“It is one of the miracles of science and hygiene that the germs that used to be in our food have been replaced by poisons.”
When my daughter was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the nutritionist at the hospital where we went for her endocrinology care was giving us “nutritional handouts” right and left. There were ones sponsored by the Canola Industry telling us to feed her canola-based margarines (see “Fats and Oils” section below for more on this genetically modified seed oil) rather than good saturated fats like coconut oil and butter and ghee;fliers sponsored by the Soy Council of America telling us to feed her lots of processed soy foods rather than meat;we even got a pamphlet telling us to feed our 2 and 1/2-year old daughter Splenda (sucralose–see more about this in “Sweeteners,” below). They also told us that sugar was fine, that we’d just have to bolus her more insulin for it. Once the initial shock of her diagnosis wore off, big red flags started going up for me, and I started researching, seeking out books, articles, studies, web sites, etc., written by scientists, doctors, nutritionists and parents who had no conflicts of interest with the subject matter. It’s hard to find this stuff, but it’s out there**, and there is a growing movement of people who want to know what is in their food and where it comes from (witness the rapidly growing Raw Milk movement–people in all states are finding ways to get around those ridiculous laws!). As this country gets sicker and fatter, people are getting fed up (no pun intended!) with listening to the Big Food-and-Pharma-backed government and media spin on what they should be eating. More and more people are seeking out alternative sources of information the way I have. What you’ll find on this page is lists of the basics I’ve discovered, that I was never told, about nutrition, and lists of foods my family eats and why we eat them. (For lists of websites and books, etc., for those interested in doing more research of their own, check out the “Related Readings” page of this blog.) This page will be constantly evolving, probably a bit of a jumble for a while, and I may eventually turn it into 2 pages (“Food” and “Nutrition” separately), but for now it will be on one page, so I’ll at least get something up in the few minutes a week I have to do this. I guess for now I’m just going to list things alphabetically (or as close to that as I can manage)…
**For one good place to start checking out, a non-profit that has no financial ties to any industry, go to westonaprice.org. I highly recommend them, their newsletter and their site.
Coming soon (and in the meantime some links to articles on these subjects, some of them amusing, all of them informative):
*I promise I will get more links up for this page as soon as possible–hopefully this week. I’ve just started partially homeschooling my daughter (a long story, having to do with the district not helping supply us with a para-professional for her classroom), so I’m a bit overwhelmed timewise. please bear with me!