Kick the Supermarket Habit! 10 Tips for Identifying Nutritious, Life-Giving Foods

Tip #10 – Ignore the food pyramid… and the “My Plate”

Let’s take a look at the role of the USDA in this mess we’re in.  Why does it continue to recommend Dietary Guidelines that make people obese, sick, and sterile? Adele Hite from the Healthy Nation Coalition said that “our dietary recommendations have been based as much on politics as on science. The first set of dietary goals was written by political staffers, not scientists or nutritionists.” She explained that “the USDA creates the policies that control nearly every aspect of our food environment. Its primary mandate is to increase consumer demand for US agricultural products. The primary promotional tool for US food products is the Dietary Guidelines”.

She goes on to say that when patients in her clinic ate foods that the USDA had been telling them not to eat – eggs, broccoli with butter, greens with fatback, and even the occasional steak – they felt better, lost weight, and got healthier!

The same week that the USDA released their new dietary guidelines, the Weston A. Price Foundation held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. In their statements, the Weston A. Price Foundation and five scientists reacted to the guidelines saying that the recommendations are not based on science.

Morton Satin of the Salt Institute said he was concerned that the Dietary Guidelines “may have negative unintended health consequences.” He said, “As a food scientist, I base this assertion not on opinion or ideology, or because my employer, the Salt Institute, represents the salt industry. I base my concern upon peer-reviewed medical literature that for some reason never made it into the Dietary Guidelines.”

Peter Farnham of the Nutrition and Metabolism Society spoke about how the Society has reviewed the USDA guidelines and finds them to be “unclear and overly long, but worst of all, the recommendations are not in accordance with the evidence.”

Registered Dietician Pam Schoenfeld told about how she discovered the information taught by the Weston A. Price Foundation while researching “soy” on the internet. She said, “My first reaction was that it was contrary to everything I had learned and everything that I was hearing in the media.” She did an in-depth investigation to find out if science could back up what the Foundation teaches. “The more I read,” she said, “the more I realized that the weight of the evidence supported the fact that animal products, including the fats, are vital for human health, along with other principles that the Weston A. Price Foundation teaches. I believe that the research literature now even more strongly supports Weston A. Price Foundation principles.”

Dr. James Carlson had much to report on his clinical experience with the health hazards of the USDA’s low-fat high-carb diet.

Then the Weston A. Price Foundation took it a step further by introducing their own dietary guidelines, called “Healthy 4 Life”, based on science, traditional wisdom and common sense. It is available as a free download from their website at this link, or in hard copy for $10.

Where do you find these foods? Either raise it yourself if you can, or buy it from your local farmer. Join a buying club or sign up for a CSA program. Join a raw milk cow share. Get to know the people who supply you with life-giving nutrition.

I hope you have enjoyed these 10 tips and will use them for your food procurement. I hope you have gained some new insights that will stimulate discussion and further investigation. May it also inspire you to take action, moving ever closer to the robust health and wellness that you were born to enjoy.

My next article will be the story of how someone in my family returned to health by adjusting their diet.

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About Susan Blasko

Susan Blasko is the DC area and Northern Virginia marketing representative for Polyface. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication at the University of Pittsburgh, and completed the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at Georgetown University. She discovered real food when her good friend gave her a copy of Sally Fallon’s “Nourishing Traditions”. She went “cold turkey”, and hasn’t purchased food in a supermarket since 2008. Susan considers farmers to be her closest allies in procuring produce grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and meats from animals raised the way nature intended – on the pasture, and in the sun. Now a Board Certified Nutritional Therapist, Susan maintains a small private practice, helping her clients to reclaim their well being by guiding them in their quest for safe, nutrient dense, sustainably raised foods. She teaches food preparation techniques that increase nutrient bioavailability and enhance nature’s best flavors. She believes that by forming relationships with life-giving processes, we become better stewards of our bodies and of our planet. She encourages partnering with nature to honor and nurture the mysterious property that makes food alive and gives us life!

One Response to Kick the Supermarket Habit! 10 Tips for Identifying Nutritious, Life-Giving Foods

  1. Sally Laegeler says:

    I KNOW you all are really busy ladies, but I miss the more regular posts. Love to you all and all you do. Our extended family with grandchildren and all, were fortunate enough to get a tour by Joel in August a few years ago. It is so nice to see what’s going on and what’s new on the farms.