Within the HumanaNatura approach to natural health and HumanaNatura’s OurPlate optimal eating model, there is an option for a slightly more refined form of Natural Eating we would like to share with you. The approach, which we will call staying low, offers a number of important benefits that many of us can and may want to make use of – importantly, as long as we do not have a fish or shellfish allergy.
As discussed in the Natural Eating section of HumanaNatura’s Personal Health Program, the practice of staying low involves getting more or most of our proteins from low in the marine food chain, via small fish and shellfish. It also involves avoid large or mature fish, and perhaps abstaining from the eating of land animals more generally. Notably, however, the approach does not preclude our getting proteins from nuts and seeds, and potentially from eggs and yogurts as well.
This strategy of staying low approach within HumanaNatura’s health technique of Natural Eating has a significant number of benefits. These include:
> High quality proteins and fats – small fish and shellfish are among the healthiest proteins we can eat, are often rich in health-promoting oils, and generally have much lower levels of metals than larger fish
> Low in carbohydrates and lectins – these are two important goals in eating more naturally the HumanaNatura way, and our emphasis of a science-refined modern diet based on earlier hunter-gatherer human eating patterns
> More ecologically efficient and sustainable – these crucial benefits owe to the fact that each increasing level in the marine food chain, as in non-marine food chains, involves a significant loss in resulting food yields (often roughly a 90 percent efficiency loss per level)
> Can be free of annual plant feeds & thus soil-friendly – another important benefit of both staying low and HumanaNatura’s overall approach to eating is that it eliminates annual staple plants, in our diets and in those of the animals we eat, greatly reducing soil loss and impairment, and fostering far more ecologically healthy forms of agriculture (see our post Earth, Wind & Fire for an overview)
> Reduced animal suffering – when we stay low, and especially when it includes the avoidance of land-based animals in our diet, this of course also greatly reduces animal suffering during growth and harvesting, since our animal foods come from simpler and less sentient sources (estimable by animal brain size)
To show what staying low might look like in practice for you, our featured HumanaNatura salad meal begins with cooked shrimp – in this case the pre-cooked and frozen variety from our local supermarket, which was thawed and then pan-warmed in a bit of olive oil with pepper, parsley, and spiced paprika.
This low-in-the-food-chain protein is then combined with a salad base of chopped romaine lettuce and a veggie mix that includes diced cucumbers, avocado pieces, and whole grape tomatoes. Before serving, the salad is dressed and garnished with Mediterranean seasoning, lemon, pepper, and shredded cheese. Fast, delicious, and extra healthy, as always, when we prepare our meals the HumanaNatura way – and perhaps even especially so when we practice staying low in our protein choices.
Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple eating guide and rating tool for optimal meal quality. And experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.
Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong, and lifewide, health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.
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