, sprout them, cook them, mash them, any way you like them…and I love black eyed peas. And what do they eat?
And potatoes – not farmed in million hectare pesticide fields – but little, happy garden potatoes, vitamin and mineral rich – they heal the gut and provide nurturing, easy-to-digest carbohydrates to the liver and blood (they don’t make you fat, unless you eat them deep-fried, people).
And bread – naturally-fermented. Not this yeast-nightmare grocery stuff, but sour, from the local air-borne environmental bacteria which render it into a healthy, gut-happy product.
And, – hey primal beefallo-eaters – the diet is low – low – LOW on the food chain. It’s not just that it’s local. It’s low in dairy and meat products. Not absent, but low. And dairy is from goats. Goats, whose milk is much more like humans in fat and protein content than cows.
This is what I tell the Weston Price primal brigade regularly. Nice to have it in writing.. ;) (This is what Weston Price ACTUALLY saw – not what Sally Fallon wishes were true).
Fish is their primary animal food, besides goat’s milk – but BEANS are their primary source of protein, and one of their primary carbohydrates.
Good for your heart – as is regular NAPPING.
“They found that occasional napping was associated with a 12 percent reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease, but that regular napping — at least three days weekly — was associated with a 37 percent reduction.”
BEANS every day. Meat – Not.
“She found that her subjects consumed about six times as many beans a day as Americans, ate fish twice a week and meat five times a month, drank on average two to three cups of coffee a day and took in about a quarter as much refined sugar — the elderly did not like soda.”
FIVE TIMES PER MONTH. One point 25 (1.25) times a week. Calling Dr. Atkins. Calling Sally Fallon. Calling primal “Meataholics.” Wakey wakey. You’ve been duped. Or, you’re duping others.
Fish – yes, local, healthy, the best if-you’re-gonna-eat animals animal food for you. Twice a week. Not 10 times, not 5 times. TWICE.
Getting it yet? GREENS, vegetables, roots, leaves, HERBAL REMEDIES, local GREEN oil, BEANS, beans, beans, fermented Grain, goats milk as dairy, fish.
“For breakfast, she served local yogurt and honey from the 90-year-old beekeeper next door. For dinner, she walked out into the fields and returned with handfuls of weedlike greens, combined them with pumpkin and baked them into savory pies. My favorite was a dish made with black-eyed peas, tomatoes, fennel tops and garlic and finished with olive oil that we dubbed Ikarian stew.”
Now, note that when the protagonist of the article is diagnosed with cancer, he AVOIDS all western treatment, goes back home to the Greek Isles, GARDENS – and then surprises himself by GETTING BETTER. Hm. Right. Tells you… wow. What a floating mental asylum this America has become, huh?
Now, how do I get out of this mentally-deranged country and over to the Mediterranean? Ah well, one thing at a time…
“[T]he Ikarians’ diet, like that of others around the Mediterranean, was rich in olive oil and vegetables, low in dairy (except goat’s milk) and meat products, and also included moderate amounts of alcohol. It emphasized homegrown potatoes, beans (garbanzo, black-eyed peas and lentils), wild greens and locally produced goat milk and honey.
“As I knew from my studies in other places with high numbers of very old people, every one of the Ikarians’ dietary tendencies had been linked to increased life spans: low intake of saturated fats from meat and dairy was associated with lower risk of heart disease; olive oil — especially unheated — reduced bad cholesterol and raised good cholesterol. Goat’s milk contained serotonin-boosting tryptophan and was easily digestible for older people. Some wild greens had 10 times as many antioxidants as red wine. Wine — in moderation — had been shown to be good for you if consumed as part of a Mediterranean diet, because it prompts the body to absorb more flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. And coffee, once said to stunt growth, was now associated with lower rates of diabetes, heart disease and, for some, Parkinson’s. Local sourdough bread might actually reduce a meal’s glycemic load. You could even argue that potatoes contributed heart-healthy potassium, vitamin B6 and fiber to the Ikarian diet. Another health factor at work might be the unprocessed nature of the food they consume: as Trichopoulou observed, because islanders eat greens from their gardens and fields, they consume fewer pesticides and more nutrients. She estimated that the Ikarian diet, compared with the standard American diet, might yield up to four additional years of life expectancy. “
Well, they’re wrong there. It’s not just the diet – it’s getting the @#$# out of the american way of life. The pesticide and plastic and iphone mentality… diet helps, but if you live in an insane asylum, even if you’re the sanest inmate, you’re going to be driven fucking crazy a lot of the time.
As the song says: We’ve got to get back to the garden(ing).