I completely agree with Drew Ramsey in everything he says about eating ones food in as natural state as one can get it. I am very fortunate to be married to a man with green fingers, who loves growing vegetables and fruit. Every summer we eat for about five months, fresh food from the garden, organically grown and picked and eaten immediately. Our soil is very nutrient rich, and my husband makes sure that he composts everything he can, to put back into the soil what has been taken out. The benefit to our feeling of well being is almost immediate. I always feel that by the end of summer we have built up reserves of energy, and immune systems, to be able to face what can often be a long and hard winter.
I also know how I felt when I finally came off a completely wrong diet that caused me to have severe cluster migraine, and eventually a heart attack when I was 52 years of age. Mood swings, irascibility, depression (not clinical, more a case of feeling low) loss of focus and inability to concentrate etc. When I finally changed my diet, after the heart attack, once I regained my health and started on a fitness program, I couldn’t believe the difference it made to my complete feeling of well being. I have to also say that by this time I had become a committed Christian, and found the joy of firing on all three cylinders, body mind and spirit. Everything was working together for the greatest good, and I can’t say ‘Thank You enough to my Heavenly Father and Jesus.
“But when I meet new patients, I know that the way most of them eat — the typical American diet of sugars, refined carbohydrates and industrial vegetable fats — does no favors for their mental health. The nation’s epidemic levels of obesity and …”
I also agree with what Drew Ramsey says about fats versus trans fatty acids. You see after my heart attack I was encouraged to go on the Pritikin Diet, which virtually says all fats are bad for you. So I managed to remove at least 90% fat out of my diet, and it did have quite a severe effect on my health, but slowly, so I didn’t really understand what was happening.
Then I read that someone disagreed with the Pritikin Diet, and advised people to put oily fish into their diet, which I did, and noticed good results almost immediately. However it still isn’t the full story, only now are people differentiating between trans fatty acids – food that is baked, like pastry or biscuits, and food that is fried in bread crumbs or batter – and healthy saturated fats and poly and mono unsaturated fats. Nowadays I don’t stick to a rigid plan of eating, just try and eat sensibly, with as many fresh foods, greens and fruits, nuts and seeds and fish, poultry and meat as I am able.