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The Reverse Food Pyramid – What if Our Food Pyramid Were Upside Down?

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I recently stumbled upon this Nutrient Dense Food Pyramid courtesy of Sandrine Hahn of Nourishing our Children that addresses where our priorities should be.  I love it.  And, I think our country would be a much healthier Nation if we were all to follow guidelines such as those in the picture above as well as the Weston A. Price Foundation's Healthy 4 Life dietary guidelines.

I think people often wonder why our Nation is suffering from obesity and why our children are diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.  Perhaps we should look at our Government's dietary guidelines.  What if they are wrong?  A critical article published in the journal Nutrition towards the end of 2010 addresses this very concern.  While it is quite long and not necessarily “light reading material” it is still interesting to read.  I am the first to admit that I am not a scientist.  But, I am a reader, researcher, and advocate for my own health and the health of my family.  Just like all mothers out there!


**Food Pyramid image:  Copyright 2012 by Sandrine Hahn on behalf of Nourishing Our Children. All Rights Reserved.**

Based on the picture above, how great would it be if we weren't afraid of animal fat?  I have read a lot of interesting information on the subject of saturated fat and I am glad that I am no longer afraid of butter.  Or whole milk.  Or cream.  I made the switch to real whole milk in 2010 and I don't have any added pounds.  I put butter on all of our vegetables, I scramble my eggs in bacon grease (when I have it) and I don't feel guilty about it.  The Weston A. Price Foundation is a great resource for information about Traditional Food as well and also has a bunch of research to comb through.

I think it will be really hard for the majority of Americans to switch to a more Traditional Diet.  I feel really lucky that I live in a country where I have the power to choose the food that I eat.  That being said, I still gag a little when I think of consuming organ meats.

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  1. Mmm, organ meats are so yummy! It’s great to eat them 1x/week if you can. Most organ meats are good when cut into small pieces and sauteed with bacon & onions.

  2. I just threw up a little in my mouth at the thought of organ meats, but butter and meat are pretty delicious in my opinion so I’ll have to check this out!

    1. I haven’t ventured into organ meats myself, yet. I do have a package of frozen chicken livers that I don’t know what to do with. I do know some people add ground organ meats to ground beef as a way to ‘hide’ it. I agree with you, butter and meat are delicious! /tm

  3. The new food pyramid provides a handy way to make sure your family gets the nutrition they need, no matter the pace of life. Let’s take a look at how easy it can be to ensure good nutrition. The food pyramid is divided into five major categories: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats. We’ll offer suggestions on working these essentials into the daily fare with nary a complaint…..

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  4. There are better alternatives: the new Healthy Eating Plate and the Healthy Eating Pyramid, both built by faculty members in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications. The Healthy Eating Plate fixes the flaws in USDA’s MyPlate, just as the Healthy Eating Pyramid rectifies the mistakes of the USDA’s food pyramids. Both the Healthy Eating Plate and the Healthy Eating Pyramid are based on the latest science about how our food, drink, and activity choices affect our health—and are unaffected by businesses and organizations with a stake in their messages.`.;*

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  5. The only issue that I have with the Harvard pyramid/plate is that they are still recommending vegetable oils and grains that are (at least here in the US) GM and not recommended by the nutritionally sound advise of many. Most meats are derived from sources that are fed GM feed. So, unless you can get only organic foods, you would be wise to take even Harvard’s advise with a grain of salt! While I like the format of the Reverse Pyramid, I would rearrange it slightly and do for myself – I put fruits and vegetables at the bottom, then meats, dairy/healthy (to me) fats, nuts/seeds, and finally grains at the top. I am fortunate that I am single and can purchase all organic or grow my own when the season is right.

  6. Are you aware that since Monsanto, DuPont and others have been GM’ing our foods/grains and “no body has complained” according to Supreme Court ruling, they have been allow to continue “patenting” seed and other plants. In the late 90’s/early 00’s…when we took our case before the Supreme Court to stop the patenting of plants (which by the way is against the US patent laws) they ruled in DuPont’s favor 6-2 (w/1 abstaining since she owned DuPont stock) that according to Clarence Thomas (previous Monsanto employee, which is 1 of the biggest GMO suppliers of grain and the chemicals to spray on them)…”nobody has complained for 16 years” and we don’t want to upset the “market” at this point. Meaning they didn’t want to upset the huge chemical companies billion dollar industry for the sake of food prices and/or our health! So this mindset has been going on in our court system and big industry for over 25 years! It’s going to be difficult to change the laws of this country (which allows GMO) since the Supreme Court basically made up a new law when they decided to go against existing law…unless we, the consumers, stop buying their products (which are in just about every kind of “boxed” item in the stores) and force them to think differently about how to make their billions!

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