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EatMay 14, 2005: Whole foods equal complete nutrition
Eat whole foods as nature intended - fresh organic vegetables, fruit, pasture fed meat, free range organic poultry and eggs, raw dairy, wild fish, organic legumes, nuts and seeds, unrefined organic whole grains. If the food did not exist in pre-industrial times, it probably is not healthy to eat. Shop on the perimeter of the supermarket and there you will find the healthiest foods. Notice that most whole foods actually go bad if you keep them too long. A packaged food that has a long shelf life has either had its nutrition stripped away so there is little left to go bad, or it is full of chemical preservatives, food additives, artificial colourings and flavourings, or both. As Paul Chek says in his excellent online article You Are What You Eat - Processed Foods, read the labels on the foods you buy, and if there is anything on the label that you do not recognize, do not eat it. If you eat organic whole foods and avoid all refined and processed foods, you will make big strides in improving your health. To read more about making healthy food choices refer to chapter four of Paul Chek's book How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy!
Chek, Paul; How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! Chek Institute, San Diego, CA, 2004.
Chek, Paul; You Are What You Eat - Processed Foods online at "http://www.chekinstitute.com/articles.cfm?select=42", 07/03/2003.
Fallon, Sally and Enig, Mary; Nourishing Traditions, Revised 2nd Edition NewTrends Publishing Inc., Washington, D.C., 2001