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.