My Guidelines for a Healthy Life

  • Get some mid-day sunshine without sunscreen but do not burn. Vitamin D from the sun is imperative, but there are many more benefits from sunlight at any time of day.
  • Eat mostly whole natural (without preservatives) foods and eat slowly.
  • Eat preferably pasture-fed organic meat, fish, seafood, poultry, offal and eggs. (Free range, high welfare is second best.)
  • Buy organic non-homogenised whole milk, raw is best. Use natural, preferably organic yogurt, cheeses, cream and soured cream.
  • Use only traditional fats and oils – the ones we have used for thousands of years and more – yellow butter, lard, duck and goose fat and other animal fats. The best vegetable oils to use are extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Don’t use seed oils.
  • Eat seasonal, mainly organic vegetables and fruit. Eat fermented foods sometimes.
  • Soaked or fermented grain products can be used moderately, eg. sourdough bread.
  •  Make stocks from bones for soups or gravies.
  • Drink mostly filtered water, herb teas or weak tea. One or two filter coffees daily are fine – excellent for anti-oxidants.
  • Use herbs, spices and natural Celtic/Himalayan salt for flavouring.
  • Use small amounts natural sweeteners occasionally, raw unpasteurised honey, maple syrup (pure organic) and a little stevia.
  • Glass, stainless steel, or quality enamel/stone are best for cooking pans.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Relax. Think in positives not negatives. Show and feel gratitude for what you have.
  • Walk and exercise moderately and regularly.
  • Use natural toiletries. Shower gel, shampoo and soap can be used occasionally but showering with plain water will do the job just as well!
  • Don’t use products that destroy bacteria unless someone is unwell. Washing and wiping, using water with a little natural washing up liquid is fine. Add a few drops of an anti-bacterial essential oil around the sick room. We need bacteria for our immunity. Don’t destroy them!
  • Spend time in natural surroundings as often as is practical. Walk barefoot outside frequently. This is good for lowering inflammation in the body as well as boosting our immune systems.
  • Enjoy your own company but enjoy the frequent company of others too. We need connection for health.

Foods other than those mentioned here, are unnecessary for your health, but life is for living and an occasional treat will not harm you. The foods you eat every day are the ones that will make a difference to your health – for the good or otherwise. An ice-cream on holiday, a piece of wedding cake, Christmas pudding – where would we be without them?

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