Introduction

This book describes the diet to end all diets.
The truth is, there really are a lot of good diets out there. You’re already familiar with some of them: the Okinawan, the Mediterranean, and the French—who “paradoxically” live long, healthy lives though their foods are so heavy and rich.

Getting healthy, really healthy, and staying healthy can be easy. Avoiding cancer and dependence on medications, staving off heart disease, keeping a razor sharp mind well into advanced years, and even having healthy, beautiful children are all aspects of the human experience that can be, and should be, under your control. You can live better, and it doesn’t have to be that difficult. You just have to be armed with the right information.

One - Reclaiming Your Health - The Origins of Deep Nutrition

This book will describe the common rules that link all successful diets. We call them the Four Pillars of World Cuisine.

Epigenetics helps us understand that the genome is more like a dynamic, living being—growing, learning, and adapting constantly.

If you need glasses or get cancer or age faster than you should, you very well may have perfectly normal genes. What’s gone wrong is how they function, what scientists call genetic expression. Just as we can get sick when we don’t take care of ourselves, it turns out, so can our genes.

Your Diet Changes How Your Genes Work

Epigenetic researchers study how our own genes react to our behavior, and they’ve found that just about everything we eat, think, breathe, or do can, directly or indirectly, trickle down to touch the gene and affect its performance in some way.
These effects are carried forward into the next generation where they can be magnified.
You are what you eat. Not only does what we eat affect us down to the level of our genes, our physiques have been sculpted, in part, by the foods our parents and grandparents ate.

We control the health of our genes.
The concept of gene health is simple. Genes work fine until disturbed.
toxins and nutrient imbalances. Toxins are harmful compounds we may eat, drink, or breathe into our bodies, or even manufacture internally when we experience undue stress. Nutrient imbalances are usually due to deficiencies, missing vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, or other raw materials required to run our cells.
you do have control over what may be the most powerful class of gene regulating factors: food.

A Holistic Perspective of Food

No matter what kind of genes you were born with, I know that eating right can help reprogram them, immunizing you against cancer, premature aging and dementia, enabling you to control your metabolism, your moods, your weight.

Who Am I?

In many ways, it was my own unhealthy genes that inspired me to go to medical school and, later, to write this book.

What Our Ancestors Knew That Your Doctor Doesn’t

to understand what all traditions have in common. We identified four universal elements, each of which represent a distinct set of ingredients along with the cooking that maximize the nutrition delivered to our cells.
The reason that so many of us have health problems today is that we no longer eat in accordance with any culinary tradition.

Genetic Health and Wealth

My own father grew up drinking powdered milk and ate margarine on Wonderbread every day at lunch.
Because they had inherited genetic wealth from their parents, my parents never had significant soft tissue problems in spite of these shortcomings. But those suboptimal diets did take a toll on their genes. Much of the genetic wealth of my family line had been squandered by the time I was born.

Deep Nutrition

Only the most complete diets, however, can provide health generation after generation.
Diet books that adopt this long-term philosophy such as Paleodiet, Evolution Diet, and Health Secrets of The Stone Age have been incredibly successful partly by virtue of the philosophy itself, which has intuitive appeal.

Fortunately, we don’t have to rely on prehistory or educated guesses. There is a much richer, living source of information available to us. It’s called cuisine.
It’s the combination of ingredients and skills that enable families in even the poorest farming communities around the world to create fantastic meals, meals that would be fit for a king.

the Four Pillars of Authentic Cuisine. We need to eat them as often as we can, preferably daily. They are as follows: I: meat cooked on the bone; II: organs and offal (what Bourdain calls “the nasty bits”); III: fresh (raw) plant and animal products; and IV: better than fresh—fermented and sprouted. These categories have proved to be essential by virtue of their ubiquitousness. In almost every country other than ours people eat them every day.