Old is the New, New by Zarmeen Patil, M.S. Biochemistry + Organic Chemistry Wellness and Food Scienc

Denis Burkit, an English doctor stationed in Africa during World War II said, “The only way we are going to reduce disease, is to go backwards to the diet and lifestyle of our ancestors”. And so today, my friends, I will tell you what I tell most of my clients: Things you already know and need reminding. I will send you the same message 10 different ways, some straight out of my head and other’s borrowed from a great food journalist of our time, Michael Pollan.

  • Food takes up space in your body. You cannot put 2 things in one space. So decide what you want to fill your spaces with.

  • Food choices are usually black or white: Good for you, Bad for you. No grey area or in-betweens.

  • Don’t eat anything your great grandmother will not recognize as food.

  • Eat food. Not food like substances.

  • Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature (this one is my favorite)

  • Eat some foods that have been pre-digested by fungi or bacteria.

  • Milk is a food, Not a beverage. If we milked our own cows I can bet we’d ration our dairy products far better than we do now.

  • Eat single ingredient foods often – broccoli, almonds, apples … get the picture?

  • If you must eat processed foods, try to eat products with 5 or less ingredients.

  • Eat less.

This last one is the hardest. Keep reading. I’ll tell you why…

On average, we are eating 300 calories more per day than we did in 1980. It begs the question, why? If I could pick one word to answer that question, it’s satiety.

Our food no longer satisfies us the way a good meal, eaten at the dinner table surrounded by the people we love actually should. We’ve cheaply substituted quantity for quality, processed for RAW and fast food for slow home cooked meals.

I will leave you with a recipe from allrecipes.com for an American classic. Meatloaf. Perfect for fall. Make it, eat it with the people you love and leave the dinner table with a happy, dreamy feeling.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 egg

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard

  • 1/3 cup ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.

  3. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.

  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.

Zarmeen Patil, M.S.Biochemistry + Organic Chemistry Wellness and Food Science Coach, Owner of Let's Consider This, personalized nutritional coaching with an emphasis on eating for optimal health. Say goodbye to unwanted weight, relief from chronic pain and autoimmune diseases. Your body is ready to heal. I’m here to show you how. Let’s get started!

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