A few weeks ago, Chaya Feodus and I had a really fun, hour long chat for her show and podcast Pantry Paratus Radio.
We talked about a wide range of topics from why eating an all organic diet may improve your health but has little chance of giving you optimal health to my view on the proper place of grain based foods in the diet. We even talked about the hidden and frequently unknown health dangers of purchasing a new home or car and the many hidden chemicals in our environment that bathe us in toxicity 24/7 in most cases.
The great thing about a podcast is that you can download it onto your Ipod, phone or tablet to listen to while you are exercising or just relaxing in the backyard in a lawn chair. You can also listen while you are driving around if that is most convenient.
If you have a chance to listen, I hope you enjoy the interview! Click here to download for later.
Here’s a full list of the topics Chaya and I talked about:
-Asking the right health questions
-My background and how I got into blogging about health and wellness from designing financial computer systems
-Challenging your own bias to become a better researcher
-Keeping up with changing information trends
-Small organic companies being bought out by larger business interests who adopt that label and name brands do not mean what they used to mean
-Does eating organic equal being healthy?
-Research of Dr. Weston A. Price
-Sacred foods and why people of the South Sea Islands would risk their lives to hunt sharks in order to provide shark liver to pregnant women and children
-The fat soluble “activators”
-Modern phenomenon of caloric plenty and being malnourished
-Downsides of modern medicine masking the signals from your body when it is unhappy with the modern diet
-Eating for convenience and pleasure vice nutrition and vitality because we can
-Helping your kids grow up to embrace good decisions about their food because you cannot raise them in a bubble
-Talking more about traditional foods and what they are
-Why the vegan diet does not last more than a generation or two
-Examining information and “scientific studies” based on who funded them—try comparing that with history
-Research of Dr. Weston A. Price, if we did not have his research from that point in time (before the proliferation of modern foods and big ag, yet having photography to document the evidence), where would we be today? His research can never be recreated under those conditions
- My involvement with the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF)
-13th Annual International Wise Traditions conference on November 9th, in Santa Clara, CA. It already has a huge registered list of guests and great speakers lined up.
-Cooking as a means to an end for a healthy family (even if you do not like it)
-What I prefer to do instead of cook (that’s right – cooking is not my passion!)
-Shopping list from the WAPF
-“All Natural” does not always mean healthy, corn syrup is still “natural”
-How did I get into making traditional cooking videos?
-Mom vs. Fast Food (Dumping the drive-thru)
-In defense of grandparents and McDonalds: It may be that grandparents remember McDonalds when the burgers were all beef and the fries were cooked in tallow
-Hearing the straight story from a real foodie on grains. Are all grains the same? When you say bread, do you mean real bread from home ground flour or white shelf stable bread in a bag on the grocery store shelf.
-People will feel better after getting off of junk food for a few days because you are detoxifying yourself! But staying away from all grains forever is not a sure path to health.
-Some people may be better at eating grains than other people, but the human gut properly maintained can digest grains when traditionally prepared
-What is BPA?
-BPA (and its sister chemical BPS) is an estrogen-mimicking chemical compound derived from petroleum used in plastic that migrates into the body through food contact surfaces
-“We live in a chemical soup”
-Buy used stuff that has already “out gassed,” that new car smell is really formaldehyde.
-Getting off the treadmill of consumerism—people who are wealthy have a greater challenge to be healthy —this may surprise some people!
-What is my favorite fat, and how do I like it prepared?
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist