No, the #1 nutritional deficiency is not any mineral or vitamin. It’s not omega-3s or any amino acid. And I promise you’re not going to correct it by eating more kale or drinking more water.
In fact, the #1 nutritional deficiency cannot be confirmed by any scientific study or lab test.
But I can confirm it in my experience.
You see, since I became a Nutritional Therapist back in 2008 I’ve met with hundreds of people around dozens of different health issues – weight loss, digestive issues, skin issues, autoimmune disorders, mental health and so on. And I’ve also reached thousands more through my ebook on heartburn, my online digestive wellness e-course and here on my blog.
Without question, I’ve identified the #1 nutritional deficiency that unites the majority of all health problems.
I call it….
Hypokitchenemia is a deficiency in knowledge for how to cook and prepare nutrient-dense foods in one’s own kitchen.
Now I know, a lack of cooking skills is not technically a nutritional deficiency. But it will certainly lead to them.
A great meme I saw on Facebook recently said, “Maybe we should stop asking why real food is so expensive and start asking why processed food is so cheap.”
We are more disconnected from where our food comes from than ever before in our history. Almost everything in conventional supermarkets comes from the realm of industrial agriculture, whose goal is not nourishment but rather, cheap, nutrient-deficient food.
And it’s wreaking havoc with our collective health.
On the positive, more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of our food supply – GMOs, pesticides, animals raised in factory farms, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, food colorings, preservatives, etc. The list goes on and on.
But the hard part is not waking up to the nightmares of industrial food. The hard part is avoiding it in a fast-paced culture that almost requires it.
And to avoid it, one must learn to cook. But in today’s world, when the demands on our time and money are viable concerns, we must learn to do it affordably and efficiently.
So in lies the great challenge we all face in reversing hypokitchenemia.
However, there is one key thing we can all start doing to reverse this trend.
In my experience, the best way to do this is to learn how to cook homemade bone broths (also called bone stocks) and soups from scratch.
I believe it to be the foundation for bringing real food into your life in a way that’s doable in the context of our crazy modern day lives.
Once you learn the basics of making them, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can whip up some incredibly hearty, healthy and drop-dead delicious meals. And you can do it in bulk so that you can have meals ready-made throughout the week.
And you can do it with real food sourced sustainably and cheaply.
It will also supply your body with nutrients that support digestive health, bone health, joint health, insomnia and mental health, to name a few.
I teach all my clients about the health benefits of bone broths for chronic digestive issues. Here’s a video for the basics of making chicken and beef stock…
As you can see, it’s not hard. But the hard part is not doing it, it’s just getting into a routine of doing it.
But once you do, you’ll have the foundation for dozens if not hundreds of simple meals that are ready in a matter of minutes.
My new book, Fearless Broths and Soups, is now available! I’m so excited to finally release this book and share my love of all things REAL broths and soups.
As the tagline says, I truly wrote this book for “real people on real budgets.”
All of the recipes emphasize simplicity. They’re geared to all you stressed out moms and dads, workaholics and hypokitchenemics trying to figure out how to eat well with limited funds and time.
But they also emphasize experimentation and improvisation. All of the recipes include adjustable ingredient amounts and tips for variations to encourage you to improvise and find what you like.
Because cooking is ultimately a creative endeavor! Learning how to have fun, improvise and come up with your own creations is a great way to reverse the #1 nutritional deficiency.
I guarantee my book will help you do that.
Here’s a little of what you’ll learn:
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Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.