Earlier this week I interviewed Gray Graham, lead author of Pottenger’s Prophecy: How Food Resets Genes for Wellness or Illness on Eat Well to Live Well with Kellie Hill. It was a fascinating conversation about how we can create optimal health and we can create disease depending on what we put into our mouths. But how, is always a bit complicated to explain. Although the science of nutrition is actually a young field, comparative to many other sciences, there is an emerging new science within the field of nutrition called epigenetics that is changing how people look at foods. Epigenetics is the science behind how the foods we eat switch genes on or off that can lead to either wellness or illness. The science itself has been called a new paradigm and the medicine of the future. Gray helped us identify the foods that launch our genes on a path toward illness or wellness. If you missed the show, listen here. Remember you can download the show as an mp3 and listen at your convenience.
During the show Gray mentioned his Ten Green-Gene Food Guidelines from the book and covered a few of them. When we went to commercial break he gave me permission to write all ten guidelines down for my members so you don’t have to purchase the book in order to get started. Membership really does have it’s privileges. Personally, I recommend the book, it is a mountain of great information. You can purchase it here. In fact, check out all my recommended reading here. Or read more about Pottenger’s Prophecy here. But, just in case you want to skip the purchase, here are his guidelines . . .
Green-Gene Food Guidelines Abbreviated
Green-Gene Food Guideline #1
Eat fresh whole food in its natural state as often as possible. Fresh whole foods contain a balanced proportion of macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) and micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and so on) on which our genes – and health – thrived.
Green-Gene Food Guideline #2
Eat a wide variety of foods. [We have a] limited number of fruits and vegetables most Americans consume today (even when you add popular French fries as vegetables. To give your epigenome the nutrients it needs to encourage health and healing, commit to consuming an abundance of varied fresh, whole foods each day.
Green-Gene Food Guideline #3
Select organic, grass-fed, free-range, local and sustainable foods whenever possible.
Green-Gene Food Guideline #4
Consume quality food with the proportion of protein, carbohydrates, and fats our genes adapted to over the millennia. Today’s industrialized diet drastically changes the original, naturally occurring proportions of the macronutrients of protein, carbohydrates, and fats in the food. This matters, because the imbalanced proportions of macronutients in a mostly processed, denatured diet create a formula for stressing our epigenome and producing ill-health.
Green-Gene Food Guideline #5
Choose only minimally processed oils and fats that have retained their naturally occurring proportion of nutrients.
Green-Gene Food Guideline #6
Choose plant and animal foods that have been grown or raised on sustainable and nutrient-rich soil. Just as our bodies need a balance of the 50-plus essential macro- and micronutrients to be healthy, the soil our food is grown on also needs complete nutrition. Nutrient-rich soil contains organic matter (hummus), it’s alive with organisms (worms, bacteria, etc.) that are breaking down hummus into usable nutrients for roots to absorb, it has a balance of trace minerals, and it is abundant in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous.
Green-Gene Food Guideline #7
Choose wild-caught fish from the least-polluted waters.
Green-Gene Food Guideline #8
Select, store, and prepare food in ways that preserve its nutrients. How you prepare your food has a big impact on its vitamin and minerals content , and in turn, on your health. The more food is exposed to oxygen, the faster it deteriorates (oxidizes) and loses its nutrient value.
Green-Gene Food Guideline #9
Drink clean water. When you turn on your faucet for drinking water, what might be in your tap water . . . besides water?
Green-Gene Food Guideline #10
Give regard to every aspect of the meal. Not only what you eat but also how, why – even with whom – you eat influences how food is metabolized and in turn, your health.