Deep Nutrition illustrates how our ancestors used nourishment to sculpt their anatomy, engineering bodies of extraordinary health and beauty. The length of our limbs, the shape of our eyes, and the proper function of our organs are all gifts of our ancestor’s collective culinary wisdom.
Citing the foods of traditional cultures from the Ancient Egyptians and the Maasai to the Japanese and the French, the Shanahans identify four food categories all the world’s healthiest diets have in common, the Four Pillars of World Cuisine.
Using the latest research in physiology and genetics, Shanahan explains why your family’s health depends on eating these foods. In a world of competing nutritional ideologies, Deep Nutrition gives us the full picture, empowering us to take control of our destiny in ways we might never have imagined.
Deep Nutrition is an approved textbook for these health professionals and can be purchased using CEU monies. See the Numedix website for more information.
- Registered Dietitians
- Diet Technicians
- Certified Diabetes Educators
- Certified Athletic Trainers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers
- Licensed Educational Psychologists
- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors
One of my favorite passages in the book speaks to the importance of our ability to gauge beauty. Contrary to what we typically hear, the fascination for good-looking people is not a new phenomenon created by Hollywood. Nor is it about vanity. Rather, the instinct for beauty reflects a deep-seated, primal survival skill that has enabled us to reliably select the healthiest mates and pass on the healthiest genes to our offspring.
Unfortunately, the introduction of industrial food into our bodies has also impacted our genetic expression and, for reasons described in Chapters Two and Three, this means that optimal growth is now relatively more rare and precious than it was in the past.
Once we better appreciate how wandering from our ancestral nutritional path can affect us so powerfully, we can better appreciate the power of real food to set our bodies back on track.
Shanahan is science director of the LA Lakers PRO Nutrition program, consultant for Mark Sisson’s Primal BluePrint certification program, board certified Family Physician and author of the underground classic Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, and the easy-to-read executive summary of holistic nutrition, Food Rules: A Doctors Guide to Healthy Eating. She is also a Cornell trained genetic researcher with over two decades of clinical experience. Dr Shanahan became an advocate for healthy living when she began to observe dramatic changes in the bone structure, immune-system hyper-reactivity, and behavioral development across generations of patients in the same family.
Deep Nutrition describes how these changes in genetic health have resulted from changes to our eating habits. She ditches the Food Pyramid and outlines the original human diet based around common elements to all traditional diets, the 4 Pillars of World Cuisine. These are the four categories of foods that helped to make our ancestors strong and fit, but most of us today are lucky if we include one of the four. Food Rules provides a quick, how-to guide to expanding our diets, including new foods and adapting new habits to create a powerfully healthy lifestyle.
Authors: Catherine Shanahan, Luke Shanahan
Year of Release: 2008