Why Whole Foods?
Our first priority is to eat whole, fresh foods. This is what makes us healthy; it’s also what we have been genetically designed to eat – what is found in nature, not what is created in laboratories or mass food-producing factories utilizing chemicals. Today, so many of our foods have no resemblance to what one would find out in nature. These foods are simply a concoction of man-made chemicals and manufacturing processes that are sold as food. For now, let’s concentrate on whole foods.
A loose definition of “whole foods” is that the food is eaten in the form as close to the way it’s found in nature as possible, with minimal to no processing. There are obvious variances and limitations to these criteria, depending on the food. For example, foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds should be eaten in their raw state, which provides the highest level of nutrients (i.e. fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, water, etc.). When those foods are frozen, canned, baked, fried, salted, etc. and/or prepared with other processed foods (e.g. an apple that is made into a “turnover” made with white flour, hydrogenated oil and high fructose corn syrup), they are moving away from the way they are found in nature and in the process, losing the majority if not all of their nutritive value and now have disease-promoting additive chemicals. In the apple turnover, the once naturally-found food, the apple, has now crossed the line from being simply non-nutritious to actually becoming a disease-producing food (the white flour and high fructose corn syrup are major contributors to the development of diabetes; the hydrogenated oil is a known causal agent for heart disease and cancer).
On the contrary, other foods such as olive oil, almond milk, and whole grains can only be eaten after a certain amount or degree of processing. Then there are differing degrees to that processing. For example, a cold-pressed virgin (first press) olive oil is a much better food than heat-processed oil; fresh made almond milk versus store bought almond milk differs greatly in their ingredients and nutritional make up.
We are all part of the animal kingdom. Yes, God has made us different from other animals in many ways; but when it comes to how our bodies function physiologically, we are no different than other animals. Would you feed your pet dog, cat, bird, or rat chips, fries, soda pop, ice cream, cookies, crackers and expect them to be healthy? (By the way, Dr. Paul’s kids have pet rats – they feed them raw vegetables, nuts, and avocado trimmings/leftovers, etc.). Why not? It’s obvious, because the pet would get sick, right? But you say, “They’re animals!” Well, guess what? So are we!
It is so important that you understand this concept that we have to eat naturally for our bodies to be healthy. Our bodies are made up of between 70 – 100 trillion cells – and those cells will function according to the raw materials we provide. In other words, the health of our cells and therefore the health of our bodies is determined by the food we feed ourselves. YES, IT’S THAT SIMPLE! Perhaps no other single factor has contributed to the decline in man’s health than the (self-imposed) changes that have occurred to our food supply over the past 350 years. More