I have a lot of friends who are all across the board as far as heath decisions and diet. There are those friends who don’t seem to care much at all what they eat. Some of them are really into exercise, and expect that to make up for a much-less-than-ideal diet. Some of them don’t really exercise much either, and still just eat whatever they feel like, including eating out a lot.
Some friends are very careful about what they eat, but pretty much follow the mainstream low-fat, vegetable-oil protocol, or a raw foods diet, or vegetarian or vegan. There are more and more friends, however, that have started to look into the benefits of a paleo-style or traditional foods lifestyle and diet. This kind of diet typically includes a lot of animal products, a lot of fat (including animal-based fats) and very little grains. Paleo also excludes dairy in any form.
This lifestyle change is usually in response to a health condition that has arisen. Maybe back pain that just won’t relent and they’ve tried everything else. Anything but surgery! Maybe there is persistent weight gain or they’re just frustrated with the results of the exercise regimen to which they’ve been so dedicated. Maybe a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder such as ADHD or Asperger’s Syndrome. Multiple colds in the winter, and just low energy over all. Maybe they’re just sick and tired of being sick and tired. The doctors say nothing is wrong, but how can I get back to being myself again?
When it comes to a breaking point, sometimes these friends come to me. They’ve seen my posts on traditional diets, healthy living, articles on how this supplement or that food or this method can do wonders for your health. They think that maybe there’s nothing to lose by trying it. So they ask me where to start.
That’s when I usually give them a couple of books to start out with. The books may depend on the situation they are facing. If they are dealing with infertility, for example, I might suggest first Sally Fallon’s The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care. If they are concerned about ADHD or food allergies for their kids, I might first steer them toward Robin O’Brien’s book The Unhealthy Truth. If they’re more of the movie types, I might send them to Food, Inc. or Supersize Me. Because basically once a person begins to see the flaws in the industrialized food system, they will find more resources.
Just give them a good place to start.Stay tuned for more suggestions and great nutritional reads to help you learn more about how to keep yourself and your family healthy.