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I’ve always been a francophile, especially when it comes to food. I haven’t cooked as much as I wanted to of it lately, catering to needs, schedules and little boy’s picky choices, but always dream of boeuf bourgignon dinner parties with crusty bread and conversation.
So when I saw French food being highlighted as being true to the ancestral recipes and food choices, it made me proud of my tiny slice of French heritage.
But first, the book.
My First Thoughts
I admit, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I opened the covers of this book.
It’s a little daunting when you see the size, but its digestible. Much like the foods they are taking about, which humans lived on for millennia before burgers came along. It can be heavy, as you realize the choices you made when you were pregnant and before have already affected your children, how your mothers food choices affected them as well. it’s something that, with modern medicine you may not worry about. There’s always a treatment – but how to avoid it all together is another thing.
It’s no secret the Standard American Diet wreaks havoc, but there are many examples within this book that reminds of other examples already seem – grandparents living into their 90’s, farm and vegetable fed, which the youngest generation struggles with heath issues far too early. It happens here in the US and abroad, as the onset of modern food access spreads.
About Deep Nutrition
(affiliate link) With Deep Nutrition, the author describes the ‘four pillars’ of the human diet – fresh food, fermented and sprouted foods, meat cooked on the bone, and organ meats.
Very different than the standard fare seen more and more.
It makes me think about barbecuing, how my husband loves to do ribs, slow cooked. Cooking can be primal and delicious, just as my beloved French food is purposeful and rustic at the same time.
Eating fresh foods, sprouted and fermented foods, meats cooked on the bone and organ meats give a wide balance of nutrition, vitamins and minerals. It’s not about food and calories but actual nutrition, past macro nutrients into micro nutrients and how thy are processed in the body.
. I see more ladies considering B12 in my Facebook timeline. One of the highest sources of B12 in food is actually liver – something never learned to cook, and I don’t believe my parents really ate either.
For this book, it’s worth a read if you’re planning on having a family, or even if you’re not. It’s ideas on lifestyle choices like avoiding vegetable oil, for both partner’s fertility and health, and more. It’s scary to think about how many people’s infertility could, maybe, have come from the cooking choices their parents made.
The author, however, points out symmetry and looks in regard to beauty. Health is a component of beauty, regardless of your bones structure. In today’s society with the mix of genes, I think that traditional eating will not make symmetrical features, enhance beauty, etc. in future generations. Potential for less birth defects? Possibly.
Takeaways from Deep Nutrition
My biggest takeaway is that what goes in affects you at the cellular level, a fact that is more and more important as research finds more problems with food supply and possible chemicals.
One easy tip is avoiding vegetable oil, which I already use very little of. It’s NOT a healthy fat by far, same as all of those poor people that started using margarine instead of butter to help with their cholesterol.
Another is using bones in your cooking, from roasting half-breasts and red meat on the bone and more. Bone broth is a hot trend that I’m sure won’t go away soon – it’s really just a re-emergence of older traditions. I love it when that happens, and hope that food trends continue to bring out more of the older recipes.
Fermented foods for me means focusing on probiotics, including yogurt. I’m not a fan of kimchi and sauerkraut, but maybe we can find a hack to bring something like that in a little.