We do not believe in a one size fits all approach to food. We also recognize that the science of healthy eating is continually evolving. However, there are a few simple guideposts (that is, generally move in this direction) that we have developed to guide our own eating based on our research, experience, and conversations with medical professionals.
Guidepost 1: Prioritize nutritionally whole and fresh foods–retaining the fiber and nutritional benefit through flash freezing, home canning, and garden fresh produce–where possible (peels, seeds, etc. included).
Guidepost 2: Emphasize vegetables first. Fungi and legumes second. Whole grains third. Lean meats and fish fourth. Berries and other fruit fifth. [Making adjustments for medical and ethical dietary requirements as necessary.]
Guidepost 3: Maintain a balance of raw and cooked ingredients to receive the nutritional and digestive benefits of both.
Guidepost 4: Diversity is key! Include as wide a variety of whole, fresh foods as you have access to on a regular basis. If eating the same foods regularly is beneficial for your budget, personality, or mental health, establish a weekly or seasonal rotation to ensure nutritional balance throughout the year.
Guidepost 5: There is never shame in eating what you can afford and what is available to you.