I know – long absent, “maybe she has given up the blog.” SHE certainly has thought about doing it. Not wanting to spend a lot of time at the computer, wanting to eat the food at dinnertime instead of taking time to do a professional photograph while the food goes limp! But, several recent “discoveries” impel me to continue – not daily, can’t spend that much time, but certainly much more frequently than in recent times!
Now on to those “discoveries”. Those of you who REALLY know me, understand that I devour health research, coming by it genetically from a mother that was convinced, long before it was popular thinking, that the way we eat had a great deal to do with how we felt. She was probably one of the first subscribers to the premiere edition of Organic Gardening. She also drove most of us around her a little batty with her constant lectures and her not-so-tasty or appealing “healthy” food. (At least what at that time was considered healthy.) She did live just short of her 95th birthday, so we need to give her some credit!
Like many people who care about their health and the health of those around them, I have spent numerous hours reading the latest legitimate, not industry-sponsored research from various trusted sources and recently, at a ripe age, completed my health coach certification with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. I also have completed the Reversing Cognitive Decline, aka RECODE program that has achieved remarkable results with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Dr. Dale Bredesen promulgated the protocol with great success and I am now listed on the AHNP site as a health coach certified in RECODE and what we refer to as the PRECODE (preventing cognitive decline) protocol. The latter protocol is for everyone hoping to avoid neurological issues as they age.
It’s extremely convenient to slip off into absolute thinking and follow an eating style with a label that claims to have all the answers: raw foodist, vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, Primal, Paleo, low carb, Keto etc., etc. (Why are we so attached to labels?) Hence, the name of my blog and and with his approval, my original affinity towards Michael Pollan’s ideas. The oft quoted: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”, says a lot, but not everything. Many of these various diet categories leave out some very important research findings – besides WHAT we eat, it is just as important how WHAT we eat was GROWN or RAISED and how we PREPARE it. These added features, along with the innate structure of the food, and our unique genetic coding, determine what health effects these foods have on our bodies as well as our planet.
The research continues, results are coming in quickly, and real research is finally being done on diet and lifestyle, not paid for by the medical/pharmaceutical/manufacturing/insurance dollars. And the results are startling! Our lifestyles have an absolute effect on our epigenetics (the ability to affect which genes get expressed). What we eat and how we live DOES matter a great deal!