If you’ve followed this website for any length of time, you probably noticed I don’t do a lot of posting. It’s not that I don’t like to help you stay up to date on the latest nutrition news. It’s that I always prefer to put diet information into its larger context to tell the whole story. When Luke and I set out to write the first edition of Deep Nutrition, that’s exactly what we hoped to do.
When a major publisher expressed interest in re-releasing Deep Nutrition, that was very exciting because it gave me an opportunity to put all the science around nutrition that’s come out since the original was published into the context of that larger story, to grow the story into an even bigger and better narrative.
Our incredibly brilliant editor also had a very good point: Deep Nutrition is still the only book to describe an optimal Human Diet, one that all people around the globe shared in common–until the very recent past.
I’m very proud of this new version of Deep Nutrition. Today, the web offers many more resources for folks interested in how to use nutrition to optimize their health than I could have envisioned in 2009, and many fantastic books have been printed, but there is still no other source of information that puts so much into context in one continuous narrative. The new edition contains 487 pages with 658 citations drawing from a vast variety of scientific disciplines, dipping deep into past history and far across the geography of the globe, and considering science from the tiniest subatomic particles to the ecosystems of the Earth.
All of that evidence exists to support one point: you can optimize your health by connecting your body to nature using food, in the same way our ancestors did. The best instructions for doing that come from the culinary arts, which, when you consider that traditional cooking is a body of knowledge that has been build up generation after generation and carefully passed down, you’ll quickly appreciate that old fashioned cooking techniques represent a vast body of knowledge around optimizing nutrition.
Doctors and dietitians don’t tend to acknowledge that traditional cooking is a science that they can use to help their patients health. So when the government told us all to stop eating saturated fat, we didn’t have a clue that doing this is actually a very bad idea that flies in the face of all the best scientific information around nutrition. And as I argue in my opening chapter, this one instruction–avoid saturated fats–drastically changed our relationship with food and set the stage for selling a diet that would make us sick not only as individuals but also potentially impair the health of future generation.
To write the original Deep Nutrition we analyzed what all traditional cuisines have in common so that we could explain how you can most easily and accurately reproduce an optimal human diet for yourself. This edition contains a detailed plan that walks you through the meal planning and shopping in an organized way that anyone can follow.
I admit that we do make some fairly controversial claims and I can’t guarantee you will agree with every last point. But I can guarantee that you will enjoy reading our book, thanks to my co-author’s writing style. I can also guarantee if you read it you will come away with new ideas that will change the way you understand health, and that you can put to practical use to change your family’s health for the better.