Friday Findings: Have Your Cake & Eat it Too!

Hey <<First Name>>!

Happy Friday and belated St. Patrick's day! I hope everyone that borderline excessively celebrated SPD had a not-so-dreadful morning.

It's my son, Charlie's first birthday today (that's him in his daycare project to the right) and like any birthday, he's going to get a cake. Now because we are a health conscious family with a child that has yet to consume processed sugar, grain, or vegetable oil, the last thing we want to do is bombard the little dude's body with foreign synthetic substances requiring a load of damage control.

Our friend and Physician, Dr. Aschmetat, recommended this book as a guide to Charlie's nutrition. It is an incredibly insightful resource backed by common sense, ancestral wisdom, and sound science. Not to mention, it contains a boatload of practical recipes, both modern and traditional.

My wife decided to take a stab at the "Birthday Bash without the Sugar Crash." The first attempt was not so successful, but promising as I had no problem shoveling a few mouth fulls.

Compare the healthy alternative above with conventional bakery cakes from the U.S. and U.K. below.

Not only do you likely have no idea what most of the stuff is in the two ingredient labels, but I bet many would have trouble simply pronouncing some of the words correctly! At least, the U.K. labels are much more transparent and informative in regard to food allergens.

This finding leads into future nutrition topics for Friday Findings. Is this birthday cake kosher to eat every day? Absolutely not. Will this cake significantly mitigate the amount of inflammation and stress caused by the body's detoxifying pathways having to work overtime? Yes.

Now don't get me wrong -- we occasionally eat crap food, and little Chuck is going to eat crap food one day, but not anytime soon. We're not some crazy, tree-hugging hippie parents (not that there's anything wrong with that) that unrealistically think that our boy will never eat a piece of candy. You've got to indulge in guilty pleasures every once in awhile -- that's one of Life's little luxuries. However, it should be exactly that: a luxury, not a daily habit.

An absolutely fascinating and educationally stimulating book that has changed my perception and respect for food is Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan. I went back through my Kindle highlights and one of the many quotes that stick out to me is:

"The latest generation of children has accumulated the epigenetic damage of at least three previous generations due to the lack of adequate nutrition along with the over-consumption of sugar and new artificial fats found in vegetable oil."

The quote above opens up a huge can of worms that is not appropriate for this post. But what I will say is that the top three things you should avoid in order to live healthier and thrive, not just survive is:

1. Sugar
2. Vegetable Oil
3. Refined Grains

You may have many questions (email me), and that's a good thing. I'll leave you with one more resource below. In addition to avoiding the three substances above, paying close attention to food quality is arguably just as important. Until next week!

Treating patients on a daily basis, I frequently address questions regarding nutrition, lifestyle, and "how do I now stay out of pain," questions. In our technology age, there's instant access to vast quantities -- not always quality -- of information, but so little time. Friday's Findings offers access to quality information, in small, weekly doses, so you can make the little changes that make a significant impact, without having to sift through all the mumbo-jumbo. I believe you'll find value. To maintain relevancy to you, please, email me with suggestions for future topics. Thank you and make today count, because it only happens once!

- RJ Burr, D.C.
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