This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : Grade Three
There is a polarity between generally applicable advice, and more individualized recommendations. Grade three in the Heilkunst process brings us back to some more generalized considerations for nutrition. This is not a complete list, but will give you some good general indications about some of the most common foods and food groups which are better avoided or at least minimized in your diet:
- Soy products – Soy is one of those foods which has a tremendous industry and marketing effort behind it, but which is actually not particularly healthy for us to eat. The widespread adoption of soy products, including soy milk, tofu, and other meat-substitute products falls more under the category of “anti-nutition”. The only exception to this rule are any soy foods which have been produced through a process of fermentation, which includes tamari (or soy sauce), and tempeh, which you’ll usually find in the freezer section of your health food store.
- Grains – For some similar reasons to soy, grains should generally be considered to be “anti-nutrition”. I’m not just talking about refined white flour products, but ALL grains, including whole wheat breads, rice, pastas, and all baked goods. The modern grains have generally been highly altered in terms of their genetic identity, and do not provide much nutrition at all. In fact, it is the consumption of grains (and sugars) which are the primary culprit behind issues of high cholesterol and heart disease, and NOT the consumption of saturated fats and animal proteins. Just like soy, the act of sprouting a grain first does mitigate most of its anti-nutrition factors, but even then is still best used in minimal proportions in your diet.
- Pasteurized dairy – Raw, unpasteurized milk is one of the most wholesome and nutritious foods in nature. Commercial dairy, however, has all been pasteurized, which means that it is another main item in the category of “anti-nutrition”. The act of raising the milk to the high temperature required for pasteurization effectively kills all of the active enzymes in the milk, as well as de-naturing the basic protein structure.
There are other so-called “foods” which could go on this list, but I wanted to highlight these three which have become so central to our modern diet, and which have been effectively propagandized into the false belief that they are part of a healthy and nutritious diet.