What is the difference between what we eat now and what our ancestors used to eat ?
THIS IS WHAT YOU mostly FIND AT THE SUPERMARKET in big colorful cardboard expensively labelled boxes :
Very natural, very frugal, made from old cereal crops (spelt, rye, barley) which was often completed and foremost for economical reasons, with the wild gathering of beechnuts, chestnuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts, fresh local wild fruit and dried fruit (prunes, raisins, figs) small wild game, fish from local rivers and herbs, berries, barks, wild roots gathered throughout the seasons.
Out of ignorance and hygiene, they sometimes lacked vitamins, especially during famines or long winters.
It is precisely because of the famine that creativity and culinary discoveries were long preserved in families, mainly from mother to daughter.
Among the keepers of popular wisdom, one could find cunning folk, shepherds, local monasteries and midwives.
All this was partialy abandoned during the industrial era, especially since the chemical industry has found a new financial interest in agriculture .... To our great misfortune.
The food industry is the biggest disaster of this century, under the guise of "abundance", "conservation and hygiene"
the pill we swallow daily becomes increasingly bitter.
I do not mean to diminish the great importance of food hygiene which should be taught in schools again, as it was the case when I was in grammar school...
But...how can we talk about abundance when we daily have to face the stinging injustice of disparity supply between North and South?
In our Western world, we live in an artificial bubble which still protects us, but will sooner or later explode in our face.
In terms of dietary advice, we hear everything and its opposite, according to the medical fads and trends.
Excess of information kills information.
THIS IS WHAT MOTHER NATURE GIVES US:
It is with peace of mind that I can tell you all this : what the best American, English, French specialists in Human Nutrition say is plain good everday sense.
My own father, as a retired general practitioner, followed a specialized diet to prevent osteoarthritis of both knees, after reading a medical book ( Dr Seignalet) that I had recommended. He avoided prosthesis surgery which he particularly feared, knowing too well its dangers !
I will stay here deliberately simple: my goal is for you to understand the enormous importance of a diversified , local, seasonal, natural, wild and frugal diet .
diversified : balance of essential nutrients is ensured.
local : an citizen duty who, in addition to support the local farmers, prevents greenhouse effect of gas emissions.
seasonal : Nature has done things well : at the right time grows what we most need.
natural : the least processed possible, therefore cheaper and less tampered with, because you know what you are buying!
wild : learning to glean as did the shepherds, you add to your diet a considerable amount of phyto-nutrients and vitamins and chlorophyll, you learn to enjoy the scenery and the wonderful diversity of the plant world. You' ll save money not needing to buy very expensive dietary supplements.
frugal : with the benefit of a comely silhouette, this guarantees you a long healthy life.