My MD has told me to take nutritional supplements. Lots of them.
So I do. And they have made a huge difference as I recover from the malnutrition caused by undiagnosed celiac disease.
But I don’t like buying supplements. They are very expensive, and I would rather spend the money on top-quality food for my family. So, now that I feel healthy, I want to wean myself off supplements.
When I discussed this goal with my MD, he was blunt. My only chance, he said, is to eat fanatically well, and even then I may still need some supplements.
It occurred to me that healthy people should be able to greatly reduce their supplement requirements and increase their health if they eat as I was told to. Therefore I’m sharing this information with you.
Here’s what my MD, an expert in nutrition, recommended:
While continuing to follow the general rules for good nutrition, focus on
- Raw foods
- Organic foods
- Fresh, raw vegetable juices
- Sprouted and soaked grains and legumes
- Cultured foods—not just yoghurt, but also home-cultured vegetables
Is this a realistic list? Yes and no.
It’s easy to eat more vegetables. It’s also easy to eat them raw. (Note that too much fruit is too sweet for most people; it’s more important to enjoy vegetables.)
If organic produce is not an option for your family, you can concentrate on produce that contains fewer pesticides. We grow as much of our own food as possible for this reason.
If you don’t have a juicer, you can’t make raw juices. Commercial juices are often not raw, and I cannot afford a juicer, so I’ll ignore this step and concentrate on the other ones. (And when I’ve saved supplement money, I’ll be able to buy a juicer.)
Don’t know how to soak, sprout or culture your food? That’s where things get tricky for us, too. We’ve tried all three, but have never become comfortable with them. However, there’s so much information out there about these time-honoured food preparation methods! I’m going to reread my soaking/sprouting recipe book and I’m going to spend more time with Wardeh at her information-packed blog for encouragement and practical tips.
Undoubtedly my family and I will become healthier. Then we will be able to save money on supplements and use that for real food instead. If you take any (or all) of my doctor’s recommendations, your family will benefit as well.
For more great tips, see Works For Me Wednesday , Women Living Well Wednesdays, Healthy 2Day, Raising Homemakers, Encourage One Another Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Thrifty Thursday, and Frugal Friday.