As food is so emotional these days (sigh), I would like to state my basic food philosophy right up front. This way you can choose to look through the site or not depending on what you are looking for and what you are interested in. I recommend a healthy, balanced, local, seasonal, plant-based wholefood diet – with Regular Intelligent Fasting®. This sounds like a mouthful (ha!) but in actual fact it is the simplest way to eat and the way we have eaten since time began. A diet rich in locally-grown vegetables (particularly green vegetables); fresh raw seasonal fruits; soaked and sprouted nuts and seeds; and a delicious variety of cooked and fermented wholegrains, vegetable seeds (quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth and millet), and legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans, dahls and the magical soybeans). I recommend regular days completely without food (as is appropriate). I recommend smart lifestyle and environmental changes. I have been primarily eating and living this way for most of the last 30 years (apart from when I got lazy — and I suffered for it).
Should you eat animal foods?
This is completely your own choice. I do not recommend it. However everyone is unique and everyone must choose exactly what they want to eat! If you are passionate and determined about eating animal foods and you want to remain healthy, your smart choice would be only adding a couple of meals a week with freshly caught oily fish and/or genuine, free-range eggs laid by ‘chickens living a healthy mobile life, under natural sunlight, eating grasses and bugs.’ Phew. Remember; the longest-lived cultures of the world, with the lowest rates of disease (Okinawa in Japan, Loma Linda in the USA, Abkhasia in Russia, Longevity Village Bapan in China, Costa Rica in North America, Sardinia in Italy, the Hunza in Pakistan, Ikaria in Greece, Nagano in Japan and Vilcabamba in South America), generally eat meat less than once a week (if at all). They are NOT radicals, raw vegans, low carb, high meat, high fat, Paleo, Keto, carnivore cave-people; they simply mostly eat a local, seasonal, plant-based wholefood diet. This is what I recommend also. Some of them eat small amounts of animal foods such as fish, eggs and/or goat’s milk, or meat for a special occasion, and some do not. We are very lucky. We don’t have a scarcity of food, we are in the incredible privileged position of being able to choose what we eat. Never take this for granted.
It’s your call so make it!
Remember, food is one of the great freedoms and most emotional subjects there is; it’s your call to eat what you choose. If you feel strongly you must do something different than what I recommend, then listen to what you feel in your gut is right for you, and do that. Keep up your passion and researching, and feel free to eat whatever you like!
Good things take time
The human body can only change so much in a day. Changing your behaviour is something that requires mental energy, willpower, attitude, and open mind, a ‘learning’ headspace and a willingness to change things even if it is uncomfortable or challenging. My recommendation is to introduce simple things each week that make a massive difference to your health. Focus very heavily initially on preparation because it takes time and work to change our diet, lifestyle and environment. It is not instant. I am interested in you living a long healthy life free of drugs and disease. Consider and understand the ‘why’, and implement small changes to your diet, your goals, your environment and your lifestyle; beginning with preparation.
Gaining exceptional health in our obesogenic world today takes intervention. Intervention takes real attitude, time and preparation, so I look at the shared human commonalities in getting well (diet, lifestyle and environment choices). This shows up the healthy and the not-so-healthy behaviours around this. Then focus on your goals and where you want to get to with your health. The bottom line I have found, is that everyone wants to avoid what I call D-D-DEAD: Drugs, Disability, Disease & Early Avoidable Death = D-D-DEAD.
To avoid D-D-DEAD, we often must navigate what I call ACID: Addiction, Cynicism, Intervention & Despair.
I also must admit to an addiction to creating acronyms…you might have noticed hahaha.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.