Why Clean FoodMap

That’s actually a key question, and I could use just one sentence to answer it. I want to become and stay healthy.

That’s easy, right?

Well, it’s also very true. More and more research is showing that the human body is not adjusted to grains and processed foods at all. Eventually the immune system develops an autoimmune response to this type of food. Most types of diseases are caused by incorrect nutrition that is based on the food pyramid from 80s. The food industry cut fat out of a standard diet, and instead of this “taste holder,” incorporated sugar to 80% of processed food.

We all know that sugar has an effect on the human brain similar to cocaine. It makes us addicted, which means we eat more. Therefore, we are better consumers. It all fits perfectly. But nowadays we are more and more aware of this. Our children’s life expectancies are shorter than ours, so it is time to ask ourselves—what can we do to change this fact. Is there anything?

The answer is—do not eat processed food. When you make your own meals, you know exactly what ingredients you put in. There is no hidden sugar and chemicals.

Paleo means you eat like our ancestors did. Although my way of eating is not entirely paleo, but personalised food map, it’s still the most close way of eating.  Our ancestors were eating plants, certain roots, fruits, meat (grass fed), fish and nuts mostly. There was no farming yet, so they didn’t eat grains or legumes. All of those types of food became available later with farming and industry.

Have you ever heard, “You are what you eat.” Well, that’s so true. Our cells are fed with food we eat. If we eat crap, we feel like crap. Eventually our bodies can’t keep up with cleaning all that trash out, and we get sick. Eating food that our bodies need for good performance is the best thing we can do for ourselves.

All that energy your body needs to stay healthy will be used for performing your daily tasks. You will feel and look better—and not just physically. Because of moderate hormone levels, you will also be more emotionally stable. I think this is a good reason to try and see what difference your food intake can make. You can see the difference in a couple of weeks. There is no harm in trying.

But let’s just talk about some key issues here. Knowledge gets people to think and act differently.

It’s very important to understand why we are not supposed to eat grains. They are relatively low in nutrients and are full of phytic acid, which prevents absorption of essential minerals in our intestines. Modern wheat contains 20-30% less important minerals like magnesium, copper and zinc. It also contains a larger amount of a protein called gluten. A lot of people are sensitive to this protein. Not only celiac disease, but non-celiac wheat sensitivity is now also a huge problem. People who developed type 1 diabetes have been found to have genetic predisposition to the disease that is triggered by wheat gluten. The big problem is genetically engineered wheat, which could induce major health threats for people who consume it.

People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity have been found to have higher mortality rates. That’s a good enough reason to find out whether our health problems originate in wheat consumption.

Another mistake health professionals made a few years ago was blaming saturated fat for heart disease. People started using processed vegetable oils. Those oils are very high in Omega-6 fatty acids, which can contribute to inflammation and various problems when consumed in excess. These oils are often hydrogenated, which makes them high in trans fats. Studies have shown that these fats and oils actually increase the risk of heart disease. There is no link proven between saturated fatty acids and cardiovascular disease.

Perhaps one of the biggest health myths propagated in western culture is the correlation between elevated cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. Cholesterol is vital to our survival, and trying to artificially lower it can have detrimental effects, particularly as we age. There actually is no such thing as bad cholesterol. Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra says almost four decades of advice to cut back on the saturated fats found in cream, butter, and less lean meat has paradoxically increased our cardiovascular risks.

If you want to know more about this topic, I advise you to read Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution for a start. During our blogging, I will suggest more of this kind of reading to get the knowledge that is key to begin living better lives.

Tina Trtnik