My Grandparents never had a time when a food allergy prevented them from enjoying a meal. Food allergies wasn’t as common as it is with our children today.
Food allergies are on the rise in modern days. They are not only frustrating but also making life difficult for those who suffer from this modern epidemic, affecting our overall health, this is also further taxing to our medical system and our pockets.
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) states that, every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency ward. That’s more than 200,000 emergency room visits per year.
“America’s food allergy phenomenon is quite recent,” says nutritional educator Doug Ingoldsby. “Most of our grandparents never visited an emergency room or even a doctor’s office to treat a food allergy.”
Here are some reasons why our grandparents didn’t suffer from food allergies?
1) They ate seasonal, locally produced food
Eating seasonally and locally is good for your health. Eating seasonally simply means you eat foods that are “in season,” that are being grown and harvested at the time of the year when you buy and cook them. In the early 1900’s food directly came from farms and small markets, food was so fresh as no food preservatives were widely used. Their diets were nutrient dense because of the lack of processed food. Our grandparents enjoyed all the required nutrition from unprocessed foods. Babies in those days totally depended on natural breast milk.Today processed foods in general is the main cause that contributes to allergies for a number of different reasons. Most of the processed foods contain a large variety of food coloring, flavors, preservatives, and other additives can have a major impact.
2. No diet
Our grandparents never dieted but had a healthy metabolism. Their natural eating habits and seasonality of food prevented them from dieting or eating uncontrollably. Today obesity and overweight are very common and we all know about the negative effects of preservatives, stabilizers,additives, chemicals, food flavoring, food coloring and GMO found in modern food and still eat it.
3. Eating home cooked food
In the past, eating out was a luxury, this turned into a blessing in a healthy way. In those days meat came from animals that have never tasted antibiotics and were never treated with hormones. People have consumed home prepared meals from natural ingredients. Foods were mainly cooked at home using traditional methods, rather than manufactured in food production facilities and restaurants.
4. They ate mineral-rich bone broth
The animal organ meats which our grandparents consumed had high medicinal value as well as nutritional value. Their diet included bone broths and organ meats. The meat people consumed those days came from animals that were not treated with any kind of chemicals, infact chicken broth was a common cure for various health conditions.
5. Never visited doctors
Our grandparents ate whatever they want and lived upto 100 years. They never visited doctors, they trusted the body’s natural healing process a whole lot more than we do today. If they fell sick, they’ve rested and eaten more fruits, veggies, soups and broths. Their food was medicine, whether they realized it or not. The World Health Organization’s cancer agency reported that eating processed foods, hot dogs, ham and other processed meat can cause colorectal cancer, and eating red meat “probably” can cause cancer.
Our grandparents did not use computers, cell phones or gaming systems during those days. They spent lot of time outside the house playing, exploring new games, climbed the trees, ran in the fields and rode bikes, not motorbikes or cars! They were very active as they spent more time outdoors.
7. Avoiding water during meals
Drinking water during meals severely hampers your stomach’s digestive powers and causes insulin levels to fluctuate significantly. The best time to drink water is before and two hours after meals as this helps in absorption of nutrients, researchers have found.
No doubt diet and lifestyle have a great impact on our body and overall health. Every cell found in our body needs the adequate nutrients to function properly, and poor diet and lifestyle will ruin the functioning of each cell thus creating sensitivities to certain foods.
Researchers say that “Today we are addicted to the convenience of prepackaged foods,”. Food allergies may be an unpredictable byproduct of the many environmental factors listed above, which were largely unfamiliar just a couple of generations ago. At this rate one has to wonder what the future of eating looks like, as more and more toxins are introduced into our diet.
Why not give the 1930s diet a try and see what you think? Let us discover the healthy, delicious food of our ancestors. Now it the time to get back the skills of our great-grandmothers and become nourished. I too have changed my diet and lifestyle years ago and while the take might seem daunting, you can do it!
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