Sunday, May 17, 2020

Tip#1196: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 2 – COVID-19 - The Hundred-Foot Journey

This is Day 63 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing/self-isolation here in Toronto, Canada

I’ve had a delicious, life changing week with the discovery of a diet that I am so excited about! First I must say that, at first, I was feeling a bit down because recently I was suppose to be at the Vermont Restaurant Week. Of course this event was cancelled weeks ago and the Canada/US border was closed but I’d been yearning to return because the farm fresh foods had affected me so deeply. It was like my body telling me I needed more of these life-affirming foods!

My discovery this week had to do with an amazing 1930’s studies by dentist Dr. Weston A. Price of 11 isolated groups of people, tribes and cultures from 14 countries around the world. He found they all had near perfect teeth with almost no cavities and were resilient to the diseases of the time like tuberculosis. He learned that despite their varied diets they were able to extract specific vitamins and minerals from their nutrient-dense foods that led to their astounding physical and mental health for young and old.

List of Physically Isolated Groups of People (primitive races & cultures): 
1. Remote villages in Switzerland
2. Gaelic communities, Outer Hebrides
3. Eskimos
4. North America Indians/Indigenous (USA & Canada)
5. Melanesians, South Sea Islanders
6. Polynesian, South Sea Islanders
7. African tribes
8. Australian Aborigines
9. Torres Strait Islanders
10. New Zealand Maori
11. Peruvian Indians

Dr. Price published his findings in a book called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and while I read several essays online about it I discovered a fantastic lecture on YouTube by Sally Fallon Morell who carried on Dr. Price’s research in her book, Nourishing Traditions. Her two-hour lecture fired up my imagination and passion and I began making a list of nutrient-dense foods to start eating and also to share with my mom. I'll also share more details over time on this blog and with my online communities on social media. Join me: Instagram

Here are 3 links I highly recommend:
Nourishing Traditional Diets Lecture by Sally Fallon - 120min. video
Dr. Weston Price - Nutrition & Physical Degeneration 3min. video
Excellent Overview: Timeless Principles of Healthy Traditional Diets

Nutrient-Dense Foods I've added to my diet so far: 
• Cod Liver Oil from Norway
• Sourdough bread with authentic wild yeast recipe
• Free-run eggs (not Free-range yet)
• Grass-fed butter
• Cheese (raw, unpasteurized)
• Organ meats: chicken liver, cod liver, goose liver
• Sauerkraut (raw, unpasteurized)

My mornings now start with a toasted slice of authentic sourdough bread, grass fed butter with 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil. Deeelicious and nutritious!

These farm fresh foods reminded me of the many foodie scenes from the film The Hundred-Foot Journey where the characters were finding foods in the forest and shopping at a farmer’s market in a French village. So I re-watched this wonderful movie for further motivation in following this exciting new nutritional lifestyle!

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The romantic comedy drama film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, is about a battle between two restaurants in a southern France village: an East Indian family business and a French Michelin-starred restaurant. This highly entertaining movie is overflowing with delicious food scenes, beautiful, country vistas and wonderful performances by the enire cast that includes Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon.
Watch: movie trailer
Watch/Rent or Buy now: Amazon Prime Video

Every foodie needs to see this film and it is also on my Top 12 Movies for Foodies list! There are so many scenes that lovingly photograph the passion of cooking for both East Indian and French cuisines. It also explores the importance of country fresh foods that are discussed by the lead characters.

The story also celebrates the resilience of the Kadam family fleeing their restaurant in Mumbai and facing further adversities when they rebuild a new restaurant in a village in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. You also see the passion, determination, courage, confidence, perseverance and indestructible optimism of the second-oldest son, Hassan Haji (Manish Dayal) to become a Michelin star chef. Despite his many challenges, Hassan eventually discovers his own recipe for resilience with the help of the supportive people and family around him.

So what is your recipe for resilience? Whatever the ingredients are make sure you are nourishing your mind and body with delicious, nutritious foods. And to feed your positivity, make sure you watch your favourite films when you are feeling lost or alone. Finally, surround yourself with family and friends who love and support you. Film, food and friends = The coolest recipe for the soul!

Related Tips:
Tip#1102: Top 12 Movies For Foodies!
Tip#1195: Be Resilient & Confident, Part 2 - The Riddick Movie Trilogy
Tip#1191: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips

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