Without picking up the book, and just occasionally glancing at my notes, I'm going to share the gist of what I've taken away from my recent reading.
- Our glands and hormones need to be functioning properly in order to remineralize teeth and prevent further tooth decay. The main cause of gland and hormone imbalance is white sugar, too much sugar even natural sugar, or an imbalance of calcium and phosphorous.
- Our bodies must have the correct balance of calcium and phosphorous 2.5 to 1. Otherwise necessary minerals are pulled from our teeth.
- We need fat soluble Vitamin D (considered a hormone rather than a vitamin) in order to maintain healthy hormone levels, keep our glands healthy and to maintain the correct balance of calcium and phosphorous. Fat soluble Vitamin D is found in Shellfish, fish and the fatty parts of land animals including eggs, milk and organs. These animals should be eating fast growing grass.
- Our bodies need high amounts of fat soluble Vitamin A, also found in the highest quantities in animal fat and products high in animal fat such as; cod liver oil, animal liver, fish, grass fed raw milk products and eggs.
- Activator X, which is in the same foods that are high in Vitamin D and A, is essential for balancing the levels of calcium and phosphorous.
- Any foods containing sugar, including raw honey, or fresh fruit, change blood chemistry and cause tooth decay. The affects last three hours after eating any form of sugar and during that time calcium and phosphorous ratios fluctuate causing calcium to not be available for use by the body during that time.
- Grains, Nuts, Seeds and Legumes all contain high amounts of phytic acids and plant toxins. Phytic acids inhibit mineral absorption - especially iron. They also inhibit enzymes needed to digest food. These foods do contain high amounts of phosphorous but it is bound up as a phytate and is not absorbable. When these foods are soaked, sprouted and cooked, about half of the phytic acids are neutralized. Phytic acids and plant toxins are heaviest in the outside of the grain. So if you do insist on consuming grains, you should coursely grind the grain then sift out the hull and bran, then ferment what is left before cooking it. Which is the process that most cultures went through before consuming their grains. For this reason grains, nuts, seeds and legumes should be completely eliminated from the diet while one is trying to remineralize their teeth.
- If you are going to eat bread/starches, eat organic white flour sourdough bread that has been fermented 16 hrs. or more, white rice, or semolina flour products as the germ and bran have been removed.
- A NOTE ON OATS. Ramiel Nigel believes that because of the way rolled oats are heat processed, that no amount of soaking and cooking will reduce the amount of phytic acids and plant toxins in the oats. He strongly recommends avoiding oatmeal at all costs. This has been a big one for us. For the past few years we have consumed more and more oatmeal, soaking it overnight with yogurt and water, cooking it and then topping it with thawed wild blueberries, raspberries, pasture butter, goat milk/cream and a drizzle of our own raw honey. I love oats. Oatmeal, homemade granola bars, homemade granola, oatmeal cookies. I still have not come to terms with this information. But our recently purchased fifty pound bag of organic rolled oats has been booted from the house and is sitting on the front porch.
- Eat as few sweets as possible. Honey, maple syrup and real fruit are preferred. Agave nectar and processed Stevia are not recommended.
- Try to start out the day with savory foods, eat a big savory lunch, eat sweets if any, early in the afternoon and follow with a light savory dinner.
- Eliminate or significantly reduce all immune suppressants such as alcohol or coffee. Red wine or homemade beer, mead or cider being preferred above hard alcohol.
- Limit consumption of members of the nightshade family; potatoes, eggplant and tomatoes.
- Very Important to success of diet: Take two capsules or half a teaspoon of Fermented cod Liver Oil with High Vitamin Butter oil two to three times daily. Take 1/8tsp. skate liver oil twice daily. To meet fat soluble vitamin A and D requirements.
- Consume mineral rich bone broths on a regular basis, as well as fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi.
I am trying to compromise with the kid's meals. They are rebelling already at the loss of their oatmeal and the reduction of their fruit consumption, so they are on an every other day sweet breakfast schedule. A typical sweet breakfast would be a berry raw yogurt, raw egg smoothies with a sourdough berry muffin. On sweet breakfast mornings we are making sure not to have sweets for lunch and trying to skip fruit in the afternoons and the rest of the day as well. Alternate mornings are some form of eggs and vegetables or potatoes. On those days the kids get fruit and or raw yogurt with jam in the early afternoon. By limiting their sweets to once or no more than twice a day, their blood sugar level is only up for a part of the day and not all day.
One of the biggest challenges I'm having is feeding the kids without giving them sandwiches or bread. So, they are still getting some bread. But every time I give them a sandwich or slice of bread I feel conflicted about it. I have always thought of our fermented whole grain bread as a healthy nutritious food to put in our body. Now I wonder constantly how much of those nutrients we actually benefit from.
With the Paleo diet becoming so popular this past year I've found myself rolling my eyes more than once and thinking to myself that my family doesn't have grain or gluten issues. I have told myself, that most of our grain products are soaked, fermented and sprouted. I believed that we were neutralizing the majority of phytic acids and plant toxins, as I read in Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditons. I think that if we can remineralize our teeth. That we will add in small amounts of sourdough or sprouted grains. But certainly not with every meal
This year I grew very small patches of grains with the intention of cooking with them ourselves. I have still not processed them all the way. I don't have the patience for the cleaning and sorting. I realized though, that grains are not easy to process or cook properly, and have come to the conclusion that people truly were not meant to eat grains on the scale that we do now.
I've heard that this diet resembles the Whole 30 diet. Others have mentioned that it is similar to a Paleo diet. I have to say it is better than the Whole 30 in my mind as one is encouraged to eat lots of dairy as long as it is raw milk dairy. For me this diet makes the Paleo diet seem appealing, as I am missing tahini, hummus, lentil and bean soups, salads and spreads.
Today I found myself searching all the backs of the bags of tortilla chips looking for an ingredient list that didn't say stone ground (because I didn't want the whole corn), and did say processed with lime so they would be more digestable. However, the concession I made was that they were cooked in an unhealthy oil and were not organic or gmo free. The irony was not lost on me.
I think what is one of the most frustrating aspects of this issue of health and eating is that we thought we were eating and cooking healthy. I was going way out of my way to sprout and ferment and soak our grain products. And we had made those changes after reading a book on nutrition. It would be nice to do more research. For now we'll be monitoring our teeth and making close observations to how our bodies respond to this change in diet. I'll keep you posted.