When you look at your dinner plate, think of it as a pie.
Come again …
It’s easy to adjust your diet when you see 75% of your food plate – like a round pie – as raw or steamed food. This means that at every meal, you should eat 75% raw or steamed food.
This should make sense. And how healthy is this? Very healthy.
Eating 75% raw, or steamed, helps you eliminate unhealthy, processed oils and what I call dead food – food that has been processed to the point of being nutritionally worthless – dead.
Raw or steamed food still contains natural vitamins and minerals that actually “feed” you.
This why we eat in the first place – not because we are hungry, depressed, or anxious, but to fuel our bodies to maintain healthy functioning.
Over-cooking destroys the natural vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in our food. Processed foods have no active nutrients.
Watch Your Fats
Watching fat is really important, but this can get complicated because not all fats are the same. It’s important to know the differences:
- some fats are natural,
- some are boiled as opposed to cold pressed,
- some fats are injected with hydrogen (called hydrogenated).
Hydrogenated oils are manufactured oils, and they are not natural in any way. These oils are found in most fat-free and low-fat food products, and they are not healthy for you.
All margarines are hydrogenated.
Most chips, snack foods, candy bars, pastries, processed cooking oils, and many cereals are hydrogenated, too.
So, beware of hydrogenated fats and oils. They’re lifeless and rancid. They build body toxins and stick in your gut like grease sticks to a dinner plate.
It takes a strong detergent + hot water to clean a greasy plate – so, what can cleanse those greasy, unnatural oils and fats from your body?
Some foods like celery can help, detoxing is good if you detox regularly, but the best thing to do is don’t eat them at all.
Remember, you are what you eat.
Cold-pressed oils are literally squeezed out of natural seeds and nuts. Olive oil, sesame seed oil, grape seed oil, and peanut oil are some examples.
These oils are also found in hydrogenated forms, but they are also sold as cold-pressed. Read your labels before you purchase any bottled oil, and always buy the cold-pressed forms, which are a bit more expensive because they spend quality time extracting the oil.
Cold-pressed oils will not stick to your dinner plate and they won’t clog your insides like hydrogenated oils will.
Because of their natural qualities, cold-pressed oils retain their nutrients that the body uses for fuel, energy, and good health. With proper exercise, the oily leftovers can be excreted out your pores through sweating and daily elimination.
You can enjoy less weight gain when you use natural oils; they don’t stick to your insides (adding weight) like hydrogenated oils do.
Don’t be afraid of your food – don’t fear it’s too fattening, if there’s too much sugar or too many fat calories….if you eat real food that’s fresh and raw, you don’t need to fear your food!
Not real, raw or steamed food, that is.
I used to dread when my mom preached to “eat my vegetables.” She was right, though. (Don’t tell her.)
Try to eat whole grains versus white, bleached flour. Try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Cane sugar and molasses are better choices than eating white (bleached) processed sugars. Drink plenty of water daily instead of soft drinks.
Ah, the wisdom passed down through the ages. I heard it growing up, and now I try to pass it on to my children.
To be fair today, food is not as simple as yesteryear, and is progressively becoming more and more complicated.
Stay natural and stay simple as much as you can.
I advise my kids to stay away from chemical sugar-free products containing aspartame and the other chemical sweeteners. Research has proven aspartame is a very damaging food additive. Too many carbonated drinks of all kinds rob the bones, your gums and teeth of calcium. Carbonation literally lifts calcium out of your bones and carries it out of you body. I see this as high bone nutrient levels in the hair analysis.
Most margarines are processed with nickel and hydrogen; I’d rather eat butter. Pure butter has less chemicals.
Most large, corporate dairies throughout the United States produce milk and dairy products containing the Bovine Growth Hormone (rBST). Many dairy farmers report losing up to 75% of their herds due to BST. So why drink it?
I use dairy products from my hometown, pure dairy. Less chemicals. Natural, real dairy. And I support them financially – what’s a better place to invest my money …
Avoid fast food. If you like to eat out, eat ethnic or home-made whenever possible. Ethnic restaurants typically cook with cold-pressed seed oils and spices that are rich in vitamins and stimulate digestion. If you want American food, patronize restaurants with fresh food and “home-cooking.”
Always eat the real thing every chance you get.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Bottled spring water is rich in natural vitamins and minerals. It may be more expensive, but it’s worth every dime.
If you get headaches, check for aspartame or MSG in your food or drinks. Many people get a headache before they even finish a can of diet soda.
Headaches can be from your diet drink or just the fact that you may be drinking too many sodas as opposed to drinking more water.
Eating well has become dangerously complex today, and that’s a shame.
Many illnesses can easily be sourced to the artificial foods abundant in chemicals that are not meant to be eaten.
Be A Food Detective
Eat fresh foods whenever possible. Remember this when you’re shopping: the fresher, the better.
If the product is stored on the shelf for weeks on end without decaying, don’t waste your time or money buying it.
It’s food no more! Your body will appreciate the difference.
Food used to be just a necessity. Today, good food is an art.
Get back to the basics of eating.
Educate yourself on the new generation of fake food products.
Don’t buy into the advertisements selling fat-free this and sugar-free that as safe to eat without penalty. There IS always a catch.
Eat natural foods grown to nourish your body and soul. Eat real food. Simple food. Unprocessed, unfeigned, uncomplicated food. Food picked from a tree or pulled out of the ground. Food from the Earth, and not from a corporate laboratory.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
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